Oven cleaner is something never to bring into your home. It is not good for the environment, it is not good for indoor air quality and is particularly a bad idea if anyone in the house has asthma or any type of lung condition. There is an effective, easy, green and frugal substitute using lemons, vinegar and baking soda.

Quick Instructions

1. Wash oven with soapy water (mix eco-friendly washing up soap, like Ecover with water).
2. Mix baking soda and water into a spray or paste – the dirtier the oven, the more baking soda needed. Coat the oven surface well, don’t touch the heating elements and leave overnight.
3. Wipe down with a damp cloth or use an ice scraper if there is a lot of residue
4. Mix a 1:1 Vinegar and water spray, coat the oven surface and watch the baking soda go bubbly then wipe down with a damp cloth
5. Cook 2 sliced lemons (squeeze out the juice and toss in the rest) with an inch of water in a roasting dish for 20- 30 minutes to remove unpleasant smells.

It may require some scrubbing for particularly dirty ovens, but for those with dexterity issues that are unable to do this, use some spray bottles with easy-squeeze triggers and omit the scrubbing part as well as step 1. Spray the baking soda+water, leave overnight, wipe down, spray the vinegar+water, wipe down, cook the lemons, rinse and repeat until the oven is clean enough.

Step-by-step natural oven cleaning guides:

If this isn’t something you’ve tried before, read some of these step-by-step guides first as the quick instructions above does not point out every detail, it’s more of a cheat sheet for next month’s deep clean.

Mother Nature Network: How to clean an oven naturally
The Kitchn: How To Clean an Oven With Baking Soda & Vinegar
Apartment Therapy Tutorials: How To Clean an Oven Without Harsh Chemicals