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Welcome to our big oven cleaner test 2022. Here we present all the oven cleaners we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

In this way, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best oven cleaner for you.[/kb_faq]

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy an oven cleaner.




Summary

  • Oven cleaners are mainly available as sprays, but gels and pastes are becoming more and more popular.
  • Oven cleaners contain chemical ingredients and can therefore be irritating or even corrosive if they come into contact with the skin.
  • Rubber gloves and protective goggles are necessary for cleaning

The Best Oven Cleaner: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an oven cleaner

What exactly is an oven cleaner and how does it work?

An oven cleaner is a cleaning agent specifically designed to remove burnt-on grease and food residue.

This problem is basically acute in ovens and grills. Therefore, you can use both a grill cleaner and an oven cleaner to clean both products.

Using an oven cleaner eliminates the need to scrape and scrub away dirt. (Image source: 123rf.com / Manuel Faba Ortega)

Oven cleaners usually contain strong alkaline ingredients such as caustic soda. These saponify the fats and thus enable them to be removed.

They also contain solvents that help to remove dirt more easily.

How do I use an oven cleaner correctly?

There are two ways to clean an oven:

  • Cold cleaning
  • Hot cleaning

As you have already gathered from the name, the difference lies in the temperature. Apart from that, the cleaning process only differs in terms of the exposure time.

In the following table, we have noted each step for both types of cleaning:

Step Cold cleaning Warm cleaning
1 Put on rubber gloves and safety goggles Put on rubber gloves and safety goggles
2 Apply or spray oven cleaner into the oven Heat oven to 50°C and then switch off
3 Leave cleaner to work for several hours Apply cleaner and leave to act for a few minutes
4 After the reaction time has elapsed, remove the dirt with a damp cloth or scraper After the reaction time has elapsed, remove the dirt with a damp cloth or scraper
5 Neutralise oven cleaner with vinegar Neutralise oven cleaner with vinegar

Warm cleaning takes less time, but can produce unpleasant fumes. Therefore, we recommend opening the window or at least tilting it.

Cold cleaning takes more time, but on the other hand, this type of cleaning is "healthier" because there is no steam development.

A brush helps to distribute the cleaner well and remove the dirt. (Picture source: 123rf.com / budabar)

When can I use the oven again after using the oven cleaner?

It is well known that oven cleaners contain chemical ingredients. Therefore, the question often arises: "When can I use my oven again without endangering my health?

You don't have to wait long or heat up the oven, but neutralise the lye contained in the oven cleaner. This works best with a mild acid. That's why acetic acid, or a vinegar cleaner, is the best choice.

Depending on the material your oven is made of, you can use a cleaner for stainless steel on the outside of the oven. This way, the oven is not only clean from the inside, but also from the outside.

After wiping off the oven cleaner, you can apply the acetic acid, let it work for a short time, then wipe again with a damp cloth and your oven is ready for use again.

Heating after cleaning is not absolutely necessary, as neutralising is sufficient. But to prevent a "vinegar aftertaste", it can be helpful.

For which surfaces are oven cleaners suitable or not suitable?

Oven cleaner can be used for many purposes, but the same cannot be said of every oven cleaner. It is therefore essential to read the label on the back of the oven cleaner. This usually indicates the surfaces on which the cleaner can be used.

Every oven cleaner is also suitable for the grill. As a rule, however, you can also clean cooker tops and ceramic hobs without any problems. Even wood can be cleaned with it. It is also possible to clean ovens with integrated microwaves.

If you are a smoker, you are probably familiar with this problem: a yellow film forms on doors and windows. The oven cleaner also helps here and removes the nicotine residue completely without strenuous scrubbing.

In summary: Any biological dirt can be removed from non-biological surfaces with an oven cleaner

Exception: The manufacturer advises against its use on certain surfaces.

Is the use of oven cleaners dangerous or toxic?

As we have already explained, oven cleaners contain alkaline solutions (lyes), which can be irritating but also corrosive.
Therefore, you should always take certain protective measures before cleaning.

You should never do without rubber gloves and we highly recommend wearing protective goggles. The eye is a very sensitive organ and a chemical burn can lead to long-term and irreversible consequences.

When using oven cleaners, you should never do without gloves. The aggressive substances can damage the skin. (Picture source: 123rf.com / zzzvica11)

Hot cleaning is not advisable because of the fumes it produces. If you are in a hurry and clean your oven warm, remember to open the window before doing so. The smell is very intense and can irritate the throat.

