How to Clean an Oven like a Boss

We are down to a matter of minutes before Thanksgiving is here! I hope you all have your turkeys defrosting and shopping lists ready! I cannot wait for the smell of fresh baked goodness coming out of the oven.  But unfortunately, right now, the only smells coming out of my oven are the smells of charred cheese and blackened bits of burned food from years of use.  Once upon a time I used the self-cleaning feature to clean my oven and nearly suffocated from the fumes.  I had to open all my windows and turn on the fans to keep from choking on the smell.  It took me weeks to get the stink out. Phew-wee.  So this year I decided to take the old fashioned elbow grease route, and it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought!

Are you ready to see it?  My embarrassing oven “before” photo?  Here you go!  Enjoy….

How to clean your oven-1

Yeah.   It’s gross. I know.  BUT.

I’m here to tell you how I cleaned it quicker than you can say greasy, grimy gopher guts.  Thieves Household Cleaner smells great and doesn’t make you want to choke.  I love this stuff!  I keep several bottles mixed up all around my house-upstairs and down, so I won’t have to search for it when I need it.  The dilution ratios are found on the Young Living website, but for heavy degreasing you’ll need about 15 parts water to 1 part Thieves cleaner (so 15 ounces of water and 1 ounce Thieves cleaner).  For lighter household stuff the dilution ratio is 60:1, which makes this cleaner go a loooooooooooong way!

Thieves Household Cleaner

I buy these cobalt blue trigger spray bottles from a few different places online- where ever is cheapest.

How to clean your oven-2

You’ll also need a roll of paper towels, a magic eraser and also a nylon scraper, if you have one.  I used my beloved Thieves cleaner in a spray bottle, giving all the grimy parts a quick once over with the spray, leaving it soapy.  Then let it sit and soak for about 30 minutes while you go about your holiday baking business.

How to clean your oven-3

Use that nylon scraper to remove the worst of the stuck-on bits, then scrub the rest with a magic eraser until Mr. Clean begins to squeak like Stuart Little running on a stress test treadmill.  Scrub, scrub, scrub.  And before you know it, you’ll have a shiny, clean oven!

How to clean your oven-1-2

Did you know that’s all it takes?  A little elbow grease and some Thieves cleaner will make it go from this to this:

How to clean your oven

And then you can get back to a little more of this, this, this and EVEN THIS

pretzelsgranolacheese dipturkey

…all cooked inside your shiny, gleaming oven, both inside and out!

I love you like biscuits and gravy

Who else is ready for the Holidays??

Bring it on, Thanksgiving!

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  1. Just a thought: why don’t you turn on the self clean on your oven?

  2. Oooopppps! I saw your answer!

  3. Just curious. What kind of oven do you have? Mine has coils? that heat up to cook the food on the bottom (as well as on the top for broiling).

  4. This is awesome! I am working from home today, just noticed that my YL order will arrive today (which includes my first bottle of Thieves cleaner), and my oven looks about 52 times worse than yours. I will definitely be trying this.

  5. I’ve had thieves spray for over a year and never tried this. I’m so excited to get my oven shiny and ‘new’ again! Do you have to use glass sprayer with thieves?? I just have mine in a regular spray bottle – I was intrigued when I saw the link to the cobalt sprayer

  6. susanna says:

    Hey how much is that cleaner for over and where can I buy it ?

  7. I did the same mistake with self-cleaning feature. It was a nightmare. I started to cough and could not calm myself for 30 minutes. Now I am using Thieves Household Cleaner, too. It is perfect. Greetings!

  8. lookie here

  9. I’m really sorry to be “that person” as I never post in comments but magic erasers are super toxic and if your wanting a chemical free home, (which i’m assuming is the case or you wouldn’t be with Young Living) then ditch the magic erasers!! Baking soda is a great option for scrubbing power.

  10. Linda Ray Elsbernd says:

    Im desparate mine my actually look worse that yours….. Now off to the kitchen! Thanks for the post, it was exactly what I was looking for!


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