A few steps on how to quickly get rid of the grime and debris that make your kitchen smell horrible every time you turn on your oven. 

Things You Will Need
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar 
  • A bowl or a squirt bottle (Preferably a squirt bottle)
  • A dirty oven
  • A spatula

Step 1:

First things first
Remove the racks. Using a spatula, scrape up as much of the debris as you can, and throw it away. Most of the big stuff should come up pretty easy. Tip: move the trash can closer to the oven....


Using about a cup of baking soda, more or less depending on the size of your oven, sprinkle it all over the floor of your oven. 


This is where a squirt bottle comes in handy. Spray vinegar all over the baking soda. Use your fingers or a rubber spatula to spread the baking soda around so that it comes into contact with the vinegar and every dirty part of your oven floor. Let sit for 10-20 minutes. 

(alternative: Mix vinegar and baking soda in a bowl to form a paste, and then spread that over your oven floor. Make sure to pour the vinegar slowly because it fizzes up pretty high.)
<p>White vinegar and lemon juice also work pretty good. </p>
Who the heck is inspecting your oven? you poor thing!
lol I actually had an inspection with the rental people in the apartment complex where I live in WV and I actually forgot to clean my oven. I'm being re-inspected because I didn't clean it. I will now....at least this won't take my oxygen away while I'm trying to clean it.
I don't think that is legal in Ontario. Damage deposits are not allowed either. In lots of ways landlords have no rights, which seems a little one sided. How often is your apt. inspected? What happens if you fail and do not comply with their demands?
well...we have annual inspections by the manager as per the owner's rules. Those of us on HUD assistance also get inspected annually to renew the house/apt and see if it still complies...this can be the renter doing something wrong as well as the owner of the complex. I had my annual inspection from the managers that run the development for the owners and I failed because I forgot to clean the oven (I hate the chemical icky part...I have asthma...hard to breathe and scrub with that stuff)....I honestly forgot...I think It was my subconcsious trying to avoid the whole issue. they gave me three weeks to fix the issue. If it isn't done I would get weekly inspections until I comply. If I never comply....well, oops., I'm evicted. I have to say that I have OCD and I can make myself sick cleaning but I have to admit they do keep me on my toes. My place is respectable. I'm dead after all the 'hoop-la-rah' but I suppose its better than filth which I also despise. So everyone gets what they want.... I guess. :-}
I also have asthma, and I know exactly what you are talking about when you mention the fumes. OCD must be so exhausting for you. I'm truly sorry {{{}}} I know I'll get a lot of flack re this suggestion,because of reflection of heat increasing temp etc., but what about lining the bottom rack with aluminum foil?
Well...I tried to use the alluminum foil trick on my oven and the Landlord said I wasn't allowed to do that and made me take it out.....said it was a fire hazard. I just can't win with these guys. <br>
<p>I know this is an old post but hopefully you still check out Instructables. </p><p>Here's a link for an oven liner that is NOT a fire hazard, so your Landlord can not make you take it out. </p><p>It was made just FOR this use!</p><p>http://www.harrietcarter.com/product/oven-liner-4310-1/#</p>
<p>Thanks for that link. I signed up to get their emails, and found a 3 pack of good quality liners on amazon to buy (free shipping). I tried this method in the bathroom some months ago, so looking forward to trying it in the oven.</p>
<p>Watkins is a company that has a great degreaser. You can even use it to wash pots and pans. I stumbled on it at a garage sale and love the way it works. It has cleaned things I didn't think could be saved.</p>
lol A friend of mine suggested that. My feeble mind didn't pick up on that by myself. I thank God for the Instructables info and the feedback...I need the help. lol <br> <br>
Instructables is totally cool. We get to cyberly meet such creative and kind people. My life is really enriched by the group of people that hang out here! :0)
<p>Here in Denver, CO the landlords and property owners have all the rights and the tenants have very little at all. Most times in a larger apt. complex you never see your deposits returned at all. Im reading this post and some others to try to work on some problem areas to try to keep them from charging me above my deposit. yeah, they could even charge more than they already have for a deposit. We have done no damage to this apt. either and that's what sucks because I will leave it cleaner than I found it.</p>
