Even though most ovens have a self-cleaning function, there may be times you want to do a little spot cleaning as burned bits of food, grease stains and food splatters may not require a full-on cleaning cycle to remove. And if your oven isn’t self-cleaning, tackling it can be one of the toughest chores in the kitchen. However, the right oven cleaner can make this task effortless.
Luckily, here at the Good Housekeeping Institute we test hundreds of cleaning products each year like grill cleaners, carpet stain removers, and oven cleaners to find the best products to tackle those messes. To test oven cleaners, we apply and bake greasy, sugary messes onto oven surfaces and use each product according to its label directions to evaluate how quickly, thoroughly and easily it cleans and how neat or messy it is to use. We also assess the label for completeness of the directions and any required safety precautions based on the ingredients. To get your oven spotless and cut through baked-on residue, see our top picks below (most work on broiler pans and grill grates, too!):
GH Lab Tip: Before using any oven cleaner on a self-cleaning oven, even for spot cleaning, check to see if your appliance manufacturer cautions against it — some do and doing so may discolor the oven’s interior surface or may void the warranty if you have a problem. Even if the oven cleaner label says it is safe to use, it’s always best to follow your oven manufacturer’s recommendations.
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Best Overall Oven Cleaner
Fume Free Oven Cleaner
The Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner loosens grime in just 30 seconds, making it easy to wipe away. Use it to spot clean spillovers between big cleanings. And because it works on cold ovens and is free of caustic fumes, using it doesn’t require heating up or venting your kitchen. For deep cleaning, wait two hours after spraying a cold oven before wiping with a wet sponge, cloth, or paper towel.
- Loosens grime in 30 seconds
- Easy to wipe away
- Works on cold ovens
Best Value Oven Cleaner
Oven & Grill Cleaner
Zep Heavy Duty Oven & Grill Cleaner is a powerful cleaner that can be used on ovens (and cookware!), racks, grills and more to dissolve tough stains and crud in just 10 minutes. In fact, it made the list of top grill cleaners in our test, too! Zep works best on a warm — not hot — oven. Just be sure the room is well-ventilated and surrounding surfaces are protected with newspaper to prevent any damage from overspray.
- Can be used on ovens and cookware
- Works in just 10 minutes
- Fumes might be bothersome
- Surfaces and skin should be protected
Most Versatile Oven Cleaner
Carbona Oven Cleaner is a fume-free gel that penetrates and removes grease in minutes. It also works on microwave oven interiors and even glass fireplace doors. A trigger sprayer provides precise application and means it won’t quit spraying with cleaner left inside like aerosols can. And because it’s a gel, Carbona clings to grime even on vertical surfaces to break it down fast. Use it on a cold oven and let it sit 20 minutes for spot cleaning or up to four hours for deep cleaning before wiping.
- Penetrates and removes grease in minutes
- Works on microwave interiors and fireplace windows
- Biodegradable formula
- Needs to sit four hours for deep cleaning
Best Oven Cleaner for Grease
Oven and Grill Cleaner
Spray stains with Goo Gone Oven and Grill Cleaner and in three to five minutes, wipe grease away with a wet cloth or sponge. The fast-working foam is citrus-based to cut through greasy build-up, even in a cold oven. For tough, baked-on food spills, allow it to set for 30 to 60 minutes.
- Dissolves grease in three to five minutes
- Works in a cold oven
- Should be used in a well-ventilated area
Best Protective Oven Cleaner
Oven & Grill Cleaner
The grease-cutting foam of Good Housekeeping Seal holder Weiman Oven and Grill Cleaner dissolves baked-on residue in under 10 minutes, even on a cold oven. Use it on oven door glass with a soft bristle brush to restore the view. The formula also contains a protective ingredient that helps oven racks and grill grates resist rust.
- Dissolves baked-on residue in under 10 minutes
- Helps protect grates and racks from rust
- Works on a cold oven
Best Oven Cleaner for Oven Racks
2-in-1 Oven Rack and Grill Cleaner
This cleaner was a top performer in our Lab tests, spiffing up oven racks overnight with almost no scrubbing required. To clean, simply brush big chunks of debris off oven racks, place up to two racks in the bag that comes with the kit, pour in the cleaning solution and seal the bag. Swish the solution around in the bag to make sure the racks are coated with the liquid, and let them sit overnight. In the morning, remove the racks from the bag and wipe or lightly scrub them clean. Take note, be sure to keep the soaking bag away from children or pets.
- Works overnight
- Cleans grill grates, too
- Cleans up to two oven racks at once
- Best for new or oven racks in good condition
Best Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner
Magic Eraser Extra Durable Scrubber
The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal because of how well it cleans a variety of surfaces, so it’s no surprise we love the extra durable version to spot clean the inside of ovens. For baked-on spots, cover with a hot, wet cloth to help loosen them up and then use the extra durable Magic Eraser to scrub the grime away.
Because these scrubbers are extra durable, they hold up well to tough stuck-on spots and unlike other oven cleaners, they contain no chemicals that may damage or discolor an oven’s interior surface. They even do a great job on an oven door’s glass window.
- Extra durable
- Convenient to use
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