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Quickest Way to Clean your Oven The Non-Toxic Way

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how to clean oven without chemicals

Well, like I mentioned before, I have not been spending too much time in the kitchen. I have been abiding by the sign above and watching my happy children make my floor stickier by each passing summer day.

I read this somewhere and know it too well to be true: “Cleaning your house while your children are home is like brushing your teeth while eating oreos.” Amen to that.

But, just recently I went on this crazy purging and cleaning spree. A house full of boys and their friends in the summertime, romping carefree through the house, leaving trails of crumbs and puddles from wet swimsuits behind them,  just may have been what set me off.

And I clearly need more excitement in my life because this following discovery has thrilled me to no end.

I figured out a magic concoction to clean the disgusting, baked-on crud off of my oven door….without chemicals! And it is a completely quick and easy way to make it sparkly clean.

My oven gets a lot of use and I never thought I could get it this see-through again.

I do get that my oven has a self-cleaning feature. I just refuse to use it because I hate that smell more than I hate looking at my gross mess in there. So I usually just scrub any immediate messes the best I can and then go about my day.

non-toxic way to clean oven

So…after reading about a number of different non-toxic, natural, chemical-free oven cleaning remedies, I finally decided to combine a bunch of ideas and create my own. It was so simple and only involved exactly what I had on hand.

First I opened the oven door.

Then I sprayed it with a mixture of white Vinegar and Water.

Then I covered this mixture with Baking Soda.

Then I covered that with Kosher Salt.

Then I sprayed a little more of that lovely Vinegar and Water. You could actually hear the Vinegar and Baking Soda working their magic together and sizzling away.

Then I waited. I am not good at waiting patiently. I could have let it sit overnight. I figured ten minutes would have to do just fine though.

Then I scrubbed. Then my husband started laughing at me.

Then he scrubbed. Then I started laughing at him.

Note the blurry picture. It is because I was, indeed, laughing at him while capturing this moment on film.

how to clean your oven without chemicals

Then he got out this AMAZING RETRACTABLE RAZOR (and trust me when I say you want one of these…they are only like $5 or $6 and have hundreds of uses)….

quickest way to clean your oven

Then he made a few swipes across the entire face of the oven glass. And all of a sudden?

THIS HAPPENED!! Every ounce of crud was gone. gone. gone.

How to Clean Oven Without Chemicals

Note: if you do the above steps, always keep the glass very very wet if you are scraping with a razor so that you do not scratch the glass.

And then I went online and bought this AMAZING OVEN LINER so that I do not have to depend on my oven for my arm work outs…

oven liner

These mats simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. No more messes! Brilliant, I tell you. Brilliant.

So..I guess the actual recipe would go something like this:

How to Clean Your Oven Without Chemicals


  • 1 Spray Bottle
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 Razor Blade


1.  Mix water and vinegar together in the spray bottle. Spray this mixture all over your oven door and/or the inside of your oven.

2.  Sprinkle a thick layer of the Kosher Salt evenly over this mixture.

3. Sprinkle a thick layer of the Baking Soda over the salt.

4. Spray the vinegar/water mixture over the salt and baking soda until it forms a paste. Note: you should begin to hear the vinegar and baking soda working together at this point. Now. Let it sit.

5.  Then, using a scouring pad, scrub with a little man power until you start to see the crud coming off. Once you have scrubbed all that you want, get out your razor and, making sure that the mixture stays very wet, gently scrape off any remaining crud.

That’s it!

Now go buy your oven liner pronto so you don’t have to ever do this again!!

So tell me…how do you clean your oven?


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  1. On August 14, 2013 Jayne said

    Just a quick question— in the recipe for cleaning the oven door, it says to use Kosher Salt,but in the directions it says sea salt..Would it make a difference?

    • On August 16, 2013 Maureen Purnell said

      Is there a difference between Kosher Salt and Sea Salt? I’ve never heard of Kosher Salt.

