Most people have a love/hate relationship with oven cleaners. That’s because people need a cleaner that’s strong enough to cut through all of the crud deposits which builds up on the inside of our ovens, but we don’t want to suffocate on the fumes that heavy-duty cleaners have. And that’s probably why many people wait till the last possible second to clean their ovens.
Although I may not help you avoid the fumes of most oven cleaners, I do think that I can steer you in the direction of a good quality cleaner. One that will cut through the grease and grime on the inside of your oven so that you don’t have to use as much elbow grease to get the job done. Below are the top ten cleaners I recommend for cleaning your oven.
My Picks for The 10 Best Oven Cleaners
#10 Astonish Oven & Cookware Cleaner
Unlike many other cleaners designed for the oven, this product is a powder that the user makes into a paste to clean the oven. Using it is not only easy but also safe as this product is non-toxic and can even be touched by your bare hands, although I would still recommend using gloves when using any cleaner. It does a good job of cleaning ovens and is also capable of being used on ceramic surfaces, bathtubs, and even shower doors. This product is a biodegradable formula that’s certified Animal Cruelty-Free and has a pleasant odor to it. One of the best things about this product, however, is that it can also be used as a dish detergent alternative and used to clean pans, cookware, and even delicate stovetops.
#9 Carbona 2-In-1 Oven Rack And Grill Cleaner
Using this product, users can clean their ovens in three simple steps. It comes with everything needed to get the job done including a rack cleaning bag, disposable gloves, and the over cleaning solutions. All that has to be done is to bag it, soak it and then rinse it for an effective clean that takes all of the work out of the process. This cleaner saves time and doesn’t require as much elbow grease to get the oven clean, but it isn’t as effective as some other cleaners. However, it can be used on both stainless steel and enamel ovens and does a pretty good job of cleaning BBQ grill grates as well. I also really appreciate the fact that I didn’t have to turn my oven on to get the oven clean.
#8 Easy Off Professional Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish
Made specifically for cleaning stainless steel ovens, this product is not only capable of cleaning but is also capable of polishing stainless steel surfaces. Although it doesn’t have the same power as other Easy-Off formulations, it also doesn’t produce the heavy fumes that these others do. It’s also a formulation that can be easily used on brushed chrome, so it can easily be used for both home and commercial kitchens. One of the best features about this oven cleaner is that it cleans but isn’t extremely abrasive and won’t scratch delicate metal surfaces. This product also does an amazing job of removing smears and fingerprints from metal, too.
#7 Krud Kutter KK32 Concentrated Cleaner
Krud Kutter wasn’t a cleaner brand that I was familiar with before I found it online and decided to pick up a bottle to try. And now after I have tried it, I’m wondering why I didn’t try it sooner. Although this product isn’t specifically made to be an oven cleaner, it did do a great job at cleaning my oven inside and out. It worked well enough that I decided I would try it out on other surfaces around my kitchen and discovered that it did a good job for my entire kitchen. And maybe best of all, this cleaner is water-based and is non-toxic and completely biodegradable, so I can feel good about using it on a regular basis.
#6 Zep Heavy-Duty Oven and Grill Cleaner
If there’s one thing I have to say about this cleaner is that it really does a great job cleaning up oven messes. It not only handled baked-on foods, but it cleaned up grease and even those charcoal deposits that form over time in the bottom of the oven. It’s also extremely easy-to-use, and all that really has to be done to use it is to spray it on, let it work its magic and then wipe it off. In my experience, I found that very little elbow grease was needed to finish the job. So, why isn’t it higher on this list? That’s because its fumes are strong enough to really be offensive. Yes, when people think of the odor that oven cleaners have, this is probably the strong scent they think about. Needless to say, you really have to protect yourself while using this product. If you don’t mind the smell or the hassle of all the protective equipment, then this cleaner will get just about any oven clean.