if you visit the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board website for the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act&nbsp;it does say:<em><strong> A landlord may enter a rental unit to inspect for maintenance problems, make repairs, do work or replace something</strong></em>, and then goes on to give details as to how this must be done (ie written 24hr notice, why they wish to enter, the date, and the time between 8am-8pm).&nbsp;on a side note, Co-ops aren't governed by the this Act but by their own by-laws.
I didn't see your post until now. Thanks so much for the info :0) Do you think a landlord could check for general cleanliness? I just purchased a duplex, and the tennants have some questionable habbits that concern me.
why bother telling them you're only there to inspect cleanliness? just tell them you're there for an 'inspection', don't give details. as far as whether or not you are allowed to tell them that they aren't keeping the place clean enough, i don't know about that. are we talking bugs? hoarding becomes a fire safety issue, that's for sure. take a read around the LTB website: http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/index.htm i did find the following on the site: [I]A tenant must keep their rental unit clean, up to the standard that most people would consider ordinary or normal cleanliness.[/I]
This is totally normal and legal pretty much everywhere in the US, including West Virginia where the previous poster is from, Kansas where I grew up, and North Carolina where I am now. <br>And generally, though this varies by how the rental agreement is set up and local laws, a failed inspection loses you your deposit or gets you kicked out. <br><br>I'd hate to own rental property in Canada. Sounds like a renter can pretty much just use it as a party house and destroy the place without being responsible for it at all.
at least in Vancouver -you're right - I'm a renter but I clean professionally and I've seen some horrendous apartments after the tenants have left, booted out or done a bunk without notice, etc. The landlords here say it's all part of doing business- personally I'd check out their refs before they'd get into any of my property. <br>Recently, a landlord I worked for had to call in a specialty hazmat cleaning team, protective gear &amp; breathing apparatus, etc because the place was that bad and the tenants had only been there a few months!
<p>When you rent they can come in and want to inspect you any time they choose. Usually once a year but depends on the people.</p>
<p>As I was working on figuring out the best way to clean my oven without using those toxic fumed oven cleaners, I asked on my facebook page when the last time you all had cleaned your oven was. I was definitely glad to see that I'm not the only one who puts off this chore for long periods of time!</p><p>One of my issues was that I didn&rsquo;t know of a good way to clean my oven <br>without using toxic oven cleaner. My oven does have a self-clean <br>function, but I&rsquo;ve never used one of those before and I feel like it&rsquo;s <br>wasteful because it just leaves your oven on for a really long time, <br>right?</p><p>So, after my research I found that baking soda is the best oven cleaner and I want to assure all the readers that your way of green cleaning the oven is not only environment friendly but also very effective.And I'm a professional cleaner if that makes my opinion heavier :D</p><p>Here&rsquo;s one tip for when stuff overflows into the bottom of your <br>oven, you can pour salt on it to stop it from burning and smoking. <br> I would recommend not using too much salt though, because you will have <br> to wipe it out of there at some point. But, I did feel like the salt <br>down there actually helped to scrub the burnt on stuff off.</p><p>Best regards!</p><p>our site:</p><p><a href="http://cleanersacton.co.uk/w3-carpet-cleaners-w12-acton/" rel="nofollow">http://cleanersacton.co.uk/w3-carpet-cleaners-w12-...</a></p>
<p>O.k., one more thing:) The bottom of the oven comes out. Those screws usually don't hold the bottom down, the ends fit into little holes and the bottom lifts right out. Makes things so much easier. Try it! Heck, even if it is screwed down, remove the screws and lift it out, but I don't think you'll have to do that.</p>
<p>Oh, I forgot to add - no fumes! Just the smell of the vinegar. Non-toxic, too, you can spread it around with your fingers. And, if you live in an apartment or something that gets inspected, using one of those cleaning 'erasers' is so easy! They're the best for cleaning nearly everything. Even good for cleaning your headlights:) The only thing I can't get rid of is that yellowing in my microwave:(</p>
<p>Being the lazy person I am, and a sloppy cooker, I have baked on spills a lot. And, I'm not all into scrubbing stuff either. What I do is to make a paste out of vinegar and cream of tartar. The cooking powder stuff, not what you put on fish:) Just make the paste, wipe it on the spill (like you say, scrap off what you can) and let it sit for a couple of minutes and just wipe it off with a paper towel. No scrubbing, or just a bit. Before you wipe it off, check to see if the spill comes up. If not, and the paste is dry, add a couple of drops of vinegar to make it a paste again and let it sit a few more minutes. This is also useful on those cast iron frying pans that get the gunk all over them. They have to sit a bit longer. I use this on everything. However, I will keep your way on hand as a back up. It seems to be really good. Thanks for posting.</p>
