DIY Homemade Oven Cleaner


I hate cleaning my oven and I hate bug bites. 

If you are here from The Real Food Enthusiast, welcome!  If you haven’t checked out Stephanie’s non-toxic bug repellent yet, make sure you go and check it out. Get rid of those pesky bug bites, huh?

Now, about that oven…

Cleaning my oven is one of my least favorite chores in the world.  Choosing an oven cleaners is a horrible task since oven cleaners are so toxic.  I don’t want to cook my food in there after I use a terribly toxic oven cleaner. Yuck!  Plus, I just don’t keep that toxic stuff in my house anymore.

Over the past few weeks I have been playing around with oven cleaning recipes in order to create the world’s best oven cleaning recipe.  I want an oven cleaner that is going to peel off all the dirt and grime (not just get by with a gentle clean).  I have been wanting to create one that is going to make cleaning the oven as easy peasy as possible.  I’ve been mixing and matching oils to figure out which ones do the best dirty work.

I think I found the secret ingredients in order to make the grime disappear!  And, my essential oils are the secret weapon.

I have the cleanest oven in the world!   No joke! 

My essential oils rock, really they do.  They can do everything from help the body heal to make the baddest DIY recipes you’ve ever seen.  They are so versatile it is incredible!

Let’s take a look at the evidence, shall we?

My oven…


That gross mess on the bottom of my oven?  It was baked on!  It was a bad nasty mess.  I’ve actually already tried a previous recipe that didn’t work out on that spot.  That recipe did not make the cut.

But, I did dream up a miracle recipe.

Just look at my oven now…



It sparkles doesn’t it?  Yay!  I was so excited to create a non-toxic cleaning recipe that is making my oven sparkly clean.

I know you are dying to know what recipe I used so here it is!


DIY Homemade Oven Cleaner


1 1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup sea salt  (I always use this kind)
1/2 cup washing soda
enough filtered water to make a thin paste
1/2 cup white vinegar
10 drops lemon essential oil   (I recommend this kind)
10 drops Melaleuca a. essential oil (I recommend this kind)


Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature possible and turn it off.

Then, add baking soda, sea salt, and washing soda to a small bowl.  Mix well.  Add lemon and Melaleuca a. essential oils. Then add vinegar (it will fizz a little).  After that slowly add water until it forms a thin paste.  You want it thin enough to spread on your oven walls.  If it is too thick it will be difficult to spread.

Spread the paste all over your oven and leave on overnight.

In the mornings wipe out your oven with warm water.

Wow,  my oven looks like new!

Now that you are totally impressed by all that essential oils can do, it is a fantastic time to join Young Living essential oils!  Essential oils will help you care for yourself and your family naturally.

I am 100% sold how they benefit my family.  Click here to find out more or contact the person that introduced you to the “Detox Your Home” Spring blog series.

We are offering a FREE copy of The Chemical Free Home to anyone {in the US} who signs up with a Premium Starter Kit through April 7th. 

Many of the recipes in this series are from The Chemical Free Home by Melissa Poepping who graciously gave us permission to share her recipes online.

Now that your oven is sparkling clean, make sure you stop by Happy Health Nut and check out Kelli’s fantastic mold removing spray! Get your spring clean on!

Do you like my results?   Click the image below to pin it!


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Be sure to check out all 30 posts in the “Detox Your Home” Spring Blogger Series:

My Blessed Life – DIY Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner
Amy Loves It -Baby Bath Soak
Goodness Gathering -Sun protection
Oily Treasures – Homemade Mouthwash
The Pennington Point – Keep Hair Healthy
The Marathon Mom – Sunburn Care

The Confident Mom – DIY Morning Citrus Blast Body Wash
Amy’s Finer Things – Vaporizing Chest Rub
The Ordinary Chaos – Carpet Deodorizer
Creative Kristi – Kitty Litter Box
Sweet T Makes Three – Furniture Polish
Courtney’s Sweets – Homemade Baby Wipes

Decorchick! – Linen spray
The Simple Pen – Therapeutic Bath Soak
Mama Marcie – DIY Sunscreen
Real Food Enthusiast – DIY Bug Repellent
Rooted Blessings
A Happy Health Nut – Mold removing spray

