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How To Clean Burnt Food in an Oven

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If there’s anything more stubborn than a moody child, it has to be the burnt food stuck at the bottom of an oven.

You will need to mentally prepare yourself days before you clean it because it seems to be the biggest pending chore. Not anymore.

Today, I’m giving away my two best-kept approaches to cleaning burnt food from your oven like a pro. I swear by them, and you will, too, once you try them.


There are two ways to clean the burnt food in an oven like a pro making it as good as new:

Using Baking Soda for Efficient Cleaning

  • Make a Paste.
  • Apply the Paste and Wait.
  • Remove the Paste.

Using Fast-Acting Chemical Reagents

  • Prepare a Cleaning Agent.
  • Scrub Using the Solution.
  • Remove the Solution.

You will be amazed by the variety of simple yet exceptionally effective cleaning solutions you can make at home.

These will save you from the instant embarrassment you might face when your mother-in-law opens your oven and finds burnt food sitting at the bottom.

Let’s dive into the two methods of cleaning your oven that will make the cleaning game easier for you.

1. Use Baking Soda for Efficient cleaning

Baking Soda

This method will take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours but is highly effective when getting rid of the stubborn food deposition is the problem of concern.

The three main steps that you will follow in this method are given:

Step #1: Make a Paste

First, you want to make a paste using the two most readily available ingredients worldwide. Water and Baking Soda.

How to Make Cleaning Paste:

If you want the best results, use pure Baking Soda to make your paste. Use one cup of water and mix it with three cups of baking soda to clean to make your cleaning paste.

If you want the best results, use pure Baking Soda to make your paste. It will produce better results.

Step #2: Apply the Paste and Wait

Apply a thick layer of that custom-made paste on the bottom of the microwave by ensuring the power supply is disconnected before you start the process.

Make sure to cover all the oven parts with burnt food stuck in them.

Wait for at least 18 to 24 hours and let the paste do its magic. You might get the best results if you do not wait for the advised time.

Step #3: Remove the Paste

The baking soda will react with the food particles and break their bonds. Eventually, it would be easy to remove the food remnants by removing the baking soda.

When you let the paste rest at the bottom for at least 24 hours, it will bond with the food particle and be strong enough to pull the food particles along the paste.

2. Use Fast-Acting Chemical Reagents

Fast- Acting Chemical Reagent

Using fast-acting chemical reagents will rescue you from constantly having to use your microwave, and you can’t afford to wait longer than one hour while cleaning it.

You can further cut out on the waiting time if you run short on time, but to let the cleaning reagent react with the debris, you will need at least one hour.

The fast method is just as effective as the slow one. Follow these steps:

Step #1: Prepare a Cleaning Reagent

In this step, you will be more or less using a pre-made reagent, i.e., dish soap. But you will add a few ingredients to it to improve its efficacy.

How to Make Cleaning Reagent

Take 1/2 cup of water, add 1/4 cup of dish soap, and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Your exceptionally effective cleaning agent is ready!

Furthermore, ensure the power supply is cut off before you move to the next step.

Step #2: Scrub Using the Solution

In the second step, you would apply the solution on the bottom of the oven using a scrub and rub it for some time to get rid of the debris. After rubbing for 3 seconds, dip the sponge or scrub in the solution again and repeat the rubbing. Repeat the dipping and rubbing until no food debris is left at the oven’s bottom.

Step #3: Remove the Solution

When you have finally reached a point where you can see the bottom surface of the oven, stop the rubbing. Take a clean towel, dip it in plain water, and apply it at the bottom. Now take a dry towel and clean the walls and bottom of the oven.

Reconnect it to the power supply and ensure it’s completely dry before turning it on. Then, turn it on, let it run for some minutes, and test.


There are two methods of cleaning an insanely dirty oven, so much so that it has food stuck to its bottom: the fast method and the low method.

In the former, we use a cleaning agent with vinegar, water, and dish soap; in the latter, we use water with baking soda.

These reagents are very effective in removing stains, but these methods are different only in the application time of both cleaning methods. You can do any of these at your convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Clean Burnt Sugar From the Oven?

Make a paste of water with double the amount of baking soda and apply it on the bottom. Let it sit for a good 24 hours duration, and wash it off with a towel.

Does Vinegar Dissolve the Burnt Sugar in the Oven?

Yes, vinegar solution is highly effective in removing burnt sugar from the bottom of the oven as it dissolves sugar.

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