This New Paste Is So Ridiculously Effective at Cleaning My Oven, I’m Never Using Anything Else Ever Again

published Jan 15, 2022
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Whether it’s heavy-duty chemicals or DIY techniques with pantry ingredients, I’ve pretty much tried every single oven-cleaning method out there. In the past, a homemade baking soda paste and vinegar spritz has done a good job of degreasing my oven, but I have yet to find a product I love for taking care of the harder stuff, like the icky baked-on food residue on the bottom! (Please remind me to put a baking sheet on the bottom rack next time I make my kids a pizza.)

Recently, when I was stocking up on other cleaning supplies, I stumbled across a somewhat new product from Scrub Daddy — a brand I’ve trusted for years. It’s called Scrub Daddy PowerPaste, and it combines the brand’s well-known sponge with an abrasive paste that’s supposedly effective at cleaning the toughest areas of the home. According to the product description, you can use PowerPaste to remove dirt and food residue, grease, soap scum, and even limescale.

After reading the glowing customer reviews on the Scrub Daddy website, I had to order one to see for myself how it would work on my oven. Soon enough, I was holding a small container, filled with a solid, white polish and a two-in-one textured, foam sponge. The instructions were simple: You just wet the abrasive side of the sponge with warm water and circle it around the polish to foam up a paste.

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First, I took out the oven racks to soak them in the sink. I usually use my stick vac to remove crumbs and burned bits from the inside of the oven, so I did that before attempting to clean. I started my scrubbing with the glass on the oven door and noticed the grease lifting right away. I barely had to use any elbow grease to totally “erase” some of the peskiest splattered spots on it! I also really liked that the paste didn’t smell bad. In fact, it didn’t have a smell at all, unlike lots of other oven cleaners I’ve tried.

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After rinsing the sponge clean, I applied more of the paste and scrubbed down the bottom, sides, and top of the oven. I wasn’t surprised when it cut through the top layer of grease — it had worked so well on the oven door — but I was pleasantly shocked that the paste easily scrubbed away some burned-on food residue that had been on the bottom of my oven for months. With the exception of a very thick piece of cheese that burned on from pizza, the paste totally restored my oven. 

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Wow — just look at this clean oven door after using PowerPaste!

Not only does it work well, but PowerPaste also works without the annoying parts of other techniques. It takes basically no time, it doesn’t have any sort of smelly odor, and you don’t have to heat up the inside of your appliance to potentially risky temps. I probably should have donned some gloves, but because the paste is made of mostly natural ingredients, I went bare-handed — and my hands didn’t even feel dried-out at the end. I’m so happy with the results that I’m going to get rid of all the headache-inducing oven cleaners I’ve been holding onto. My honest review: You should give it a try it, too!

What is your best method for cleaning your oven? Tell us in the comments below.