How to clean your oven without using harsh chemicals. Impossible right?

Our oven was caked in grime.

My husband had been asking me to get the oven cleaned for about a year, but I put off because I don’t like using harsh chemicals, I’m trying to remove as many as I can from our house as is reasonably possible.

But I gave in and The Oven Cleaner came round.

Without a boiler suit and breathing mask.

Without orange and yellow containers containing toxic and hazardous chemicals.

Terry (Oven Cleaner) was in a shorts and t-shirt, carrying 2 large plastic boxes containing thick washing up liquid, sugar soap, bicarbonate of soda and a scourer.

THAT WAS IT! No harsh chemicals anywhere.

It took Terry an hour and afterwards my oven looked brand new (forgot to take before and after shots).

So if you want to save yourself £50 and not use harsh chemicals to clean your oven see below:


  • Bicarbonate Soda
  • Sugar Soap
  • Washing up liquid
  • Lots of towels and kitchen towels
  • Scrubbing Brush
  • Metal scourer
  • Rubber gloves


  1. Put on rubber gloves
  2. Fill a plastic container with hot water. The hotter the better.
  3. Open Oven and place hot water underneath oven door. Keep 2nd plastic container close by
  4. Place two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda, one tablespoon of sugar soap and a squirt of washing up liquid in the bottom of the oven
  5. Add a small amount of hot water and make into a paste
  6. Dip scrubbing brush into boiling water and SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB
  7. You will need to keep emptying dirty water into spare plastic container
  8. You may need to use metal scourer for the really dirty bits
  9. Literally scrub and scrub until all the grime is gone
  10. Top up bicarbonate soda, sugar soap and washing up liquid as needed
  11. Take off oven door and clean in between there also
  12. Clean oven.

I hope this helps

Gemma xxxx

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