How to clean an oven with ammonia

How to clean an oven with ammonia

Ammonia is a colorless hydrogen and nitrogen compound gas with a characteristic of pungent smell, while household ammonia for cleaning is a 5 to 10 % concentration by weight solution of ammonia in water and is used as a general-purpose cleaner for many surfaces. Because ammonia results in a relatively streak-free shine, it is satisfactorily used in to clean glass, porcelain and stainless steel, the body part of the oven. So it is frequently used for cleaning ovens and soaking items to loosen baked-on grime.


All we need with us in this cleaning process is:

  • Household liquid ammonia of 5 to 10% ammonia gas concentration
  • Adequate Water
  • Two oven proof bowl or two baking dish
  • Hand gloves or rubber gloves
  • Safety glass mask for prevention of spray injury
  • Air mask for prevention of spray chemical inhaling
  • A sponge or cleaning cloth
  • A flat-edged scraper or spatula
  • Hard bristle brush
  • Old newspaper or towel
  • Paper towels
  • Bucket or bowl
  • Vacuum cleaner (optional)

Now we will use this marvel to clean oven with minimum effort and maximum satisfaction. This cleaning process is webbed with few interrelated steps discussed below,

How to clean an oven with ammonia 1

Heat your oven to 150 degrees F (65.5 C) and turn it off 

Ammonia is a powerful natural cleanser that can help to loosen and remove grease from your oven. Start by heating your oven to 150 degrees F (65.5 C) and then turn off the heat. If you have a gas oven then turn off the gas and the pilot light, of course, this is a warning.

Place hot water (in one dish) and ammonia (in another) in your oven

In a separate oven or stove heat some water to boiling and then place it in a baking dish and set the dish on the bottom rack of your oven. Now add ½ to 1 cup (120-240 ml) of ammonia to another oven-safe bowl or baking dish and place this on the top rack and beneath the boiled water is on the bottom rack.

How to clean an oven with ammonia 2


Leave the baking dishes in your oven overnight 

Close the oven door and allow the ammonia and water to sit on your oven overnight (or for at least 8 hours). By the morning or after the long break whenever you woke up and open the oven door you will notice with pleasure that all the grease and grime is being loosened but you may face some pungent odor.

Remove the baking dishes and let the oven air out for 15 minutes. In the morning, remove the baking dishes but don’t put away the ammonia rather reserve it for further usage.  Dislodge your oven racks from your oven and leave the oven door open for 15 minutes and open all the ventilation of the kitchen room, as a result, the oven can air out.

Wipe and Scrub the oven with ammonia and dish soap

Add 1-2 teaspoons (4.9-9.8 ml) of dish soap and 1 cup (240 ml) of ammonia that you have reserved, to 1 quart (0.94 liters) of hot water. Use this liquid to scrub your oven interior with a sponge for general purpose and a scouring pad for intense rubbing and cleaning to sticky stains. You will find the grease and grime coming off easily, even old burned-on grease should wipe right off.

Now get the cooked-on grime off your oven racks by laying them out on an old towel in a large washtub if it fits there unless you can also use your bathtub, though you might need to clean it afterward. Fill the tub with warm water and add 1/2 cup ammonia. Let the racks soak for at least 15 minutes, then remove it from the soaking, rinse off, and wipe clean.

Rinse off the solution

Fill a container with warm water and rinse off your sponge. Using your sponge and the clean water wipe down the interior of your oven thoroughly to remove any traces of ammonia and dish soap. When you are finished, return the oven racks to its position. Now your oven cleaning is all over, it’s smiling you back with its tidy, shiny gesture.

Oven deodorizing

Ammonia has a pungent odor that is not comfortable for many. You may think of deodorizing it with any commercial oven deodorizer or you may take kitchen deodorizing hack. If you don’t prefer any deodorizing scent into the oven first left the oven door open in a well ventilate kitchen with the kitchen door and window open and let the smell off. But if you wish to put some natural deodorizer you may put lemon water to bake inside your oven for 5 minutes or may bake vanilla extract with water at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degree Celsius and bake for an hour or use different citrus capsule and bake with the same temperature for 30 minutes. If you just want to neutralize the cleaning smell you may use a small bowl half-filled with 1:2 vinegar-water mixture and let it rest for a while to overpower the prevailing smell. Or you can fill a bowl halfway with water and add 1 tsp of baking soda into it, make it sure to empty the bowl half to give enough room for the baking soda to fizz up.

Tips, tricks and safety advice

1.      When working with ammonia always work with caution since it is caustic and subsequently hazardous.

2.     Put hand gloves and safety glasses when dealing ammonia.

3.     After preheating oven make sure to switch it off and in case of gas oven switch off the pilot light with caution before let it rest overnight.

4.     Keep children and pets away while cleaning.

5.     Store the ammonia to somewhere safe from children and pets.

6.     If you use your oven too frequently then set a reminder to clean it monthly, but if you use

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