I had never cleaned an oven so I was a little bit nervous about how hard it would be. I searched everywhere online and tried to find the best options. I chose to go with the store bought cleaner: Easy OFF--fume free.
I was pleased to find that this didn't have any harsh fumes but it still cut through the grease and left me only needing the smallest amount of elbow grease! The baked on, almost film like residue at the bottom proved to be a little bit more difficult. A razor blade would have been great but all we had was a quarter. I would suggest something like a putty knife for those tough spots! We just scraped that along the bottom of the oven to loosen the residue and it wiped right up!
I'm so embarrassed right now!! :(
But at least it was looking new when I was done!!
For those of you who want a more homemade version here are some other ideas I found:
Baking Soda Paste: Mix some baking soda and water to make a paste. Spread it on the oven and scrub scrub scrub!
Ammonia: Place a dish with about 1 cup of ammonia in the oven and close the door. Leave it over night and in the morning you should have an oven that can easily be scrubbed clean with a green cleaning pad!
Lemon Juice and Salt: This lovely mixture is especially great for cleaning copper. We have a pan with a copper bottom and a bit of this mix makes it look like new!! So try this out on your oven and see what greatness happens there??
Baking Soda, Salt, and Water: One cup of each makes a nice paste. Spread this all over the oven stains, close the door and heat to 500-degrees for 1 hour. Let the oven cool completely and wipe with a damp cloth or sponge. Make sure it's rinsed well after!
I have a suggestion to make though! Our oven had gone about a year without being cleaned. Don't wait that long! I should have been more on top of it. A six-month cleaning would have done it good-- oh if only I was that great of a housewife!
So try one of these out when you clean your oven and let me know which worked for you!