How to clean your oven with lemon – the quick trick behind a citrus fresh finish

When life gives you lemons, you use them to achieve a spotless shine – this expert-approved method is refreshingly simple

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Knowing how to clean your oven with lemons may sound tedious – but it's about to become the easiest part of your kitchen routine. 

The hack that has already made waves on social media is among the easiest (but most powerful) cleaning methods you can practice – and it's entirely expert-approved. So, while you may already know how to clean an oven effectively, this trick for cleaning with lemon juice may rewrite your method entirely. 

Whether you want to tackle (even the harshest) grease without powerful chemicals or you simply want to flirt with the method that's making headlines online – these cleaning tips will make the process clear. 

How to clean your oven with lemon – the expert method behind the viral social media trend

Lemons in a bowl on a wooden table

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When cleaning a kitchen, it can feel natural to begin with your oven. Here's how to make the process notably quicker, easier – and more natural.

1. Create the lemon and water mixture

To begin, Carey Sperry, the Owner of Clean in Vogue, takes just one slice one fresh lemon in one and a half cups of tap water in an oven-proof bowl. Or you can also use a small-medium cookie tray or pie plate if you would prefer. Then place the mixture in a 250-degree oven for 20 minutes.

2. Wipe your oven

After 20 minutes, Carey recommends turning off the heat and letting the water cool for a few minutes. However, it's important not to let it cool too much as it should still feel hot to touch. 

When the water is at the right temperature, you should wipe the oven floor, walls, and racks with a sponge or cotton cloth dipped in the hot lemon water. You should then dry the oven will a different rag. 

3. Use a sustainable sponge as an alternative

While using a rag will ensure a spotless finish – but the experts similarly suggest a fiber scrubber or wood cellulose sponge as a more sustainable kitchen idea. As before, Carey says you should rub off until clean before wiping residue off with a warm cloth. 

Lemons in a bowl on a wooden table

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How do I clean my oven with baking soda and lemon?

For tougher, baked-on greasy areas, you can use baking soda alongside lemon on the bottom and inside the oven door. And the method is just as simple. Carey suggests cutting the lemon into thick slices before squeezing the juice on top of the baking soda and scrubbing it until it comes up spotless. 

Alternatively, Steve Evans, owner of Memphis Maids, says that you can clean your oven by coating the surface in baking soda and using half a lemon as a scrubber inside your oven. However,  American Home Shield, warns that you may see smoke when scrubbing, so you may want to open a window during the process.  

Is lemon good for cleaning oven?

Yes, using lemon is one of the best ways you can clean an oven. American Home Shield celebrates the citrus's natural cleaning abilities – mostly for its degreasing and odor neutralizing properties. And its benefits aren't limited to your oven. If you're looking for how to clean a microwave naturally, you can use lemon juice – combined with 1/3 cup of water. 

The expert suggests mixing the solution in a microwavable bowl for 3 to 5 minutes before wiping the inside of your appliance thoroughly. 'Don’t forget to wipe down the outside with a cloth and some diluted vinegar or other cleaning product,' she adds.  

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.