Prepare your oven for Christmas with this quick and easy three-ingredient oven cleaner recipe 59



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The typical oven cleaners you see in supermarkets not only have a very pungent smell, they are caustic and can be very dangerous if you touch them. Is that the sort of thing you want to have in an appliance you cook food in? We didn’t think so!

It is possible to get all the baked on grease and grime off your oven without resorting to potentially harmful measures – we have a completely safe and effective way to clean your oven that will save you time and money.

What you’ll need:

  • Bi-carb soda
  • White vinegar
  • Dishwashing detergent


  • Rubber gloves
  • Damp wipe
  • Plastic spatula
  • Spray bottle


  1. Remove your oven racks and anything else you have inside the oven. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix half a cup of bi-carb soda with a few tablespoons of water. Adjust until you have a spreadable paste.
  3. Spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven, steering clear of the heating elements. The paste will turn a brown colour as you rub it in but don’t worry.
  4. Allow the bi-carb soda mixture to rest for at least 12 hours, or overnight.
  5. Meanwhile, clean your oven racks:
    1. Line the bottom of your bathtub with two old towels and place racks on top.
    2. Fill your bathtub with very hot water until the oven racks are covered.
    3. Add 1/2 cup of powdered or liquid dishwasher detergent to the bath water. Swish around until dissolved.
    4. Let the racks soak overnight
    5. The next day, gunk on the racks should be soft and easy to wipe off.
  6. The next morning, take a damp cloth and wipe out as much of the dried bi-carb soda paste as you can. Use a spatula to help scrape off the paste.
  7. Put a little vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz everywhere you still see baking soda residue in your oven. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and gently foam.
  8. Take your damp cloth and wipe out the remaining foamy mixture. Repeat until all the baking soda residue is gone. Add more water or vinegar to your cloth as needed while wiping to really get the oven clean and shiny.
  9. Replace the oven racks and anything else you keep in your oven, and you’re done!

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  1. Don’ like conventional oven cleaners but they work, especially when you wash the racks later with steel wool pads.

  2. I wouldn’t waste my time with this method unless all my oven had been used for was warming plates. Most commercial products have ingredients that are aggressive for one reason, doesn’t take much thinking about.

    Sellys Oven Clean is the best I’ve ever used and it’s not expensive.

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    • Is that the Selleys Oven Plus Gel? If it is, I totally agree Fred, it’s by far the best. Ozkleen Grease Monkey with a bit of elbow grease is pretty good too. My daughter moved house at the weekend and my job was to clean the oven. I got a lot of the excess off with the Grease Monkey and the Selleys completely got rid of the hard baked on stuff without leaving me gasping for air like toxic, caustic cleaners do.

    • The one I use comes as a pressure pack Jennifer, I can only imagine they are the same product but in different forms.

  3. Sounds doable.
    My problem is that with two gammy knees I am unable to kneel down or even crouch down to clean the oven. So I only use the oven when absolutely necessary so as to avoid getting it mucky in the first place.

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    • Ruth if you like roasting, Aldi, now and again have electric glass ovens around $34.00 I got mine marked down to $19.00. I must say it cooks better the my oven and a pork roast incredible crackling snaps like toffee. Lol 😊

    • I have one to Christina, you get the best roast pork out of it and then they clean themselves on the wash cycle!

    • I have a glass round oven! I’d forgotten! Not sure where it is but I will find it! I used to use it a lot in summer as it didn’t heat the house up so much! Haven’t use it since we moved. Thanks ladies! Search is on!

    • Thank you ladies. Will look into getting one. Especially for when my grand daughter is here as she loves nuggets and chips which I prefer to do in the oven rather than deep fry.

    • Bi- carb white vinegar washing detergent but its a little complicated for me to type it all down Marlene SAS may be able to assist you. 😊😊😊

    • Re the glass oven its great for caravanning too. I can’t believe I cook a roast while caravanning, lol. He loves his roast though. 😊

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