Oven cleaner is not life-threatening under any circumstances unless you ingest it in large quantities.

What should I do if the oven cleaner comes into contact with my skin or eyes?

In case of skin or eye contact, do not panic. It is advisable to immediately rinse the affected area thoroughly with sufficient water.

Then contact the Poisons Information Centre to assess the risk.

If accidentally swallowed, drink a glass of water immediately. Under no circumstances force vomiting! In the best case, call the emergency services immediately.

What should I do if I have inhaled the vapours?

If you have accidentally inhaled the vapours, e.g. during a hot cleaning, you do not have to worry. You may experience an irritated cough or a scratchy throat, but this is not dangerous.

As long as you don't inhale the fumes for several hours, you can rest easy. It is best to go out into the fresh air and breathe deeply.

The next time you clean, you can use a breathing mask to prevent inhaling the fumes.

How much does an oven cleaner cost?

The price of an oven cleaner can vary depending on the manufacturer. The different fill quantities logically also have an influence on the price.

The usual fill quantities are 250, 500 and 1000 ml, but there are also 5 l canisters. However, these are intended for caterers, for example, as they need larger quantities.

Filling quantity price range
250 ml 3 - 20 €
500 ml 5 - 30 €
1000 ml 5 - 50 €

The price range of oven cleaners is quite broad. The more expensive cleaners are particularly convincing because of their short reaction time.

If you don't have the time, or if you simply have to do it quickly because a visitor is already at the door, you will have to dig a little deeper into your pocket.

However, if you have time or can always plan ahead, you can also use cheaper oven cleaners. These usually achieve the same results with a longer soak time.

Are there oven cleaners without chemical ingredients?

Commercial oven cleaners always contain chemical ingredients. Unfortunately, there is no exception. However, many manufacturers make sure that their product is more environmentally friendly by reducing the chemical ingredients.

If you want to completely avoid chemical ingredients, you can resort to home remedies.

The various alternatives to oven cleaner are explained in the following section.

What are the alternatives to oven cleaner?

As you know by now, there are unfortunately no oven cleaners without chemical ingredients on the market.

On the other hand, you don't necessarily have to use industrial cleaners, but you can also use home remedies. These are neither chemical nor harmful to the environment.

Baking soda

Sodium bicarbonate has long been considered a "secret weapon" among housewives. Soda or sodium hydrogen carbonate reacts with acids when it comes into contact with water.

As with the oven cleaner spray, a foamy consistency is created that even removes baked-on dirt.

To clean with sodium bicarbonate, you must follow the steps below:

  1. Mix equal parts of baking soda and water.
  2. Apply the paste to the area to be cleaned.
  3. Allow the paste to work and dry (at least 30 minutes).
  4. Now remove the dried paste with a scraper and wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove all residues.

Baking soda

Baking powder can be used not only for baking in the oven, but also for cleaning afterwards. The effect is similar to that of baking soda, as baking soda is a component of baking powder.

The advantage of baking powder over baking soda is the higher viscosity of the paste. (Image source: 123rf.com / thamkc)

You can make your own oven cleaner with the following steps:

  1. For every 15 g (one baking powder bag) of baking powder, you should use 3 tablespoons of water. This will give you a higher viscosity, i.e. a thicker paste.
  2. Apply the paste to the area to be cleaned.
  3. Allow the paste to work and dry (at least 30 minutes).
  4. Now remove the dried paste with a scraper and wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove all residues.

Vinegar

Not only can you use vinegar to neutralise the oven cleaner, but you can also use it to clean your oven. Vinegar is a mild acid that also helps to remove grease splatters.

  1. First mix the vinegar with washing-up liquid.
  2. Now apply the mixture to the affected area and rub it in with a sponge until a foam forms.
  3. Then leave to soak in.
  4. Finally, wipe the area with a damp cloth.

This way of cleaning will not help with very heavy soiling, unless you clean your oven warm. However, you must then expect an intense vinegar smell.

Decision: What types of oven cleaners are there and which is the right one for you?

What distinguishes an oven cleaner spray and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The main feature of an oven cleaner spray is its ease of use.

Advantages
  • Easy to use
  • Cost-effective
Disadvantages
  • High consumption

Compared to a paste/gel, the handling proves to be easy, as large areas can be sprayed quickly and easily with the spray.

