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How to Clean Grease Out of an Oven

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We have all been there: you’re making roasted vegetables splattered with olive oil for a delicious dinner and the oil spills all over your oven. The oil compiles at the bottom of the oven and creates a smoke, and could even start a grease fire! When that happens, you need a safe and efficient way to make sure the grease is gone and it’s safe to cook again.

Baking and cooking are two of the most fun ways to use your kitchen, but sometimes they can leave a huge mess of grease and grime when you’re done. Cleaning your oven can seem tedious, but I promise when done right, it can be easy and pain-free! These helpful household tips will teach you how to clean grease out of an oven quickly and effectively!

How often should you clean your oven?

There is no exact formula that explains how often you should clean your oven, but in general, it’s best to conduct an oven cleaning every three months. If you notice smoke inside the oven while you’re baking, that is a sign that the interior has some food residue that needs to be cleaned out.

There is no hard and fast rule to how often you should clean your oven, but these signals can let you know it’s time. Although most modern ovens can self-clean, there are times when the inside of your oven needs extra attention. There is a way to clean your oven that can remove food particles without using harsh chemicals, and it can be adjusted according to your needs.

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Before Cleaning

Before using any cleaners or chemicals in your oven, wipe the oven clean of as much excess dirt and grime as possible. Wipe down any spills or liquid on the inside, then let it sit until you’re sure your oven is dry. This will make it easier to do a deep clean within your oven. After you have removed this excess dirt, you can start to follow the tips below for how to clean your oven and, more specifically, how to remove grease from the surfaces.

Self-Cleaning Ovens

Many ovens have a self cleaning function that can remove dirt and grime from your oven, but this can backfire when your oven is too dirty. If your oven is really dirty, the leftover buildup can smoke, or even start a fire. When your oven is caked with deep dirt, manually cleaning the oven is the best option!

This feature can also be used after any of the following household solutions to remove extra dirt and grime that might still be leftover if your oven is especially dirty. Before beginning the cleaning cycle, just make sure there is no cleaning product remaining in the oven. Even a few drops of these chemicals can be harmful.

Products Needed to Clean Grease Out of an Oven

Gloves

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Gloves are a key party of any oven cleaner’s toolbox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of safety gloves can help to protect your hands when cleaning. Wearing gloves will separate your skin from dirt and grime. These can be any rubber cleaning gloves you already have lying around the house.

Household Cleaner

To actually clean the oven, you’ll need a cleaner such as a degreaser like Champion Best Kitchen Degreaser or a household solution like baking soda and vinegar or lemons.

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Spray Degreaser

Another option is to use a spray degreaser. This is an easy and effective way to make sure grease stains get eliminated from the interior of your oven. One preferred degreaser is the Champion Best Kitchen degreaser. It can help to remove even the toughest of stains from your surfaces.

Scrub Brush

You will need a scrub brush. Any scrub brush will work, and can even be substituted with an old toothbrush in a jam! For the best possible results, the Champion Stainless Steel Scrubber is the best option. It’s made of 100% stainless steel and can fully remove a mess on your oven, grill, and even pots and pans with caked-on grease.

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Paper Towels or Cloth

These are helpful to pick up any remaining dirt in the oven, especially for small bits of leftover food or grime. You’ll want to use wet paper towels or damp cloth, rather than dry, to be the most effective at fighting grime.

After you’re armed with these supplies, follow the instructions below for how to clean grease out of an oven!

Household Solutions to Remove Grease Stains

There are many solutions to clean grease from your oven simply using ingredients from your own home. These fixes will help to get your oven looking spotless in no time! But remember before you start: your oven should be turned off and cooled down first. Then, you’ll want to remove everything from the oven, including your oven racks, pizza stones, and any food scraps. Basically, anything that can be removed should be!

This is a great time to wash all the additional accessories you keep within your oven’s interior. If you have a pizza stone, you can scrub it clean using a mixture of baking soda and water. First, you’ll want to wipe away any burnt pieces of food that may be stuck to the stone. Then, follow these steps: make a paste with equal amounts of baking soda and water, spread the paste on the stains, scrub using a brush, and wipe with a damp cloth until the stains are gone.

It’s easy to clean your oven racks: just let the oven racks sit in a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water to soak any dirt off while you work. After they have soaked for 1-2 hours, you can use a sponge or cloth to clean them. The tough Champion Stainless Steel scrubber is our recommended tool for removing any remaining dirt from the racks. For the oven itself, you can follow the tips below for how to clean grease out an oven.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

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Baking soda is a common household staple that can be good at removing grease residue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re using baking soda and vinegar to clean your oven, you’ll want to create a mixture of baking soda and water. ½ cup of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of water should create a pastelike mixture, but adjust the ratios until you have a spreadable paste!

