How to Easily Clean Your Oven Without Chemicals, Non-Toxic (with pictures)

Non-Toxic Easy Way to Clean Your Oven without Chemicals

As a breast cancer survivor and mom of 2 kids, I try to be careful about using too many chemicals.  I want to make sure the house is clean, but prefer to clean using natural, organic, and non-toxic ingredients.  We use our oven a lot and it gets pretty messy from exploded baked potatoes, cookie dough, juices, sauces, and more.  I wanted to clean my oven without chemicals, using non-toxic products.  I have been using vinegar and baking soda to clean other things around the house so I thought why not try it on the oven.  Here’s an easy way to clean your oven without chemicals.

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What you need for non-toxic oven cleaning:

Directions to clean an oven without chemicals:
1. Remove the oven racks (you can clean these separately the same way).
2. Spray the whole oven including the inside of the door with the vinegar/water mixture. Get it pretty wet all over.
3. Sprinkle baking soda everywhere putting more on any caked on food particles.
4. Sprinkle a thick layer of course salt over the baking soda.
5. Spray again with the vinegar/water. You’ll hear a nice bubbling sound from the reaction of the vinegar and baking soda.
6. Leave it to sit overnight.
7. With the course side of sponge scrub the oven. You’ll see how easily everything comes up. This was amazing to me.
8. Spray again with vinegar/water to help remove everything.
9. Wipe with old towels or paper towels.

That’s it! You’ll have a nice shiny oven and a happy mama. At, least I know I was a happy mama. It didn’t take long and I had a nice, clean, chemical-free oven. Yea!

Now, to prevent the oven from getting super messy again, I’m going to buy one of these oven liners. You put it at the bottom of your oven and it collects all the spills. You can remove it, clean it with soap and water, and reuse it.

Here are some pictures of the non-toxic oven cleaning process.

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31 comments… add one

  • Laura Gallitz
    January 3, 2014, 7:28 pm Reply

    Do you leave the oven open or closed while it sits overnight?

  • Rebecca
    January 27, 2014, 2:38 am Reply

    Did you remove the heating element? If not did you spray it too?

  • Cha Ching Queen
    February 4, 2014, 7:53 pm Reply

    I did not remove the heating element. I just sprayed around it.

  • Meg
    February 11, 2014, 3:21 am Reply

    Just used this method to clean my oven. Omg the thing hasn’t looked that nice in at least 8 years…and I didn’t even leave the water/vinegar & baking soda in all night, just a couple of hours. I honestly am getting rid of the 4-5 bottles of oven cleaner I have living under my sink now, I tried different kinds and none of them have worked as well as this. Thank you!
    Ps….we have the exact same oven as you do ^_^

  • Thomasina
    March 26, 2014, 4:53 pm Reply

    This is amazing, it works!!!!

  • Lorie
    March 26, 2014, 10:30 pm Reply

    I just finished spraying my oven down with the vinegar, baking soda, salt recipe. I can hardly wait for morning to scrub it all out. My oven isn’t super dirty, but it isn’t proud to have you see it clean either. I’ll let you know how it turns out!!

  • Jaimi@TheStayatHomeMomSurvivalGuide
    March 31, 2014, 8:53 pm Reply

    Fantastic tip! I really need to clean my oven but do not want to use the canned stuff. I am so glad I found this tip on Pinterest. Thank you!

  • Paul
    April 3, 2014, 6:30 pm Reply

    After spraying with the mixture , how do you get the baking soda and salt to stick to the sides?

    • Cha Ching Queen
      April 18, 2014, 2:30 pm Reply

      I just kind of throw it in there… like you are doing splatter paints. :)

  • Etta Su
    April 20, 2014, 11:48 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing this simple oven cleaning tip. One suggestion – the oven liner you pointed to has PTFE – per fluorinated chemicals – in it. Just line the bottom with aluminum foil and replace as spills happen.

  • Tracy @ Our Simple Life
    June 13, 2014, 2:42 pm Reply

    Cleaning my oven is on my to-do list this weekend and I am going to give this a try. I usually let me oven go through the self-cleaning mode but it uses so much energy I am going to try this method. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Maureen
    August 23, 2014, 10:50 pm Reply

    I have used a similar recipe for my oven.
    5T Vinegar
    5T Baking Soda
    5 drops of Dawn dish soap

    mix into a paste and paint your oven. Let it sit for no less than 15 minutes, but the dirtier your oven the longer you let it sit. Rinse with wash cloth and warm water. I’m always amazed at how well it works.

