Natural Oven Cleaner… Easy as 1, 2 & 3!!

Natural Oven Cleaner

It’s a new year, which means new goals right? 

Well, a HUGE goal I’ve had for a while now was to clean my oven. Boy or boy was it yucky and I have been using it almost a year without cleaning it, yes– I did just confess that. 

You see, we bought our first house, a Log-home and moved in (in January of last year), got mostly unpacked, had a homebirth, started a new school year and got on with life. Time passed and I kept telling myself I’ll do it later. Later came and went but while my parents were visiting for Christmas, my mom got it started. 

I am pretty sure the oven hadn’t been cleaned in years, if not decades.

With a little elbow grease and this natural recipe, we got our oven to look (almost) as good as new, considering it is a 20 year old oven. 

  Before the #Natural Oven Cleaner

Natural Oven Cleaner

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Natural Oven Cleaner... Easy as 1, 2 & 3!!
Clean your oven naturally without all the harsh chemicals.
Recipe type: Natural Cleaners
What you need:
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • *optional: lemon essential oil
What to do:
  1. Gather ingredients, remove racks
  2. Before your ready to start cleaning, make a paste using 2 parts baking soda, 1 part vinegar, adding in about 10 drops of lemon essential oil if you'd like to, set aside
  3. Spread paste all over turn oven. Turn oven on high for about 30-40 seconds, then turn off, let sit for a minimum of 1 hour or overnight
  4. Get a washcloth or scrubber and begin scrubbing all over, residue should begin to come off
  5. Rinse washcloth or scrubber as needed, scrub and repeat using paste
  6. Once finished, wet a wash cloth and wipe out all remaining paste, and you should have a shiny clean oven
*I used dōTERRA lemon essential oil

  After cleaning the oven, with #DIY Cleaner

We got started using the recipe above. Since it’s non-toxic and all natural, I felt safe letting my kids help, after all this helps with teaching them that everyone needs to share the workload as well as teaches them responsibility. You probably can see a spot in the middle, well, we scrubbed and scrubbed but couldn’t get the 20 years of baked on residue in the middle but maybe next time, it’ll come off. 

Kids helping to clean the oven

As I noted in the recipe, the Lemon essential oil is not a mandatory ingredient but I recommend it because not only does it help make your cleaning area smell wonderful, it helps to break down the grease and helps to make the surface area sparkle! 🙂 

How do you keep your oven clean? 

About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to four children and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family, and health. You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family.


  1. I follow the same protocol and it works great. This has inspired me to clean it again!

  2. That is amazing! I am so trying this!

  3. Holy clean dish washer. That’s incredible. Great DIY oven cleaning recipe…thanks for sharing!!!

  4. So cool! I love using this method too. It really does work! 🙂

  5. My oven looks like the before picture, and I’m all about natural ways to clean. This post is perfect, and I am so appreciative that you took the time to write it! Thank you!!

  6. Wow, very impressive and such a simple recipe! Love it, thanks!

  7. My oven is Begging for this right now, haha! I have been putting it off because I just couldn’t handle any toxic chemicals and didn’t really think it could be this easy, lol! I can’t wait to try this, thanks for the article!

  8. I’ve always heard baking soda makes a good oven cleaner, but I’ve never seen it in action. Wow! That’s impressive!

  9. Baking soda is magical 😉

  10. You have the cutest helpers!