When You Don’t Have A Self Cleaning Oven

a cooking country girl

These days, new ovens are a huge improvement over older ones.  I love the that they are self cleaning!  That makes the dreaded chore of cleaning my oven more simple. Since the oven is used daily, I like to keep it clean. I’ve lived in apartments and homes that had older appliances and those old ovens weren’t self cleaning. When foods spill and harden, the gunk can require some serious scrubbing to remove. Who wants to mess with that?

If you have an oven that isn’t self cleaning, I have an easy way to clean your oven and it’s all natural.


  1. Take half a lemon and rub it on the bottom of the oven where any food may have spilled.  The food has probably hardened, so rub it thoroughly.  If there is a lot of food or it has hardened on thick, use both halves of your lemon.
  2. Preheat your oven to 250° and place a medium size, oven safe bowl, (I used a glass bowl) filled with water and four to six more lemon halves on the top rack and close the door.
  3. The water will heat up and the steam will help soften the stuck on residue.  Wait approximately an hour and turn the oven off. Open the oven door and give the oven time to cool down, cool to the point of safely touching it.
  4. When it’s cool to the touch, use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the inside of your oven, including the door.  If some spots are more stubborn, you can safely use a wet scouring pumice and rub those stubborn spots away.

Author: Acookingcountrygirl

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