      • On August 16, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

        Hi Maurenn! The real main difference between the two is really in the shape and size of the crystals, not so much in the chemical makeup. Kosher salt has large, rough crystals which make it better for gently scrubbing off that oven grit. 😉

    • On August 16, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Oye, Jayne!! How did I ever miss that – fixed it. It actually does not really matter, but he real main difference between the two is really in the shape and size of the crystals, not so much in the chemical makeup. Kosher salt has large, rough crystals which make it better for gently scrubbing off that oven grit. Kosher salt is also a lot less expensive than Sea Salt. Thanks!! 🙂

  2. On September 20, 2013 Tiffany said

    I’ve used this same mixture for my tub grime. I can’t tell you the number of hours and amount of money I’ve wasted trying to get that thing clean. It worked so well that I went out and bought a big supply of baking soda and white vinegar!

  3. On December 17, 2013 Heather Sears said

    What kinds of chemicals isvthe oven mat emitting when its being heated in such high temps. Ive always wondered about that

    • On August 4, 2014 Angelina said

      Lots of toxins!

  4. On December 26, 2013 Andrea said

    One suggestion I would add is running the razor blade across after soaking – before all the elbow grease effort, then there is less scrubbing in the end!

  5. On December 28, 2013 Sandy M. said

    Anyone know where to buy large gallon jugs of peroxide? Totally unrelated to this cleaning problem. Looking forward to trying this tomorrow.

  6. On January 25, 2014 Rebecca said

    How do you get all of the mixture out of the oven after cleaning it?

  7. On January 27, 2014 Kathy said

    Can you use it on a gas oven? I’ve always had an electric stove but I’ve had a gas one for almost a year now, which I love but I’m kind of leery about what I can clean it with. Also, would you mind if I put this on my blog with a link to your site? Thanks!

  8. On February 2, 2014 Giselle said

    Love it! I just cleaned mine and I can’t wait to try this way! I had a hard time getting mine clean! Thank you!

  9. On April 28, 2014 Heather said

    Hi there. I noticed how beautiful your floors look in the pictures. How do you keep them shiny. It drives me mad with the three kids and the dogs… Every time it rains… Ugh..

    • On April 30, 2014 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Heather! I actually use about 2tsps of Murphy’s Oil in about 1 gallon of water. I also use a Starfiber mop. So nothing too fancy, but it does seem to keep the wood floors looking pretty nice. 🙂 We have dogs and boys and it seems like a never ending battle. LOL

  10. On July 9, 2014 Emmie said

    I just wanted to add that I seldom use razor blades for cleaning. I keep old credit cards and those are my go to’s for tubs, shower door, tracks, pots and pans, etc. You’d be surprised how great those little suckers are and they don’t ruin anything. And they’re FREE since you’re re-purposing!!

    Happy cleaning!

    • On July 9, 2014 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      That is an awesome idea, Emmie!! I am so going to do that!! Thanks for sharing!

    • On August 4, 2014 Angelina said

      Great idea! Perhaps the safest and best use for credit cards 🙂

  11. On July 9, 2014 Marcia Lea said

    That “razor blade” idea is one I’ve used for years. I even used it on the cast iron frying pans and my casserole dishes. It’s called a Widjet (spelling may not be accurate). Enjoyed your post. Thanx!

  12. On August 4, 2014 Linda L said

    I use that tool for cleaning my glasstop stove…works like a dream!

  13. On September 4, 2014 Amy W. said

    What about cleaning the bottom of the oven? under the burner part….I tried baking soda and vinegar but no magic for me…maybe I didn’t wait long enough?

  14. On September 15, 2014 Jessy Gothworth said

    What do I do? I take it apart! Or, actually get my husband to do it – his hands are stronger. Taking the removable parts of the oven is the best way to reach the spilled liquids between the oven insulation glasses.

  15. On November 29, 2014 Debbie said

    Lovely idea. One question. Why kosher salt, does it make a difference, in this case, in the results? I live in quite an isolated place and not easy to find kosher salt. Thanks so much

  16. On December 30, 2014 LB said

    To be picky, they are chemicals, of course, and you’re working with carbonic acid and sodium acetate. But it’s good stuff–I use it to clear my drains. Just use gloves and don’t inhale the off-gases directly.

  17. On January 15, 2015 our website said

    One question, if I clean my oven/stove top with baking soda, should I wet the surface first or just sprinkle it on dry?

  18. On March 28, 2015 Pat Waldron said

    Thanks for the oven cleaning recipe. – How do get the oven racks clean?

  19. On April 14, 2015 melissa said

    Pumous stone

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