The Surprising Way to a Clean Oven Without Fumes

The Surprising Way to Clean Your Oven Without Fumes

You may think that using the self-cleaning setting on your oven is a great idea because you’re simply heating up the oven and not using any cleaners.

Unfortunately, when your oven reaches over 600 degrees, it can start emitting nasty fumes. These fumes can be from your oven’s interior coating off-gassing or residual food burning and releasing carbon monoxide. Neither is good.

While it is well documented that pet birds can be killed from self-cleaning oven fumes, it’s unclear how toxic the fumes are to humans, with the exception of carbon monoxide.

Why risk it?

You know when you use the self-cleaning feature, your house fills with fumes that last for hours. Do you really want to breathe that?

What should you do instead?


How to Get a Clean Oven Without Fumes


You can clean your oven easily by following these simple steps. Very little elbow grease is involved, really!

Fill the bottom of your oven with an even layer of baking soda. Pour white vinegar over the baking soda.

You’ll hear bubbling as the soda and vinegar react. This is the sound of cleaning taking place in your oven without any effort from you.

Close the oven door and wait for three to five hours. Wait longer for greasier messes. Then, wipe up the vinegar and soda with an absorbent towel. You might have one or two areas to work on, but it won’t be much.

It’s a bit like magic.

Plus, no awful fumes.


Just Curious


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13 thoughts on “The Surprising Way to a Clean Oven Without Fumes

  1. Okay totally trying this. We actually don’t have a self cleaning oven. It’s seriously old. AND seriously grimy. None of the eco-cleaners I’ve bought have worked. Excited to test this out!

  2. I tried the baking soda thing with my oven once but I couldn’t get it as clean as with chemicals. Could be to do with my “lack of elbow grease”.

  3. I am an avid cleaner and love to clean the challenging items in our home, such as the oven. I try to be as eco friendly as I can, but sometimes it’s hard with the big stuff.

    Thanks for sharing these tips. It really helps to know what other people are doing!

    • Hi Audrey,
      I agree with you about the challenge cleaning some of the big items like really dirty ovens which is why I was so excited when I discovered this solution. I love the fact that you refer to yourself as an avid cleaner. Wish I could say that about myself. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

  4. Oh my gosh, I am getting adicted to your blog!!!
    Seriously you have such awesome tips and they are all realistic and very much to what I like to know… I am becoming fan number 1!!!!

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