The best oven cleaners 2019
14 October 2019
If you've been procrastinating cleaning your oven for weeks (or months), but can't put it off any longer, what cleaning products do you turn to? Whether you're looking for an all-natural solution or you need something industrial-strength to tackle baked-on grime, Mumsnetters have a recommendation that should do the trick
What are the best oven cleaners?
Lakeland Oven Mate Cleaning Gel 500ml, £7.99
Loved by Mumsnetters for being smell-free and easy to use, Oven Mate from Lakeland is one of the most frequently-mentioned oven cleaners on the forums. The powerful gel formula gets to work right away and easily lifts stubborn grease and burnt-on food, so you won’t need to scrub at it for hours. It comes with a brush inside the packet, so all you have to do is paint it on, leave it for a bit, and then wipe it off – revealing an oven that looks like it’s just been newly installed.
“Get the Lakeland one. No smell, no fuss. You just paint it on with a paintbrush (included) and then wipe it off (with plenty of kitchen roll). It’s like magic!”
“The Lakeland Oven Mate one is brilliant. It honestly just wipes off!”Buy now from Lakeland
Oven Pride Complete Oven Cleaning Kit, £29.69 for a pack of four
If you want to keep things simple, but expect transformative results all the same, try Oven Pride. Everything you need has been neatly packaged into a handy kit, which includes a bag for disposal, gloves and a bottle. One of the most dreaded household chores of all time just got significantly easier thanks to this fool-proof, highly-effective solution. Plus, you can get four kits for less than £30.
“Oven Pride. For the removable parts of your oven just paint it on, bung it in the bag and leave it to do its magic. Then all you need to do is rinse it off and look smug when you see the shelves gleaming.”
“Oven Pride is God's gift to lazy slackers. I heart it. I use it on my heavily used oven every two or three weeks.”Buy now from Amazon
Extra Long Rubber Gloves, £7.34
Don’t even think about tackling your oven without a pair of rubber gloves. Preferably, extra-long ones. Oven cleaner will burn and sting if it gets in contact with your skin. These green waterproof ones from Amazon feature an elasticated top, which will protect your whole arm and keep any harmful chemicals out.
“I just use Oven Mate (but use long rubber gloves to avoid a burn), then Oven Pride on the shelves as there’s no scrubbing and it comes up lovely.”
“I make sure to use rubber gloves as oven cleaner can be very painful if it gets on the skin.”
“Go for extra-long ones to prevent the solution getting in, which can burn.”Buy now from Amazon
Related: The cleaning products every Mumsnetter has in her arsenal.
What are the best natural oven cleaners?
Bicarbonate of soda and water
If don't like the idea of cleaning with harsh chemicals, take a peek inside your pantry and select an old faithful: baking soda. A dash of this mixed in with some warm water will form a paste, which you can then smear over stains – but don’t take our word for it…
“I use baking soda sprayed with water and leave it on overnight. It does seem to work, at least as well as Mr Muscle or similar oven cleaners, but you still need to use some elbow grease.”
“My top tip would be to make a solution of bicarbonate of soda and water, then smear it all over the inside of your oven with a cloth. It dries to form a harmless protective film, which washes off really easily.”
Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar
Failing that, try a combination of bicarbonate soda and vinegar. The vinegar will provide natural acidity while the bicarbonate soda focuses on getting right into the heart of the stain to loosen and lift it so all you have to do is wash it off.
“If you don't want to pay someone to do it, wet the inside, then throw bicarb or baking soda liberally around the place so it covers the inside. Leave it on for a couple of hours and then put some white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it all over the bicarb. Leave it on for another couple of hours and then wipe it off.”
“Try soda crystals with a bit of vinegar, leaving it to soak overnight. Soda crystals are good for cleaning everything.”
What is the best oven cleaner for baked on grease?
Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner, £11.75 for a pack of two
If you've been putting off this task for, ahem, some time, there are probably a few stains that just won’t budge – no matter how hard you scrub them. That’s where Mr Muscle comes in handy. Tackle any baked-on food or grease, no matter how long it’s been sitting there, with a simple spritz of the nozzle. The foam will get to work straight away, loosening any build-up without any need for scrubbing – your oven will be sparkling in no time.
“Mr. Muscle Oven Cleaner, rubber gloves and Brillo pads – job done.”Buy now from Amazon
Brillo Pads, £14.49 for six packs of 10
If you’ve never used a Brillo pad, you're missing out. Mumsnetters swear by them as they can loosen and remove grime on any type of surface, making them effective tools to keep around the house and ideal for cleaning ovens.
“I recommend using Brillo pads or sugar soap once a month. Put a tray underneath when you cook anything to minimise spills.”
“Brillo pads (the old fashioned soapy ones) are the way to go.”Buy now from Amazon
Related: Banish crumbs with a handheld vacuum cleaner – as recommended by Mumsnetters.
What is the best oven glass cleaner?
Fairy Power Spray, £16 for a pack of four
No deep clean would be complete without turning your attention to the oven door, which, more often than not, will need something a bit stronger than your usual glass cleaner. Not sure what to use? Try Fairy Power Spray, it’s stronger than using Fairy Liquid (which some Mumsnetters also recommend trying), but still smells nice and citrussy. You can even use it for barbecues. According to the bottle, the transformation will be complete in just three minutes.
“Try Fairy Power Spray – it's much stronger than ordinary washing up liquid and works wonders on glass.”Buy now from Amazon
Astonish Premium Oven Cleaner, £7.18
This oven cleaner by Astonish can be used for your entire oven but is especially effective at removing grease from the glass part. It’s free from unpleasant fumes so you can use it safely at home, even if you have children and pets around. Try it once and you won’t go back.
“I use Astonish and a green scourer. I can't remove my glass so have to do it while I’m on the floor. I also do my oven shelves with it and they are gleaming.”Buy now from Amazon
Natural Eco Dishwasher Tablets, £6.40
If you’re in no hurry to rush out and buy yet another cleaning product, there is a multi-tasking solution available. In fact, it may already be sitting in your cupboard: dishwasher tablets. Yes, according to more than a few Mumsnetters, this works a treat. Simply soften a dishwasher tablet with warm water and rub it straight onto the glass. So easy. So cost-effective.
“Someone on Mumsnet recommended using a dampened dishwasher tablet and rubbing it over the glass and, because I am very sheep-like, I tried it and it bloody worked!”
“Just dip the tablet in some water until it softens a bit and scrub with it. It really does work a treat! I just use cheap tablets as I don't have a dishwasher so I buy them especially – they do the trick.”Buy now from Amazon
Verdict: the best oven cleaner of them all
The best oven cleaner, as recommended by Mumsnetters, has got to be Oven Pride. Converts regularly return to the forums, amazed by just how quick and effortless this oven cleaning kit is to use – not to mention the spectacular results.
We can see why, it does tick a lot of boxes:
- Everything you need is included in the box
- It’s totally fume-free
- There’s no mess involved
- Spotless results
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