  • Alamein
    September 9, 2014, 11:06 pm Reply

    Thanks Maureen for the recipe that allows you to clean the oven after 15 or so minutes after applying product! I am definitely going to use this as bought oven cleaning products are so toxic.

  • Brenda
    September 23, 2014, 7:40 am Reply

    Thanks! Another reason to try this method is because self cleaning ovens can blow up during the self clean cycle. Ours did. After many months of fighting with KitchenAid replaced our oven. I don’t want to re-live that experience. Dangerous!

    • Cha Ching Queen
      January 1, 2015, 9:04 pm Reply

      That’s scary. I’m glad you got them to replace it.

  • marlene downing
    November 28, 2014, 5:09 pm Reply

    I have a self cleaning oven

  • I will try this method tonight.
    December 5, 2014, 3:36 pm Reply

    hoping for a sparkling oven…

  • K
    January 6, 2015, 2:47 pm Reply

    Vinegar = acetic acid
    Baking soda = sodium bicarbonate
    Salt = sodium chloride

    So much for “chemical free”!

  • Felicia
    January 13, 2015, 5:50 am Reply

    I followed this recipe to the tee and I did not have any real results. Did u turn your oven on while u let it sit or is there a special scrubbie you used? I was so looking forward to using something other than ammonia bc I can’t stand the smell of that stuff yuck! But I tried this twice and it did not work

    • Cha Ching Queen
      January 20, 2015, 4:01 pm Reply

      I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. What exactly didn’t work? I’m curious as it has been great each time I have done it. I did not turn my oven on while I let it sit. I just used a regular sponge. Make sure you use one that won’t scratch your oven.

  • Becky in KC
    January 14, 2015, 4:10 pm Reply

    I just did this for my gas oven. I forgot to set it up last night so I did it today and left it for a couple hours. It cleaned up like a charm! I had to clean it by hand even tho it is a self-cleaning oven because we had purchased one of those take and bake pizzas and toppings had spilled all over in the oven. Trying to self-clean had every smoke detector in our three-story home singing! Thanks for the simple, chemical free way to clean the beast!

  • lisa
    January 15, 2015, 10:47 am Reply

    Can I put on and want for a one hrs. Can I clean it .

  • web site
    January 23, 2015, 9:25 am Reply

    I am glad to know that there is a natural way to clean my oven! I hate the ordinary toxic cleaners and this cleaning recipe sounds like the best substitute! Thanks a lot for sharing! Swiss Cottage Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  • Laura
    January 25, 2015, 3:16 pm Reply

    i tried this last night and cleaned it off today and what a horrible idea! My oven is cleaner, not sparkling by any means and I sat there for 4 hours trying to get the baking soda guck out of all of the crevices in my oven door and there is still a lot caked in there. Also as much as I wipe it off there is still a white film everywhere!! I can’t get it off. I’m tired of cleaning my oven. I should have just used soap and water I would have had to scrub the same amount. Ugh.

    • Roses1
      March 8, 2015, 8:45 am Reply

      Keep spraying with the vinegar and water solution, or spray with straight vinegar… The baking soda will bubble right out of the crevices… Then wash the oven down with warm water and a sponge.

  • Jessica
    February 14, 2015, 3:43 pm Reply

    Used this to clean out my oven today and I was amazed that it came that clean without harsh chemicals. I let it set for only 2 hours and it worked really well. Did your oven smell funky the next time you used it?

  • Valary Simons
    May 7, 2015, 7:46 am Reply

    Cleaning the oven is one of the most daunting tasks in my opinion. Thanks for sharing your tips and providing great pictures. You’re a saviour.

  • Healthy Ager
    August 4, 2015, 9:08 pm Reply

    That’s one clean oven!!! Vinegar and baking soda are my go to cleaning items around my house to.

  • Katchben
    August 31, 2015, 8:41 am Reply

    We have a self cleaning oven. But our BBQ isn’t!! I usually put the racks in the dishwasher on the ‘pots and pans’ cycle, which does a pretty decent job of getting rid of grease and most of the burnt on build up. Rather than using oven cleaner for this, I’m going to give this a try. As for the rest of the BBQ, this solution may be a lot less tedious than using kitchen wipes and paper towels! Fingers crossed, I’m going to do this soon when the summer grilling season has come to an end. ☺

  • Chantal
    September 30, 2015, 7:41 pm Reply

    No idea why this would work since baking soda and vinegar cancel each other’s ph level out and ur left with basically water

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