Joyful Adorations – DIY Dishwasher Detergent
The Home Life and Me – Probiotic Deoderant
Essential Oil Lover – Homemade Veggies Wash
Surviving The Stores – DIY Flea Collar
Real Food RN – DIY eye make up remover
Freshly Grown – Lice Prevention Spray

Saving Dollars and Sense – DIY non-toxic household cleaner
Brig Notes – Massage Oil
Oily Life Stories – Shower cleaner
The Skinny Pear – Fruit and Veggie Spray
The Leatherneck Mom – Fabric Softener and Dryer sheets
Food Your Body Will Thank You For – Non-Toxic Bubbles

I would love it if you join me on this oily journey!  I’m excited to help you learn about how to use essential oils in the lives of you and your family!  Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Hi, I’m so excited to see this recipe! I’m a little confused by the directions, though. What temperature should you preheat the oven to (looks like you maybe left out a word?)? Do you apply the paste to the oven while it’s still hot? Thanks so much!
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    • Becky Webb says:

      Thanks Amanda. I was missing a word. I fixed it. You do apply the paste to the oven while it is warm and not hot.

  2. The ingredients list lemon and melaleuca oil. But, directions state lemon and eucalyptus oil. Which two are you using?

  3. Thanks for posting this, Becky! I’m always looking for DIY cleaning supplies I can use around the house– hate that I don’t always know about the chemicals that go into the store bought kinds.
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  4. Hello
    I was wondering something……… are the essential oils necessary or just for the scent ?

    • Becky Webb says:

      Yes Laurie the essential oils are very important in this recipe. The oils are not for the scent but to cut the grease and grime.

  5. What is “washing soda” and where may I find it?

  6. Wow! I can’t believe that your oven is so shiny after using so simple products! Thanks a lot for sharing your invention! I will definitely try it at home!

  7. I am so happy I found this on Pinterest! I am constantly looking for non toxic ways to clean my home. I have asthma and very sensitive skin so it’s important for me to find ways of cleaning without harsh chemicals. I will definitely try this!! Thank you again!

  8. I just made this cleaner and I was so excited. While I was mixing it, it turned rock hard and clumpy in the bowl. I couldn’t get it to thin out. I spread some big clumps in the oven and then got a scrubber sponge wet and spread it around a little more. Most of the mixture is still stuck to the glass bowl I made it in! What did I do wrong?? Has this ever happened to you with this recipe?

    • Becky Webb says:

      Hi Dava. I’m so sorry that happened. No, that has never happened. Did you add enough water to it? It sounds like you need more water.

    • This happened to me too! I kept adding water but the rock hard pieces never softened no matter how hard I smashed. Should I have been using an electric mixer?? I also think I waited too long (only a few seconds though) after the vinegar and maybe shouldn’t have mixed the vinegar in but rather add the water right away.

      • I didn’t use an electric mixer for this. Typically the only problem with the hard pieces is if it is sitting around like over night. Not in just a few seconds. I would add the water first before the vinegar.

    • Same thing happened to me. I had a terrible time! It was like the more water I added to thin it out the harder it got.

  9. Wow! I hat cleaning the oven because every time it is really hard work and I don’t have so much time. I hope that this cleaner will help me to clean the oven in an easy way.

  10. Corri Hammontree says:

    Silly question, what is washing soda?

    • Washing Soda is a derivative of baking soda. You can find it in the isle with the cleaning supplies. Arm and Hammer makes it.

  11. I love the idea of using essential oils in home cleaning. I’m a beginner at homemade cleaning products and yetshave tried a very few solutions, but I’m definitely trying your oven cleaner. Checked the “Detox Your Home” list, thanks for the great recipes!

  12. I love using homemade natural cleaning products! Thanks for sharing your oven cleaner recipe! I would love to try it!

  13. Can this be used on a gas oven?

    • I’m not sure. I don’t have a gas oven. If it is ok to use cleaners on your gas oven I would think it would work, but I would refer to your owners manual.

  14. Your link to the essential oils learning page didnt work

    • Becky Webb says:

      Thanks for letting me know Denise! That page no longer exists. We have lots of educational opportunities available for our members though!


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