Best oven cleaners: 6 buys for blasting burnt-on food off shelves, glass and more

Some of the best oven cleaners, these can help get your oven looking shipshape once again

best oven cleaners: NEFF N90 C17FS32N0B COMPACT STEAM OVEN
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With one of the best oven cleaners to hand, you'll be ready to take down whatever grimy mess you've been avoiding. Whether it's a post-celebration cleanup or simply an overdue cleanse, cleaning the oven is no one's idea of fun. However, arming yourself accordingly with either a quality spray, gel or block will make the job far easier. 

No doubt you've searched online, only to find yourself scrolling aimlessly through hundreds of options. With reams of products to pick from, the hunt can become a job in itself. So, rather than burdening yourself with yet another chore, take a few pointers from us. We've curated a neat selection of the very best oven cleaners out there. All of our selections are relatively affordable, and each comes with its own unique charms. Fragrant, fast or tough on stains – it's all there. Plus, we've got you covered for cruelty-free, fume-free and vegan options, too.

So read on to get those shelves, doors and more gleaming. Or, if you think your oven is beyond help and you want to invest in a new pyrolytic model that cleans itself (yes, really) then check out our guide to the best ovens.

The best oven cleaners

Oven Mate Oven Cleaning Gel


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1. Oven Mate Oven Cleaning Gel

Best oven cleaner: this cleaning gel is the best oven cleaning product you can buy, bar none

Specifications

Best for: Functionality
Type: Gel
Size: 500ml

Reasons to buy

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Comes with a brush and gloves
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Doesn't have a strong smell
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Some may prefer a spray
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Not for use on self cleaning ovens

This powerful Oven Mate Oven Cleaning Gel can remove baked-on grease and grime no problem, leaving your oven looking brand new. And the best part is there's no scrubbing needed. To apply, firstly ensure your oven's cold, then pop on the gloves and use the thick side of the brush to paint the inside of your oven with the gel. Leave for 10 minutes or so and then wipe with a damp cloth and it'll be good as new. This is the best oven cleaner if you're after something effective and easy to use, we think.

Best oven cleaner spray: Dr Beckmann Rescue Oven Cleaner

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2. Dr Beckmann Rescue Oven Cleaner

Best oven cleaner spray: a powerful oven cleaner for a deep oven clean

Specifications

Best for: Deep cleaning
Type: Spray
Size: 375ml

Reasons to buy

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Tough
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Fast-acting
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Easy to use
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Can be left overnight for deep cleaning
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Doesn't smell too strong

Reasons to avoid

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Not for use on printed, lacquered, aluminium or plastic surfaces
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Can't be used on self cleaning ovens

The Dr Beckmann Rescue Oven Cleaner comes in a spray bottle, making it ideal for those who don't like getting messy. It's tough, too, so your oven will be free of grease and grime in no time – our home test gave us surprisingly good results. Simple to use, just spray the product into your oven and close the door; leave to work for half an hour to an hour, depending on how dirty your oven is (for those who want a deep clean, leave overnight), then wipe your oven clean with a cloth dipped in soapy water. We think this is the best oven cleaner for tough stains and deep cleaning.

Astonish Original Oven & Cookware Cleaner

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3. Astonish Original Oven & Cookware Cleaner

Best oven cleaner for baked on grease: cruelty-free, vegan and free from harsh chemicals, this is voted one of the most versatile oven cleaners in the world

Specifications

Best for: Eco
Type: Block
Size: 150g

Reasons to buy

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Cruelty free and vegan
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Versatile

Reasons to avoid

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Some may prefer a spray
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Can't be used on plastics, non-stick coatings, polished metal surfaces or brushed stainless steel
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Do not use on cracked or damaged enamel/glazing

Unlike our other best oven cleaners, the Astonish Original Oven & Cookware Cleaner comes in block form and can be used on everything from ovens to cooker tops, pans, cookware, sinks and tiles. We think it's a great product that's particularly good at removing stubborn grease, burnt oil and dirt from the inside of an oven. To use, simply wet a sponge, nylon scouring pad or soft cloth with clean warm water, then scoop a small amount of the product and cover the dirty surface with it. Using circular motions, rinse it clean with a wet cloth to remove the residue and ta-da! Also, because it's not a spray, it's less harmful to your environment – winning!