On the other hand, consumption is higher. This means that you have to get a replacement sooner. However, most sprays are also available as a value pack with several sprays.

What distinguishes a gel oven cleaner and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The gel oven cleaner convinces with its high yield. However, you have to use a brush, which makes handling a little more complicated and time-consuming, especially when cleaning large areas.

Advantages
  • High yield
  • highly effective
  • short contact time
Disadvantages
  • More time-consuming handling
  • higher risk of burns

The danger when applying with a brush is that splashes can get into the eye.

In addition, the higher efficacy is associated with a higher concentration and thus more likely to cause irritation or chemical burns. Therefore, protective goggles are not dispensable under any circumstances.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate oven cleaners on the basis of these factors

You can compare oven cleaners on the basis of various criteria to find the best oven cleaner for you. These factors include:

  • Effectiveness
  • Reaction time
  • Handling
  • Consumption
  • Ingredients

In the following section, we will introduce you to each category and explain what to look for.

Efficiency

Efficiency is the most important criterion for an oven cleaner. Logically, you don't want to buy an oven cleaner that doesn't deliver the desired result.

Regardless of the length of the exposure time, the product should deliver a top result if the exposure time specified by the manufacturer is adhered to.

If this is not the case, the effectiveness of the product is not satisfactory and the product is not recommended.

The effectiveness depends not only on the concentration of the cleaner, but also on its viscosity and consistency. A highly concentrated cleaner is therefore not necessarily the most effective cleaner.

Contact time

Most of the time, you only notice that the oven needs cleaning when you were about to put a pizza in the oven. You are hungry and want to use the oven again as soon as possible.

It is precisely in such cases that a short soaking time is worth its weight in gold. That's why the duration is also a decisive factor. Here, oven cleaner gels score particularly well, as they can adhere very well to the surface and are also highly concentrated.

Handling

Handling is also an important purchase criterion. Easy handling saves time and reduces the risk.

This is especially the case with sprays. No accessories are necessary and the spray allows wide surfaces to be treated quickly.

Handling with a brush is not necessarily more complicated, but a little more time-consuming. It may also be that you personally cannot see any difference or that you find the handling with the brush just as easy.

We recommend that you test both products to find out which one suits you better.

Consumption

The consumption of a cleaner shows how many cleanings you can do with one bottle.

The more cleanings you can do, the higher the yield. Conversely, the higher the consumption, the sooner you have to replace it.

The oven cleaner spray is cheaper, but the consumption is high. You need more foam than gel for the same result.

Here you should decide for yourself what is more important to you personally and which cleaner you prefer

Ingredients

Depending on the manufacturer, the ingredients vary. Some do without surfactants, others are more environmentally friendly or more concentrated.

There are oven cleaners that are almost all-purpose cleaners, as they can be used on several materials. On the other hand, there are also cleaners that strongly attack other materials and can even damage them.

Therefore, the ingredients are also a purchase criterion. Again, you have to decide for yourself.

If you only want to clean the oven and need a highly concentrated product, you will not be able to clean other surfaces with it.

Facts worth knowing about oven cleaner

Can I use oven cleaner to clean my rims?

Oven cleaner can certainly be used as a rim cleaner. At first glance, the result is satisfactory, but you should be aware that the ingredients of the oven cleaner attack the aluminium and the rim loses its shine in the long run.

In addition, the paint on your rim will also be affected. If you scrub harder, the paint could even come off.

We recommend that you only use the oven cleaner on the inside of the rim if, for example, brake dust has accumulated. Regular cleaning with the oven cleaner is not recommended.

Can I clean upholstery with oven cleaner?

Grease stains on the carpet? The oven cleaner can be helpful here.

But be careful: there is a risk that the oven cleaner will bleach the upholstery. This means that the grease stain is gone, but the spot is now lighter and looks like a stain again.

If you still want to try it, you should test the oven cleaner on a spot that is not directly visible.

An alternative home remedy is shaving foam. This has proven effective for cleaning upholstery.

Can I remove varnish with an oven cleaner?

In principle, it is possible to remove varnish with an oven cleaner. However, you have to leave the oven cleaner to work at least overnight and then you still cannot expect an effective result.

After extensive research on several forums, it turned out that brake fluid is the more effective agent. You can try oven cleaner, but you would get a better result with brake fluid.

Picture source: 123rf.com / HONGQI ZHANG

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