When it comes to cleaning your oven, give the harsh chemicals a miss. Instead, try my homemade oven cleaner to clean your oven the natural and eco-friendly way.

This time last year I barely came up for air as I beavered away on writing my new natural cleaning book, Fresh Clean Home.  Honestly, ask me what happened in May last year and I cannot tell you, aside from busying away in my kitchen and on my laptop.  Therefore it’s a huge relief that precisely 365 days later I can share the fruits of my labour with you!

One of my favourite recipes, that I really want to share with you from the book is my eco-friendly DIY oven cleaner.

I used to hate cleaning my oven. I always found it such a laborious job, and I hated having to use such harsh caustic chemicals in such close quarters. For a long time, I thought there was no other way. I tried various natural cleaning solutions and methods and was always so disappointed with the results.

That was until one day I had a light bulb and realised the key was xanthan gum. Yes, that gluten-free baking staple which helps to provide thickness to gluten-free recipes. When used in natural cleaning recipes, the xanthan gum creates a clinging gel-like consistency that’s perfect for cleaning your oven. You can mix up the solution, apply, and leave it on overnight to work its magic, before wiping it down in the morning.

There might still be a bit of scrubbing involved, but at least you won’t be breathing in any noxious fumes from your oven cleaner.  It was recently reported that regular use of cleaning sprays has an impact on your lung health, comparable with smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.  My clean green homemade natural oven cleaner has none of that nastiness, but all of the effectiveness.

Want to know the best part?  You can pick up all of the ingredients (mostly from the baking aisle!) cheaply next time you are at the supermarket!

Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipe

Is cleaning the oven your least favourite job?  Mine, too, my friend, mine, too.  I shan’t admit how often I clean my oven (you might judge me), but let’s just say it’s not as often as I should.

For me, the big problem is that I find the caustic fumes from conventional oven cleaners overwhelming.  Instead, I’ve come up with this homemade oven-cleaning gel that does the trick without the noxious atmosphere.  The gel ensures the homemade cleaner clings to the sides of your oven overnight, allowing the soda crystals to really get in and help dissolve the cooked-on grease and grime.  The result is a clean oven without the chemical stench.

homemade oven cleaner uk

Photography for Fresh Clean Home by Rachel Whiting

You Will Need:

1 teaspoon xanthan gum (buy it from the baking section of the supermarket or health food store)
2 teaspoons glycerine (again, but it from the baking section of the supermarket)
2 teaspoons washing-up liquid
300ml just-boiled water
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons soda crystals (find it in the cleaning aisle of the supermarket)

Makes: a single-use gel

Use: use this homemade cleaner on your oven immediately


To make this homemade oven cleaner, put the xanthan gum and glycerine in a large bowl and stir well to fully combine. Add the washing-up liquid and stir again.

Next, pour the just-boiled water into a large jug and add the salt and soda crystals. Stir until the soda crystals dissolve.

Pour the warm solution into the bowl with the xanthan gum mixture. Next use a hand-held blender to pulse for 1 minute, until fully combined. Take care not to burn yourself – you may want to allow the water to cool a little before blending to avoid this risk.

To Use This Homemade Oven Cleaner

To use this homemade oven cleaner, switch off your oven at the socket and remove the racks from the inside.  Wearing rubber gloves, use a sponge or scrubbing brush to apply the gel liberally to the surfaces of your oven, including the door.

You can also use the homemade oven cleaner on your oven racks and trays, too, if these also need cleaning.

Leave the gel on overnight, then in the morning, again wearing rubber gloves, use a scrubbing brush to give your oven a thorough clean.  If burnt-on spots remain, sprinkle over some bicarbonate of soda to give you some extra scouring power.

When you’re satisfied, wipe the oven down with a clean, damp cloth, rinsing the cloth in fresh water as necessary.

Warning: Do not use this homemade oven cleaner on aluminium surfaces. Soda crystals do not like aluminium, and can corrode it.

If you liked this recipe, then do check out Fresh Clean Home. It is packed full of natural cleaning recipes for every corner of your home, is available now through your local bookshop or via online sellers.  You can buy it from a variety of online and physical bookshops, including:

Amazon* / Foyles* / Hive / The Telegraph / Waterstones* / Wordery*

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