Best oven rack cleaner: Ovenbrite Oven Cleaner

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4. Ovenbrite Oven Cleaner

Best oven rack cleaner: an easy to use oven cleaner that'll have your racks gleaming in no time

Specifications

Best for: Easy to use
Type: Gel
Size: 500ml

Reasons to buy

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Comes with bag and gloves included
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Fume-free

Reasons to avoid

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Bottle only contains one to two applications
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Takes a while

Made from a fume-free formula, the Ovenbrite Oven Cleaner comes complete with gloves, a sponge and a bag for your racks to be cleaned in. To use, firstly ensure you're wearing the disposable gloves, then pour half the cleaning solution into the oven rack cleaning bag and place your cold racks inside and seal at the top. Pour the rest of the solution directly into the centre of your oven, then, using the sponge supplied, spread it around. Leave for a minimum of four hours (or overnight if you can) and then wipe away the residue with the sponge and some hot water. Although the bottle only contains one application (or two if your oven is small), this is our pick of the best oven cleaner for ease of use.

Oven Mate Daily Oven Cleaner Spray

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5. Oven Mate Daily Oven Cleaner Spray

Best daily oven cleaner: looking for a product for daily oven cleaning? This is your guy

Specifications

Best for: Daily cleaning
Type: Spray
Size: 500ml

Reasons to buy

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Great for quick-clean ups
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No-fuss

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for use on enamel-coated, aluminium or self-cleaning ovens

Ideal for quick clean-ups, the Oven Mate Daily Oven Cleaner Spray tackles grease, removes fat and lifts food. To use, spray into your cold oven (avoiding the door seals) and leave for up to 30 minutes, then wipe clean – it's as easy as that. It's no-fuss, easy to use and it comes out as a foam. The best oven cleaner for regular cleaning, we think.

Dirtbusters Bio Oven Cleaner

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6. Dirtbusters Bio Oven Cleaner

Best fume-free oven cleaner: a softer option for cleaning up like a pro

Specifications

Best for: Gentle cleaning
Type: Spray
Size: 750ml

Reasons to buy

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Non-caustic
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No odours
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Citrus fragrance

Reasons to avoid

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Best used on a warm oven
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Should be pre-tested on sensitive areas

When it comes to finding an oven cleaner that isn't too harsh, this option from Dirtbusters is ideal. A safe and effective spray for cleaning ovens, it was originally designed for use by professional cleaners, so you know it's a quality product. Because it has a non-caustic formula, you needn't fret too much about its effect on your skin. Plus, without fumes or nasty odours, this choice won't leave your kitchen reeking of bleach. Its smart formula contains microbes that soften carbon, making removal of grime ever-so easy. And, as well as being ideal for ovens, including self-cleaning ones, it also works brilliantly on hobs, pots and pans. Burnt-on food? No problem. Quite the all-rounder, right?

How to buy the best oven cleaner

Finding the best oven cleaner can be a tricky task indeed. After all, the sheer quantity of solutions out there can sometimes be more confusing than helpful. So, to make things a little simpler, we've outlined some of the key questions and considerations you might have in mind.

Spray, gel or block?
A lot of people, without thinking, opt for a spray. Now, of course, there's no reason you shouldn't: sprays are usually pretty intuitive to use, fast-acting and efficient. However, there are certainly some benefits in considering a gel or block option. For example, often gels are kinder on the planet, simply in virtue of the fact that they are not sprays. And, in the case of gels, these can be very easy to use, with less intrusive smells.

Bang for your buck
Look, none of the options we've picked out are going to break the bank, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check the solution size. For example, the gel cleaner from Ovenbrite is very cheap, but it only offers you about two applications. Alternatively, something like the Oven Mate Daily Oven Cleaner Spray (opens in new tab) should see you through more use, although, obviously, it costs a little more.

Oven type
What kind of oven do you have? It's an important question because some cleaners are not suitable for use on specific styles, materials and surfaces. For example, some sprays cannot be used on enamel-coated, aluminium or self-cleaning ovens. If you have a self-cleaning oven, the Dirtbusters Bio Oven Cleaner (opens in new tab) would be a smart choice.

What is the best oven cleaner to use?
As you might gauge from the above considerations, it is wholly dependent on the oven and the criteria you have in mind. Overall, we place the Oven Mate Oven Cleaning Gel (opens in new tab) top due to ease of use, the handy extras it comes with and its ability to cut through grime and grease. Of course, if you are after something more specific, such as a block option, you might consider the Astonish Original Oven & Cookware Cleaner (opens in new tab), which is both vegan and kind on the earth. So, when browsing our selections, be sure to check out the specs we've listed.

What do professional oven cleaners use to clean ovens?
Good question. After all, why settle for less than the best. All our choices are of a high standard, but if we had to pick the most professional, we would point you to the Dirtbusters Bio Oven Cleaner (opens in new tab), which was first used by the pros before getting big on the wider market.

Annie Collyer
Deputy Ecommerce Editor

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...

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