#5 Easy Off Heavy Duty Cleaner
Sometimes when you have an extremely dirty oven you don’t want to chance using an untested oven cleaner, so you pull out a brand you’ve known your entire life. And for me, this brand is Easy Off Heavy Duty. It was a simple enough decision to use this product to clean my oven because I knew what it was capable of doing. I knew that it could cut through grease, cut through stuck on stains and power away stuck-on charcoal. And it could do it in only a matter of a few minutes. Sure it has an obnoxious smell to it that can be overpowering at times, but few people can complain that it doesn’t do a good job cleaning. Just be sure if you use it, that you use adequate protection and this cleaner will most likely get the job done for you.
#4 Mr. Muscle Oven and Grill Cleaner
This cleaner is formulated to be an institutional formula, so I was immediately ready for it to do a good job and I must say I wasn’t disappointed. This product does have heavy-duty cleaning power that can get through a variety of different messes. It can power through grease, break down old food particles, and clean up those little charcoal bits that are always hanging out on oven racks. It can be used for quick cleanup jobs, or it can be allowed to sit to get through especially tough stains. Either way, it does an impressive job of cleaning messes inside a variety of different ovens. It can also be used on broilers, grills, vent hoods and even steam table-tops, too.
#3 Diversey Break-Up Professional Oven & Grill Cleaner
Although this cleaner has some pretty strong fumes, as most oven cleaners do, it does do an amazing job at cutting through messes in my oven. I noticed that it not only went through grease like a charm but handled all manner of different messes. It cleaned up spilled tomato sauce, burnt-on cheese and a charcoal mess I couldn’t recognize anymore. And it did all of it without hesitation and without me needed to scrape it down a whole lot. Of course, anyone using this product should be sure to wear the proper safety equipment, but if they do, they can end up with a nice clean oven in no time flat.
#2 Easy Off Fume-Free Formula
Designed for cold-oven cleaning, this product not only does a great job at cutting through grease and grime, but it did it with fewer fumes than other commercial cleaners. All that has to be done is to spray it on, let it sit for approximately 40-minutes and then wipe it off. That’s all there is to it. When you’re done, the oven is cleaner and looks much better. It’s safe enough to be applied without gloves because it doesn’t use lye in its formulation. It also has a lemon scent that might not be really pleasant but is better than the toxic fumes of other cleaners. This product cannot only be used in ovens but can be used to clean broilers and BBQ grills as well.
#1 Cerama Bryte Glass-Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner
Although this product is actually designed to clean cooktops, I’ve noticed that it did an admirable job of cleaning the inside of the oven as well. Sure, it won’t power through heavy-duty messes, but if your oven isn’t too dirty, it will do a remarkable job at cleaning it. And it will do it without all of the fumes associated with some of the heavy-duty cleaning formulations. Where it really shines, however, is cleaning the door on my stainless steel oven. It’s powerful enough to clean the oven door but can do it without scratching the surface. Taking everything into consideration, it’s a formula that I think many people could use in their kitchen.
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How to Properly Clean Your Oven
If you’re like me, then you want to make sure that your entire kitchen is as clean as possible. That includes everything from the kitchen walls to the floors and everything in between. It also means that I like to keep my appliances in tip-top shape, too. And at the top of my list for cleaning is always my oven. It’s at the top of my list only because it always seems like it’s messy.
Although I try to use the self-cleaning function on my oven on a regular basis, sometimes it’s not enough to keep my oven clean. Sometimes I have to resort to oven cleaners to make sure that my oven is in the best condition possible. And while most of these cleaners are pretty easy and safe to use, there are a few things to consider when using them.
Step One: Choose Your Oven Cleaner
Let’s face facts: if you have an extremely dirty oven, then you are going to want to use a high-quality oven cleaner. In the above list, you have ten of them to choose from for your personal cleaning. Sure, there are also homemade cleaners that you can make at home, but it’s my experience that none of the homemade cleaners do as good a job at cleaning an oven as commercial cleaners do. And there does come a point when you won’t be able to use the self-cleaning function on your oven either because the mess is just too large. That’s because if you have a heavily soiled oven, then using the self-cleaning function can cause some of the stuck-on food to catch fire. And trust me, no one wants that.
