how to remove burnt on grease from ovens & pans
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How to remove burnt on grease from ovens and pans

Burnt-on grease can accumulate on ovens & pans making it tricky to remove. But don't worry, it's easy with these simple tips on removing burnt-on grease!

Removing burnt-on grease can be a daunting task, particularly if food debris has been left to accumulate for some time. The best way to remove burnt-on grease from ovens and pans can depend on how rigidly the grimy black stuff (excess carbon) is clinging to the surface. Here are several methods you can try at home to get your ovens and pans clean and fresh.

How to Remove Burnt-on Grease from an Oven

Oven cleaner

The easiest way to remove burnt-on grease from an oven is by using a product specifically designed to clean an oven, like Cif Oven Cleaner. These products are specifically designed to work in the oven, and contain powerful and effective ingredients to return ovens to their former glory.

Just follow the directions on the label and take any necessary safety precautions before using.

Baking soda

You could also use baking soda to remove burnt-on grease from the oven – though it may take a bit longer than using a specialist oven cleaner! Here’s how to use baking soda to remove burnt-on grease.

  1. Measure out three tablespoons of baking soda into an empty spray bottle, then fill with water and mix the solution until all of the baking soda has dissolved
  2. Make sure the oven is turned off and cold. To remove burnt on grease, spray the offending areas on the top and side of the oven
  3. Leave overnight. The next day, the grease deposits should have come unstuck and began to slide to the over floor
  4. If grease persists, repeat step 2 in between meals (again, ensuring the oven is cold)
  5. Wipe up the grease from the bottom of the oven with a damp cloth.

REMEMBER: The effectiveness of this solution hangs on making sure the baking soda is wet, and giving it enough time to prise off the grease – you can’t rush perfection!

Removing Burnt-on Grease from Pans

Cleaning burnt-on grease from pans can be turned from an arduous task into a satisfying exercise in showing dirt the door. Here are a couple of approaches to get you started:

Soak and scrub

The first line of defence is soaking the pan in hot water mixed with a little washing up liquid to loosen the dirt. Next, use a wire brush to rend the grease from the pan, restoring a dazzling finish – though first make sure that the wire brush is appropriate for that particular pan.

Baking soda and vinegar

You could also try using baking soda and vinegar to clean burnt-on grease, though other methods may be more quicker and more effective.

  • Sprinkle baking soda in the pan
  • Spray with vinegar
  • Scrub with a sponge to remove burnt-on dirt (leave overnight for best results)
  • Repeat process if needed

Top Tip


Using a commercial oven cleaner like one from Cif will deliver brilliant results! The cream creates a foamy lather that’s great for eliminating burnt-on food and tough grease. Your ovens & pans will be sparkling clean in no time!