February 5, 2020


Cleaning the oven is one of my least favourite chores. But this clever mum’s oven cleaning hack is practically life-changing.

I absolutely that the way that grime, oil and unknown brown residue scar the oven so easily. We’ve only had our oven for a few months and it already looks like a mess.

I loathe those super-strong asphyxiating oven cleaning chemicals, which can also be really expensive, so I was on the lookout for a less harsh and more economical alternative.

I stumbled upon an amazing oven cleaning hack on the Mums Who Clean facebook group

Oven Cleaning Hack

These mums have shared incredible results from cleaning their oven doors as well as inside their ovens with dishwasher tablets.

“So I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve probably only cleaned my oven twice in the nearly 3 years we’ve lived here and both times I’ve given up because I just couldn’t get the grime off!,” mum Ellie said.

“I took the dishwashing tablet advice and here we are! Clean glimmering oven door!”

So Easy!

Ellie went on to explain how she achieved such sparkling clean results:

“I literally just got the dishwashing tablet, dampened it under the tap for 2 seconds, I had a damp cloth at the ready that I did squish some water out of just to have some water on the glass which seemed to make it easier to scrub having that bit of moisture.

“And I just scrubbed until the tablet wouldn’t do anymore then got a new one.”

Ellie added: “It was incredibly simple and easy to do, just a bit of hard work.”

The mum said that it took her about half an hour to clean the oven door.

She also shared a useful tip for those hard to reach spots:

“There was a particularly stubborn spot in the bottom corner so I found breaking some up using sharper parts of the tablet worked to get it up.”

Elli said that she used about four “plain old Aldi tablets” but you can really use any dishwasher tablet you have at home.

amazing oven cleaning hack
Pic via facebook / Mums who clean


Great Results!

Members of the group were astounded at the results:

“That’s Awsome, well done”

“I did it this week too. It works beautifully”

Others shared their own tips:

“I dissolve the tablet in a cup of boiling water first and use a sponge scourer to clean the glass – barely any scrubbing required and you only need to use one tablet.”

It Works Inside The Oven Too

And what about the inside of the oven?

Another mum had this suggestion:

“You can use it on the inside of the oven too. I made a paste out of a couple of tabs and hot water, spread that on the tougher bits, left for half hour, came back and gently, scrubbed with another tab, wiped clean. It worked really well.”

Other mums have shared their versions of this fabulous oven cleaning hack.

Kate also shared her success using a dishwasher tablet on a grimy oven door. She said that she simply dunked the tablet in water first and then scrubbed the grime away.

Does The Hack Scratch?

But does the tablet scratch the oven door?

Kate reported that “it didn’t scratch at all. I felt it worked best with the dishwashing liquid drizzled over.”

Oven Trays Too

The oven trays can also get the same oven cleaning hack method.

One mum shared that she simply: “soaked my oven trays overnight…in a shallow bath of hotwater, with 2 dishwashing tablets..NO ALFOIL.” In the morning, you just run a scourer over the rungs and the grime just comes away.

oven cleaning hack - can clean the oven trays too
Pic Via Facebook/ Mums Who Clean


Other Appliances

Mums have also reported using dishwashing tablets in their top-loader washing machines.

“Doing the 4 dishwasher tablets in my basic top loader washing machine on very hot water. 5 minutes in and I can see little scummy particles and the water is definitely brownish. Gross but satisfying.”

Brilliant – who doesn’t love a great oven cleaning hack?

Have you tried this oven cleaning hack before? We’d love to know what you think? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Hmm I might have to give this a go. Our oven gets absolutely disgusting and I can’t use oven cleaners.


  • Hmmm odd. Not sure that I will try this


  • Interesting but expensive way to avoid some elbow grease


  • Keen to try this, will have to try but I’m a bit skeptical. People were raving about using a dishwasher tablet to clean the shower screen but it wasn’t a success for us.


  • I hate oven cleaning sprays so will definitely try this hack!


  • Anything’s worth a try. My trouble is baked in stuff on the bottom on the oven. Guess I’ll give this a try there and see how it goes!


  • Great tip. I will give it a try. I usually soak the trays in the bath with nappysan over night. Next day it just falls off


  • I use oven power which you can get from woolies.
    It’s so easy – you basically just soak your trays over night and give them a rinse in the morning!


  • I actually use Ecoworx for my oven. I sprayed it on, waited 2 minutes then just gently scrubbed it off. Took me a total of 5 minutes and it was perfect. No scratches either.


  • I am so excited by this tip. I was going to try the washing machine one today, but will also be looking at the oven tip too.


  • I normally use oven cleaning spray- nasty chemical but it does work quickly with minimal scrubbing.


  • Thanks for sharing. I just do it with bicarb and vinegar. I don’t even have dishwashing tablets at home !


  • Shocked, amazed and brilliant all at the same time


  • Thanks for sharing this tip – will give it a go this weekend.


  • Magic erasers are great too


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