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mbmb Tue 31-Mar-20 11:32:09

My oven is really disgusting. I always have good intentions to wipe it over when it's still warm but rarely do that. I haven't got any proprietary oven cleaner to hand and I wondered if anyone had suggestions for the best alternative. I live in a flat and don't have a back door I can open to disperse harsh chemicals so that's another reason for not using the bought stuff. It also has a glass door that was once transparent!

rosenoir Tue 31-Mar-20 11:33:33

I use bio washing powder or pods,dishwasher tabs also work.

phoenix Tue 31-Mar-20 11:51:31


phoenix Tue 31-Mar-20 11:53:16


Household detergent (the sort you dilute) mixed with old fashioned soda crystals is pretty good at breaking down grease.

crazyH Tue 31-Mar-20 11:55:24

I get a professional oven cleaner .....he charges £25. Well worth it. Due to my lung condition, I cannot expose myself to strong cleaners and abrasives.

timetogo2016 Tue 31-Mar-20 11:55:39

Same as rosenoir.
Works great.

MerylStreep Tue 31-Mar-20 12:03:44

Do you have a bath? Put the racks in it with added soap powder.
When you do get it clean, put tin foil ( shiny side up) on the bottom. Or send off for an oven liner.

grandMattie Tue 31-Mar-20 12:05:25

Washing soda soak for the moveable parts. Bicarb for door glass.

mbmb Tue 31-Mar-20 12:16:39

Thank you for all the suggestions so far!

SalsaQueen Tue 31-Mar-20 13:13:03

"Astonish" works well, I've found

Floradora9 Tue 31-Mar-20 22:33:13

" Elbow Grease " the product not an instruction. I did mine to-day and it works well .

Curlywhirly Tue 31-Mar-20 22:56:41

I just use Cif. To be honest I use it for all sorts - did my kitchen floor grouting with it yesterday. I find a steel scrubbing pad is brilliant for getting the gunk off the shelves and just use a sponge scourer for the door and oven bottom. Takes me about 30 mins. I do however wipe the oven door every week, and use an oven liner (Aldi do them, about £2.50 I think?) which helps a lot. I have heard that soaking the shelves overnight in the bath and some biological soap powder is good too.

Callistemon Tue 31-Mar-20 23:42:23

£25? What's his or her number?

Ours quoted £60 so I cleaned it myself and always mean to keep it up.

I have spread a bicarb solution on before now and let it dry before washing off, it's ok ish. A Brillo pad? Although you're not supposed to brillo the doors.
Soaking the racks as other suggest sounds a good idea, I may try that.

Callistemon Tue 31-Mar-20 23:43:11

Brillo other makes are available

Hetty58 Tue 31-Mar-20 23:51:15

In normal times, I use the local 'Grease Lightning' and they take stuff out to steam clean in their van.

Otherwise, bicarbonate of soda mixed with a little washing up liquid does a reasonable job of it. mbmb, get a Teflon liner sheet for the bottom -and maybe just ignore it until you can get the professionals in?

kaycee Sat 11-Apr-20 19:11:25

I use Oven Mate - brilliant. You can get it from Lakeland. They do one for the racks and one for the oven.

Charleygirl5 Sat 11-Apr-20 21:46:27

£25 to clean an oven? I live in NW London and here it is closer to £90 and his prices go up each year. Amazingly I have mine done every 3-4 years.

I no longer have a bath so I cannot soak anything.

Grandmafrench Sat 11-Apr-20 22:09:49

Take all the racks out of your oven, and put them on a couple of old towels in the bottom of your bath. No bath? Shower tray perhaps? And block the drain. Nothing to harm the surface as long as towels are put down to prevent any scratches. From the hot tap and maybe a kettle of boiled water pour enough water over the racks to cover and mix in a dishwasher tab or 2, or gel. Leave in the liquid overnight.

In a dish mix up some baking soda with a little water - enough to make a creamy paste. Use rubber gloves to make using your hands easier and then smooth the paste over the surfaces of the oven (avoiding heating elements etc.,) Wipe over the door last with the paste and then leave overnight.

In the morning scrub off the racks in the bath with a hard brush or sponge and, if necessary use something like Cif on any remaining stains. Rinse well and dry.

Wipe off with a cloth wrung out in hot water all the surfaces of the oven. Any nooks and crannies or difficult parts can be sprayed with some white vinegar - which will cause the baking powder to bubble and lift off stubborn marks. Clean and dry, clean and dry the door.

Elbow grease required in some cases but no chemicals, no worries about splashes or fumes and most of us have the ingredients to mix up for cleaning purposes.

MawB Sat 11-Apr-20 22:17:20

I have a range cooker with 4 ovens and a gas hob with cast iron supports. It is a brute to clean and think I paid about £70 or £80 to have Ovenu. Money really well spent.
They practically dismantled the ovens, the fans etc, replaced all the bulbs (which had died) and generally made it look like new.
There is no way an individual could have done it without the equipment and knowledge they have.

Buffybee Sat 11-Apr-20 22:26:39

Oven cleaning! The most hated job, I wipe over when I remember and have it professionally cleaned once a year.... £50 and worth every penny.

Canalboatgranma Sun 12-Apr-20 12:52:36

I put the shelves in the dishwasher, they come out beautifully clean

Kittye Sun 12-Apr-20 13:27:58

I normally have my oven professionally cleaned about £40. I think it’s well worth it. I kept dithering about when to have it cleaned I’ve left it to late ! It will be quite disgusting when the poor man comes to clean it again🙄

Carillion01 Sun 12-Apr-20 14:14:32

On a thread earlier this year I read what Maw posted about Ovenu. I made a mental note about it and found Ovenufrance, part of the international franchise. I contacted them and they quoted and confirmed they would travel to where we live.

Obviously the pandemic has halted all normal life but I'll definitely contact them when it is safe for everyone, health-wise. We have a Rangemaster which was in need of tlc when we moved in six years ago and although I've regularly tried to blitz it with a variety of products I think Ovenu would give me a chance to really get on top of the cleaning.

Charleygirl5 Sun 12-Apr-20 15:34:59

Carillion it is money well spent I think. It is a job I loathe and I only have an "ordinary" electric oven, not a Rangemaster. He spends around 3 hours here so heaven knows how long it will take for yours.

rosecarmel Sun 12-Apr-20 15:43:17

I make a paste of concentrated lemon juice and baking soda, let it sit for a day, scrub it the next- It works better than anything I've ever used-