Next, you’ll want to spread the baking soda paste evenly throughout your oven, including your oven door if it’s dirty. To spread the paste evenly, it’s helpful to use a paint brush when coating the oven with baking soda! Leave the paste for twelve hours, or preferably leave overnight. The baking soda will turn brown, but don’t fret! This is normal.

After the paste has sat for 12-24 hours, use a plastic scraper or damp cloth to remove it from the oven. Next, create a combination of equal parts white vinegar and water. Use this vinegar mixture to clean your glass oven door with a soft cloth, removing any streaks.

After cleaning the oven with baking soda paste, you can also put some vinegar in a spray bottle, spritzing it onto the oven’s surface. The vinegar will react with the baking soda to produce foam, loosening any remaining ash or grime with its chemical reaction.

Then, you can place your clean oven racks back into your oven and safely enjoy your sparkling appliance! You won’t have to worry about cleaning it for at least another month — or up to three months if you use it infrequently.

Lemons

Heavy duty cleaning, the natural citrus way.

Another useful household cleaner is lemons! For this trick, you’ll need two lemons and an oven-safe dish or bowl. Squeeze the lemons into the oven-safe bowl, using your hands or a citrus press. Then, add enough water that the bowl is ⅓ full. After the lemons have been fully juiced, place the rinds into the bowl as well.

Bake the lemon and water mixture at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. Be aware: your oven may smoke during this, but that is completely normal! If this happens, turn on a kitchen or stove fan. After the thirty minutes has passed, turn off your oven and wait for it to cool down.

Once your oven has cooled down, scrape or wipe away the dirt that has loosened up. For this, it may be useful to use a few different tools: a spatula, wet cloth, and a scrubbing pad like the Champion Stainless Steel Scrubber. Your lemon water can be used during this process as an extra cleaner, helping to loosen up especially tough dirt that may be left over! Just dip your brush into the lemon water and use it to wipe down the oven.

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Oven Cleaner

The easiest way to clean an oven is to use a product specially designed to remove grease from an oven. These products will have instructions about how to use them on their labels. We recommend the Champion Best Kitchen Degreaser, which you can mix 1/4 teaspoon of into 16 oz of warm water to form a consistency that can be used in a spray bottle. Simply spray the mixture into your oven, then wipe out any excess debris from your appliance.

Champion Best Kitchen Degreaser

Though the above advice gives tips for how to clean grease out of an oven using materials that are probably already lying around your house, the best method for removing grease is to use a cleaner made specifically for grease stains, and the best one is the Champion Best Kitchen Degreaser. This cleaner will undoubtedly remove all grease stains quickly, and leave your oven sparkling clean.

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How to Use Champion Best Kitchen Degreaser

The Champion Best Kitchen Degreaser is a versatile product that can be used everywhere in the kitchen: the walls, floors, counters, and appliances. We’ve all had those moments where kitchen grease splashes around during cooking, but with this cleaner, you can remove those spots from the entire kitchen. This cleaner can even be used to remove grease when cleaning pots and pans!

Champion Best Kitchen Degreaser is all natural, and can be used in areas outside of the kitchen as well. It can be used as a stain remover and laundry booster when grease spills on clothing. Workshop, garage, and automobile spills can all be removed using this same product! Best of all: it’s safe to use on all types of surfaces, including: walls, kitchen cabinets, furniture, and vinyl flooring.

No matter what your grease stain is from or where in your house it is, the Champion Best Kitchen Degreaser can remove it. For extra effectivity, pair it with the Champion Stainless Steel Scrubber to make sure that stain is gone! With these great products, you’ll never have to worry when you’re cooking again.

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How to Protect Your Oven in the Future

There are some ways that you can help protect the bottom of your oven from grease spills in the future. Utilizing any of these methods will help to save you some work when it comes time to clean your oven again.

Spill tray

Placing a tray at the bottom of the oven can catch the grease and oil that’s likely to collect at the bottom of your appliance. This tray can then be easily removed and cleaned with a degreaser, saving you from the hassle of kneeling to scrub the entire oven.

Oven liner

Like a spill tray, an oven liner can also be a good method to catch extra food or grease that may fall down in your oven. However, keep in mind that these are made for electric ovens rather than gas. Since a gas oven heats from the bottom, it can be dangerous to use an oven liner in this kind of oven.

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By following these excellent oven cleaning tips, you will never have to worry about a dirty oven ever again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, either of these products will help to catch the particles that can prevent your oven from being especially clean. But even if you choose to go without a spill tray or oven liner, the household tricks mentioned above can help you to do a thorough job of scrubbing any excess grime from your oven!

After using these tips, you’re done cleaning your oven! The hard work and scrubbing is finished, and your clean oven is all ready for you to use it. The next time you’re making a dish with olive oil and some spills to the bottom of your appliance, there is no need to worry! You now know how to remove grease from an oven. In fact, with these helpful household tips and the help of Champion products, you know how to clean grease out of an oven, no matter how big the mess!