Oven and Stovetop Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know About!

Doing household chores is obviously tiring and time-consuming. There are a few things which I don’t mind … like hand washing our dinnerware and utensils, or even loading the washer and dryer. Except for one. Which I honestly find to be the most annoying thing that I have to do AND that is cleaning the oven. Why do I hate doing this part of my chores? Because it can get grimy, sticky and top it all, it is time-consuming. The time that I just can’t waste especially when you’re caring for a little one.

As a full-time, and work-at-home mama, I have to juggle my time wisely. Needless to point out that multi-tasking needs quite a few tricks and hacks to be done efficiently. For those of you who also dislike cleaning your oven, I am sharing some of my tips to make cleaning easier and manageable.


Water, Vinegar, and Baking Soda
This is the most common solution and the easiest way to clean the oven. To do this, make sure that the oven is perfectly cool or not in use for at least 4 hours. First, mix the baking soda, vinegar, and water in a bowl. Remove the oven racks and set it aside. Spread the mixture all over your oven, but be careful not to put the mixture into the heating areas and vent. Close the oven door and leave this solution overnight. On the next day, use a wet cloth to wipe and remove all the pasty substance in the oven. Then finish it off by adding one cup of vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it into the oven and then dry it clean. For the window area, follow the same steps but instead of leaving it overnight, leave it for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Another favorite method is by using lemons. Just like the first method, lemons are also known to be very effective and reliable cleaners too. To do this, cut two lemons in half and squeeze the juice in an ovenproof bowl or baking tray. After getting the citrus, put the squeezed lemons into the container too. Fill the container with one cup of water and then put it in the oven. Bake it at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. The citrus and water will create vapor inside the oven which will help to loosen the gunk and dirt inside it so it will be easier to remove and clean after. After baking the lemons, let the oven cool for about 3 to 4 hours before scrubbing off all the dirt. Use the remaining lemon water in the tub as your cleaning liquid. The lemon will also help remove grease for more natural cleaning. Wipe it with a clean cloth and dry it and you are good to go.

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Baking Soda and Water
It is common to have residues and dirt cooked and dried inside the microwave when left and not cleaned right away. This could be hard to remove when using only your bare hands and clean water. Good thing there’s a way to do it conveniently. Create a paste with the baking soda and water mixture. Spread it inside the oven and leave it for 20 minutes. Use a clean Brillo pad to scrub and sponge to wipe the remaining paste and then dry it with a paper cloth.

Paper Towels
Soak 5 to 10 paper towels into clean water and then place them in the microwave. Turn the microwave on and set it in high mode for 3 minutes. The steam from the towels will loosen and soften all the grime and dirt inside it. Let it cool down for at least 15 minutes and use the steamed paper towels to clean and wipe the microwave.

Bowl of Water
Fill the bowl with water and then put it into the microwave for 2 minutes. Set it on high. After this, leave the microwave door closed for 5 minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe the inside of the microwave using a dry rag.


Soapy Water
If you are using a range with electric coils, the coils can be a little tricky to clean. It is not allowed to submerge into the water so using a damp cloth with soapy water will do the trick. Just carefully wipe it with the wet cloth and dry it up with a clean rag. Oh and make sure the range is unplugged!

Baking Soda and Water
The baking soda and water paste is an effective cleanser to almost everything, and that includes the stove too. Just do the same method in the oven hack, and it should be done. The paste can remove stubborn stains and hard leftovers in the stove.

Warm Water
If you are using a gas range, you can wash the burners by using warm water and soap. To remove the greasy film coating, use the baking soda and water method. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and scrub it off using warm water and a clean cloth.

Vinegar and Water
If you are using a glass top stove, all you need is the vinegar and water solution. Glass stove can easily be cleaned out and very modern and upscale to look at. Cleaning it should always be done regularly or else, you will end up scratching the glass. I recommend you to wipe it with vinegar and water immediately after using if you want to maintain it glossy like-new finish.

