Ovens can take up to two hours to cool down, so it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions about what to do when you turn off the oven. With many ovens, there is a “self-clean” feature that heats the oven to high temperatures for a set period of time. This helps break down food and grease deposits on the inside of the oven, making them easier to remove with a sponge or scrubber.
If your oven doesn’t have a self-clean option, there are still ways to get rid of stubborn stains. You can use baking soda and vinegar or salt and lemon juice.
To use baking soda and vinegar, mix equal parts baking soda and water in a bowl. Pour this mixture into an empty spray bottle and add one tablespoon of white vinegar per cup of baking soda mixture. Shake well before spraying onto the stain in your oven. Let sit for about an hour before wiping away with a clean cloth or sponge.
For salt and lemon juice, combine one part salt with one part lemon juice in a bowl until the salt dissolves completely. Pour this combination into an empty spray bottle and apply directly to stains in your oven using light pressure from your fingers or a soft cloth.
Last modified: November 20, 2022