<p>Sorry, but if you actually look at the picture, the oven is far from &quot;clean&quot;. <br><br><em>It's CLEANER, but it's certainly NOT clean. </em><br><br>First thing I noticed in every single &quot;instruct&quot; about this subject is that NONE of you use smart baking practices like using a cover for the bottom of your oven, NEVER having to clean THAT part.<br><br>I love the &quot;idea&quot; of a clean, chemical free oven, but I will not have one that isn't really clean, a mask stops most good (read that again, GOOD, BETTER) oven cleaners that are safer and low odors.</p>
<p>Great post. The one thing I would change is let your oven sit overnight. Then there is very little scrubbing. You are just without an oven for dinner that night....or you can put the baking soda on after dinner and wipe out the next morning. Takes the elbow grease work away. The oven door still needs scrubbed though. Here is my blog post about it, my oven looked WAY worse. http://1organizedmomma.blogspot.com/2015/01/clean-oven-chemical-free.html</p>
<p>I was helping my daughter clean her apt. for her exit inspection, when I realized the oven was a mess. We had used up all the baking soda in the bathrooms so I used a old trick I learned in home-ec for cleaning burnt on pans. Cream of tartar! mixed to a watery paste and applied to to the oven then turn on 350 for about 30 mins and the crusty residue wiped right up.</p>
Yeah i tryed that i guess my oven never got cleaned by the previous owners so its really caked on what should i do!
<p>This totally works, it's a great way to clean your oven without harsh chemicals. I have some before and after posts on my blog if you'd like to see. </p><p>http://www.chachingqueen.com/how-to-clean-your-oven-without-chemicals/</p>
Kind of sort of on topic... I read that if you lay waxpaper on top of high cupords, dust and grime will end up on the wax paper, and all you have to do is change out new waxpaper every 4 months or so.
<p>I put an old towel on top of my fridge for the same reason; who wants to keep cleaning the top of the fridge, when no one sees it, but you have to keep it clean? Then just throw this towel in the wash periodically, and voila, clean top of fridge.</p>
That's a really great tip! I don't have tall (or any, really) cabinets at my house, but I am going to pass that tip along to my mom!
<p>Umm...Baking soda *is* a poisonous chemical. </p><p>http://umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/baking-soda-overdose</p>
Sodium bicarbonate aka baking soda is just as posinous as dihydrogen monoxide aka water. You take to much of anything it becomes what you call posinous.
<p>Once you get your oven clean, put a cookie sheet on the lowest rack to catch most spills. </p>
<p>Incidentally , if your pies boil over during baking , throw a handful of salt over the spill and when it's dry just scrape and brush it out.</p>
<p>Incidentally , if your pies boil over during baking , throw a handful of salt over the spill and when it's dry just scrape and brush it out.</p>
<p>How do you clean the baked on grease splatters from the glass inside the oven? I've tried everything, including a straight blade scraper with no results. Please help!</p>
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I so hope this works, I make yorkshire puddings or as they are know in the US as popovers, I think, so I have oil burnt into the bottom of my ovens, have tried to turn them up full blast, its burns but its doesnt clean it and neither does the poisonous cleaning products, so here goes
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Most shelf cleaning products are toxic to humans. My main cleaners are vinegars, baking soda, peroixde, washing soda, and borax. Glad to see someone else using their head and keeping our world a safer place to live. A Healthy Home Has No Smell.
So this works for someone who bakes alot? I use the oven about 4-5x a week and I hate cleaning it so it only gets cleaned about once a month. Would this work on heavily used ovens?
I'm not sure... My oven is small and only used by a family of two. Perhaps for a larger, more used oven, you could try the self cleaning method Raksab mentions below...
There is a way that is even easier than this! A lot of ovens have a &quot;self-clean&quot; setting, and the ones that don't, just turn them up as hot as they will go (500 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) and leave it on for a couple hours. All the gunk in the oven will burn to ash. Then you just have to turn it off, let it cool, and wipe away the ashes with a damp cloth.
I'll have to try that!
I read this instructable a long time ago and finally tried it out today.<br><br>Worked great! Thanks ejarrell!

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