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  • Sarah S Kasulke

    Thank you for sharing! Anytime I have ever used the self clean option on my oven it fills my house up with a terrible smell and I can never let it finish.

  • Joan Cajic

    You can never go wrong with vinegar, lemons and baking soda.Always works like a charm.

  • lotta

    OMG just what I needed today. Just about to clean the kitchen and I saw this! I already have the vinegar and baking soda for the oven. Very Helpful. Thank you

  • Kacie

    I’ve lived in my house for almost four years and I am ashamed to admit I’ve never cleaned the oven. Perhaps I ought to put your tips into practice!

  • Stacie

    Oh wow! I love this so much. I’ve had a lot of different stope tops in my life, and they were all difficult to clean in their own way. This is amazing info.

  • Sarah Bailey

    These are some great tips – it is amazing how vinegar, baking soda and lemons can really be used to make some awesome cleaning products.

  • Lynne Harper

    What wonderful eco friendly ways to clean your hob/oven I really must try some of these tips

  • Blushblushtomato

    Woah such a great life hacks! Gonna share it with my other struggling friends, thanks for making our housework easier!

  • Sophie

    There doesn’t seem to be anything that baking soda can’t cure in the cleaning department! Between that and white vinegar it’s almost as if I could get rid of all my commercial cleaning products!

  • Lyosha

    Great hacks! i have a gas oven and it’s always not easy to make it the cleanest. I always work hard on it

  • Ashley N Rice

    Yes!! Thank you! we bought a house recently and this is so helpful! Our oven was disgusting when we moved in and we still haven’t been able to clean parts of it. Now I have some more ideas!

  • Athena

    I just bought a new stove – literally my first new stove ever. I have always had the stoves that already existed in the houses or someone gave me. So glad for these tips so I can care for it properly and safely.

  • Natalie

    That lemon trick for the oven is one I need to try! I love using some to make the kitchen sink squeaky clean. Vinegar is also a cleaning staple in the household.

  • Amber Myers

    I’ll keep these tips in mind for sure. My oven and stovetop are due for a good cleaning.

  • Joanna

    I have an electric oven and stovetop and I always clean it after I cook, but also every evening I wipe it down when I am finished in the kitchen. It’s a nightmare to clean if you don’t maintain it.

  • Helen

    This is exactly what I need! I’ve been meaning to deep clean my oven for a while and now I have all the tips I need 🙂

  • Lisa Joy Thompson

    These are such great tips! And I am completely in love with that convection range!!! The color…the features… want it!!!

  • Teresa

    Baking Soda and vinegar are like a dream clean team! I use this combo on everything – the shower, the tubs, the stove tops, to loos – it’s all natural and works wel in my houseful of allergic people

  • Emily

    That’s awesome these have customized oven presets! Vinegar and baking soda are great go-to cleaning products

  • Latte Lindsay

    I really hate cleaning my oven, but the microwave is the worst! I would love a self-cleaning oven, especially with all of the cooking that I do.

  • Tonya Wilhelm

    That stove is amazing. I love all the hacks! Baking soda is just an amazing cleaner.

  • What Corinne Did

    I knew about baking soda, lemon and vinegar as they are solutions i already use. not often enough though, as cleaning is not my fav thing!

  • Kelsey

    OK cheeky confession time, I have a cleaner and she takes care of my oven thankfully! She did message me the other day though saying she had opened my bicarbonate of soda and I was a bit confused but I guess this explains why!

  • Kristi

    Now I know what is at the top of my Christmas list… that amazing range! We are in need of a new one and that would be perfect.

  • Jessica Taylor

    These are great tips! Baking soda is a great cleaner

  • Alaina Monster

    Great tips! I love the bowel of water in the microwave myself. It gets everything off. I will have to try you lemon hack.

  • Kathy

    These are all great. I’m going to have to give some of them a try. I do the lemon a lot myself, and it works pretty well.

  • Mama to 6 Blessings

    Vinegar and baking soda works wonders. I use it to clean the inside of my oven. It works like a charm! These are great tips!

