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How to Clean an Oven in 4 Steps

Want to deep clean your oven? We’ll show you how to clean a stove inside and out in a relatively short amount of time, so it looks great and is ready to deliver great results.

A person wipes down the stainless steel exterior of a Maytag® oven.

When you think about cleaning your kitchen, you probably envision putting away dishes, scrubbing the sink and cooktop or wiping down your countertops. While all of this is important, there may be one corner of your kitchen that you’ve been neglecting. Cleaning your oven is usually the last chore that comes to mind, but it’s still important – a dirty oven not only looks bad, it can also cause charred food to smoke up your kitchen or may infuse your favorite dish with bad smells or tastes.


Our comprehensive guide will teach you how to clean every part of your oven, including racks and glass doors. With these simple steps and a little bit of time, you’ll be on your way to a truly clean appliance.

What You’ll Need

Before you start cleaning your oven, cleaning experts advise against the use of chemical oven cleaners. These products contain harsh chemicals and release fumes that can linger in your oven long after the cleaning is done. Here’s what we recommend instead:

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  • Water 
  • Dish soap or laundry detergent 
  • Old towels 
  • A rag or dish cloth 
  • A stiff bristled cleaning brush
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  • Baking soda 
  • Water 
  • Cleaning gloves 
  • A rag or dish cloth 
  • A plastic scraper 
  • A brush or flexible spatula 
  • White vinegar or lemon juice 
  • A spray bottle
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  • A soft, dry rag 
  • White vinegar 
  • A spray bottle
A woman rinses oven racks in the kitchen sink.

Step 1: Clean the Oven Racks

Before you can clean the interior of your cooled oven, you’ll need to remove your racks and set them aside. This gives you an opportunity to let them soak in soapy water to remove burned on grease and grime.

  1. Remove your oven racks by sliding them out.
  2. Take your oven racks to a large tub such as a large basin, utility sink or even your bathtub. If you are soaking your racks in your bathroom, line your tub with old towels to avoid scratching.
  3. Fill your basin, sink or tub with enough hot water to cover the racks.
  4. Pour in ½ cup of mild dish soap or ¾ to 1 cup of laundry detergent.
  5. Let the racks soak for at least two hours. Very dirty racks may need to be soaked overnight.
  6. Once the racks are done soaking, use your cleaning brush and rag to scrub and wipe the racks clean.
  7. Rinse your oven racks completely.
  8. Dry your racks thoroughly using soft cloth towels. It is important to get the racks completely dry to avoid rust or corrosion.
  9. Once the racks are dry and the inside of the oven is clean, place them back in your oven. Follow the steps below to clean the oven interior.
A person wipes down the bottom of an oven.

Step 2: Clean the Oven Interior

Once you have removed your oven racks, you can start cleaning the inside of your oven using supplies you may have at home. If your oven isn't too dirty, this process is fairly quick and shouldn't take very long.

  1. Ensure that your oven is cool and empty. Remove all pots, baking sheets or other baking accessories, as well as your oven racks.
  2. Place towels or a plastic trash bag under your oven door to catch any drips.
  3. Pour baking soda into a bowl and add enough water to create a paste. Consistency is key here – you want it to be spreadable, but not too thin.
  4. Use a brush or flexible silicone spatula to spread the baking soda mix throughout the inside cavity of the oven. Be sure to coat the sides and bottom of the oven, as well as the door. If your oven has a glass window, avoid spreading the baking soda on this area for now.
  5. Let the baking soda mix rest for a minimum of 20 minutes. If your oven is very dirty, you may need to let the baking soda mix rest overnight.
  6. When you’re ready to remove the baking soda mix, spray it down with white vinegar or lemon juice.
  7. Immediately wipe up the baking soda mix with a damp rag or dish cloth. Use a plastic scraper to remove stubborn spots.
  8. Spray surfaces again with white vinegar or lemon juice and wipe down again with a damp cloth. Repeat this until all of the baking soda is removed.
Two oven racks as seen through a glass oven door.

Step 3: Clean the Glass Oven Door

Cleaning the interior glass on your oven door is similar to cleaning the interior of your oven. However, there are a few different steps.

  1. Place towels or a plastic trash bag under your oven door to catch any drips. 
  2. Make a spreadable paste mixing baking soda and water. 
  3. Spread the paste along the glass using a brush or flexible silicone spatula. 
  4. Let this paste sit for a minimum of 20 minutes. This step may take longer depending on the amount of grime. 
  5. When you are ready to remove the baking soda mix, use a damp cloth and scrub in a circular motion to wipe away the grime. You can also use a plastic scraper to remove any stubborn spots. After scrubbing, rinse your cloth and wipe up the paste. 
  6. Spray the glass surface with white vinegar or lemon juice and wipe down with a damp cloth. Repeat this process until all of the baking soda is removed. 
  7. Spray down one last time with vinegar or lemon juice, then dry with a soft cloth. 
  8. Close your oven door and spray the exterior window with vinegar or glass cleaner. Wipe with a soft cloth. 
  9. If the outside of your oven door is stainless steel, use a special stainless steel cleaner on these sections.
A person wipes down the glass cooktop of a Maytag® range.

Step 4: Clean the Stove Top

Now that your oven is clean, why not finish the job by cleaning up your cooktop?

  1. Use a plastic scraper to remove any food residue. 
  2. Spray down your cooktop with white vinegar or use a cooktop cleaner. 
  3. Use a soft plastic scrubber to loosen stubborn spots. 
  4. Remove the cleaner with a damp cloth. Continue to rinse until all of the cleaner is removed.

For an all-in-one solution, use the affresh® cooktop cleaning kit which includes a cleaner, scraper, and scrub pads. Cleaning an oven may be a multi-step process, but the results will speak for themselves. In addition to looking better, your newly cleaned oven will smell better and perform more efficiently.

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