This Non-Toxic DIY Cleaner Is the Answer to Your Oven Cleaning Woes

published Feb 25, 2022
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Be honest: When was the last time you cleaned your oven? If it’s been too long to remember, we can relate — and we’ve got you covered. Food photographer and recipe author Ashley McCrary, known on social media as Healthy Little Peach, just shared an ingenious oven-cleaning hack that works on even the dirtiest ovens. “I’m not ashamed to admit…..I clean my oven once a year,” McCrary shared on Instagram. “So when I clean it, I have to put in the work because it’s nasty, y’all!” 

The good news is, her homemade oven cleaner includes ingredients you probably already have on hand — and together, they form a powerhouse mixture that’s bound to refresh even the grossest ovens. Dawn dish soap fights grease, baking soda tackles burnt-on food, and white vinegar dissolves dirt and grime (and even staves off germs).

Here’s how to do it: Grab a bowl, and combine 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap, 1 1/2 cups baking soda, and 3/4 cup vinegar. You’ll see a reaction when you add the vinegar, so McCrary suggests letting it sit for a few minutes to allow the foam to go down. Take out your oven racks, coat the entire inside of your oven in the mixture, and let it sit for three hours or so. Then, scrub it down with your favorite sponge (you may need a little elbow grease, McCrary says, depending on how dirty your oven was to begin with). Finally, wipe down your oven with a damp rag and remove residue with a paper towel or dry microfiber cloth. 

If your racks need some love, she offers another clever DIY method for those. While your oven mixture does its thing, combine a cap full of laundry detergent or two or three scoops of oxygen boost powder, 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap, and 1 cup baking soda in your bathtub (McCrary suggests putting a towel at the bottom of the tub to prevent scratches). Allow the racks to sit for two hours or longer, and then rub them down with a sponge until clean. Easy-peasy!

Need more oven-cleaning tricks to add to your toolbox? Check out these hacks from professional chefs, or invest in Scrub Daddy’s PowerPaste if you’d rather not DIY.