How to clean your oven in less than 5 minutes

It's probably the most neglected part of the kitchen.
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It’s easy to turn a blind eye to a dirty oven. It can be tempting to simply shut the door and deal with all the baked on gunk, oil splatters and odours next time, but cleaning guru Shannon Lush says there’s no excuse to put off what she refers to as a five-minute job. 

“It takes me four and a half minutes to clean the stove, and that includes the oven,” she says. 

The key is to prevent food and grime building up in the oven over a long period of time by giving the appliance a once-over every time you use it. If your oven is currently in a questionable state, consider giving it a deep clean by getting the oven racks sparkling clean and tackling the greasy oven window. And if you really dread cleaning the oven, consider investing in an air-fryer or a self-cleaning oven instead! 

Then maintain a clean oven by following Lush’s method for daily oven grime below.

Coastal kithen with wall ovens
(Photography: Louise Roche | Styling: Kylie Jackes)

What you’ll need

  • Bi-carb soda
  • White vinegar
  • Pantyhose 


“Make sure the oven and stove are cold, take out all your racks and shelves, then sprinkle bicarb soda across the oven,” she said.

“Next, sprinkle with white vinegar. As soon as the bicarb soda fizzes, rub it with a rolled up pair of pantyhose. It cuts through the muck so fast.

Hamptons style kitchen with black freestanding oven
(Photography: John Downs | Styling: Kylie Jackes)

“All you have to do is wipe it with a damp sponge afterwards. Just pop a mirror in the bottom of the oven so you can see the oven ceiling without having to stick your head upside down.”

When it comes to a good cleaning cloth, Lush is a big advocate using pantyhose. She says they work just as well as a microfibre cloth and for a fraction of the cost.

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