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Should I use a Homemade Oven Cleaner? How to Pick the Right Cleaning Product

Not sure if you should use a commercial or homemade oven cleaner? Read our advice and learn the right time to use home remedies for cleaning ovens.


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Using natural cleaning products is becoming increasingly popular all over the world – but when it comes to your oven, when is it right to use a commercial cleaner, and when is cleaning ovens with baking soda enough? Let’s take a closer look at natural oven cleaners and their alternatives to find out.

Want to know how to clean an oven with baking soda? Simply mix with a little water, apply and leave overnight. Rinse and remove any tough grime with vinegar.

What are Natural Oven Cleaners?

One of the most popular natural oven cleaners is baking soda. If you want to know how to clean an oven with baking soda then all you need to do is mix it with a little water to form a paste and apply this to the inside of your oven in a thick layer. Leave it set overnight before rinsing and wiping clean. Most of the dirt and grime should come off with the paste – giving you a sparkling clean oven.

Want to know more about cleaning with baking soda? Read our article on it here!

Why Might You Use Homemade Oven Cleaners?

So now you know how natural remedies can be used to clean your oven, it’s time to consider why you might decide on cleaning your oven with baking soda.

The most popular reasons for turning to home remedies for these types of household chores are:

  • Cost-effective – natural ingredients used to clean ovens are often inexpensive

  • Convenience – some natural ingredients may already be in your cupboards

  • Environmentally friendly – natural oven cleaners may be kinder to the environment

  • Safe to use – home remedies for cleaning ovens may be less likely to cause allergic reactions

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The benefits of natural oven cleaners are pretty clear, but how do they compare to the commercial options?

Commercial versus Homemade Oven Cleaners

The most popular choice of oven cleaner remains those that can be commercially bought, such as Handy Andy. Here are some of the reasons that commercial cleaners are often favoured:

  • Easier – you apply the products straight on the oven with no mixing of ingredients required

  • Quicker – commercial cleaners are made to be fast and often only need a few hours to work

  • Better results – as they’re specifically designed for certain jobs they can offer a better result

  • Clear instructions – you don’t need to look up how to use them: it’s printed on the packaging

To improve their products, a lot of oven cleaning companies are also making their packaging recyclable to improve their eco-friendly standing. This means that you may be able to get some of the benefits of natural remedies from your favourite brands!

How to Pick the Right Cleaning Product?

The choice of whether you use a homemade oven cleaner or a commercial one essentially comes down to your own preference and the situation at hand. If you just need to give your oven a quick clean and have some natural ingredients in the cupboard, then a homemade remedy might be your best option. For bigger jobs that require a more thorough clean, you may prefer a commercial cleaner that is easier and quicker to use – and promises top results.

Whatever you choose, just make sure you follow the instructions for your chosen method carefully and take all necessary safety precautions. You can always check out our article on how to clean an oven for more tips.

  • Know the pros and cons of homemade oven cleaners and commercial options

  • Consider using homemade solutions for lighter tasks where only a quick clean is needed

  • Rely on commercial cleaners for more difficult tasks – they’ll give you great results and require less manual effort!

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