If you feel like your oven isn’t dirty enough to clean regularly with a commercial cleaner, then you can make a homemade version using baking soda, vinegar, water, and a simple spray bottle. This method requires mixing the baking soda and water into a mix, applying it to the inside of the oven, and then waiting for 12-hours for it to work its magic. After that, you then use a spray bottle with vinegar to finish the process off. As I said, this won’t handle big messes, but it will tackle some of the smaller messes. Personally, I like to use cook-top cleaner for the smaller weekly messes that are made and when I want a heavy-duty cleaner than I choose one of the ones by Easy Off.
Step Two: Gather the Proper Supplies
You’re going to need more than just your favorite oven cleaner to do this job. You are also going to need protective equipment and additional cleaning materials. For safety equipment, you should have long rubber gloves, a mask and protective safety glasses available. After all, most oven cleaners not only produce highly toxic fumes but they are also extremely corrosive. Which means you want to keep your skin, lungs and mucous membranes safe from these chemicals. So always wear the correct protection.
Other things you’re going to need are some cleaning supplies which can include a damp rag or sponge, paper towels or old newspapers and some kind of scrub brush. You should be especially careful when selecting a scrub brush because you’ll want something that can be used to power through messes, but you want to make sure that it also won’t scratch the surface it’s being used on. Also, you’ll want to make sure that you have several large plastic trash bags to place the racks in while they’re being cleaned.
Step Three: Get to Work!
Read Your Oven Cleaner’s Instructions: This should be the first step before you do anything else. Make sure that you read and understand all of the instructions on your cleaner. If I happen to contradict any of the instructions provided by your cleaner’s label, then you should follow your label’s instructions and disregard my advice.
Lay Out Your Newspapers or Paper Towels: Now, you’ll want to protect your floor by laying down newspapers or paper towels directly beneath the front of your oven. They will be used to catch any of the crud or excess cleaner that falls out of the oven during the cleaning process.
Put on Your Safety Equipment: Yes, make sure that you put on your safety glasses, your elbow-length rubber gloves, and your respiratory mask before you begin. Also, make sure that your pilot light is off if you have a gas oven. Remember, safety first!
Spray the Oven: Shake your oven cleaner, remove its lid and then begin spraying the inside of the oven. Make sure that you spray the sides, the back, the bottom, the top and all of the oven’s corners with a few exceptions. If you have an electric stove, then don’t spray the heating elements. If you have a gas stove, then don’t spray where the pilot is located. Once you’ve covered the surfaces being cleaned, close the door.
Give it Time to Work: The next thing you’ll want to do is wait the appropriate amount of time for the oven cleaner to work. Naturally, this will vary from product to product, but it usually is anywhere from 20-minutes up to 1-hour, depending on your brand.
Clean Your Racks: While you’re waiting for your oven to clean, take your racks outside and spray them down with oven cleaner. When you’ve sprayed them down, place them in the plastic garbage bags and tie them up. Leave them in the bag for the recommended amount of time listed by your cleaning product’s label. Now turn your attention back to your oven.
Wipe Your Oven: When the recommended amount of time has passed, open your oven and begin wiping down all of its interior surfaces with your damp sponge or rag. If you have to use your scrubbing brush, now is the time to do so to make sure all dirt and grime are adequately removed. Make sure that you cover every inch of your oven before turning your attention back to your oven racks.
Wipe Your Racks: Open the garbage bag containing your oven racks and take them to your sink. In your sink, make sure you use hot, soapy water to get the racks clean. Now dry them with a dry towel and return them back to the oven. Now all that’s left is to relight your pilot light, if you have a gas stove, and enjoy your nice, clean oven.