  • Rachel

    I have had a lot of luck using magic erasers and also microfiber bags.

  • Brianne manz

    This oven looks to die for;especially with the holidays coming up. Your tips for oven cleaning and stove top cleaning are awesome and I will need to bookmark your post so I can look up your tips in a jiffy. Thank you.

  • sarah

    Great tips! I love using vinegar and baking soda, some lemon too! Anything that makes the job easier is a win in my book.

  • blair villanueva

    Vinegar and lemons helps a lot for cleaning. It is cheap and more reliable.
    Also these two I also use to clean my scalp and hair, making it fresh and smells good (yup after shampooing).

  • Surekha Busa

    I always loved cleaning our stove even after using it and I will definitely apply these tips, thanks for sharing!

  • Stephanie Pass

    I am definitely going to try a few of these. I think the smell of lemons in the oven will be so nice.

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore

    These are really helpful tips! Thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely give these a try!

  • Sundeep

    This article is very useful day before yesterday someone asked me about how to clean stove top. See today I am reading the blog about stovetop cleaning. Thanks for sharing the blog. I am sharing this blog to the same person.

  • Cathy Mini

    These are great tips to clean up my new home. Thanks for sharing this, I found it very useful.

  • Preet

    Oh wow, What a great and helpful post. These hacks can be very useful in cleaning our kitchen. Definitely needed this.

  • Kathryn at QuestFor47

    I use the microwave the most and there are times where it has gotten SUPER gross. Going to have to keep your tips in mind. Thanks!

  • Evelyn Hernandez

    Great cleaning hacks! I did not know the bowl of water in microwave hack, will try that one out.

  • Jennifer

    I just cleaned ours today using some of these hacks! I’m so proud at how clean it is!!!

  • Cindy Ingalls

    These are really great tips. I have a glass cooktop that drives me crazy. I feel like I’m always cleaning it. I’m going to try the vinegar and water idea to see if that will help it look less streaky.

  • Emily Leary

    Great tips! I love that you can get such great results with everyday household pantry supplies.

  • Rosey

    Vinegar and water really does work so well for so many things. I love that you suggested it for the stove!

  • cara cozy

    I don’t clean my oven nearly as much as I should! I’m so glad that there are several options

  • Heather

    I’ll have to show these to my husband. He is the kitchen cleaner in the relationship 🙂

  • Anosa Malanga

    I am starting to learn how to cook and I would love to have my own oven too. This is so perfect and I will consider of buying it when I have enough savings

  • Bindu Thomas

    These are the great helpful tips for cleaning ovens. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lili Mila

    Vinegar and baking soda are always great options for cleaning. I use them daily.

  • Danielle

    I needed these today!!! My stove and oven are so disgusting. Thank you for the tips!!!

  • Anosa

    I do love these tips, my mother use to love using lemons to clean the over and I preferred the soda

  • Alexis

    Love these tips, thank you. I was just complaining the other day that the greasy residue on my gas range was driving me crazy. I’ll definitely try this trick.

  • Twinspirational

    We cook a lot and hate cleaning, so these are such helpful tips. Can’t wait to try them.

  • Sri Mallya

    Thank you so much for sharing. Very helpful. Bookmarked

  • Laura Schwormstedt

    Oh wow book marking this post as I love that you are using natural products to clean as I am not a huge fan of chemicals – great post

    Laura x

  • Laura

    what a lovely blog! Loving your theme! Great post! I always love a cleaning hack!

  • Blair

    Thanks for the tips. Going to give them a try. The citrus makes total sense.

  • Blair

    We moved into a house that came with a glass top stove. We have been experimenting with different techniques to clean it. We’ll give this a try. Thanks

  • Nicole

    These are all great tips! I have found that warm soapy water does wonders for the top of my stove. I’ll have to try out your other tips too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Emma

    Oooh, I really need to clean my oven, so will give the baking soda and lemons a go!