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8 best oven cleaners, tried and tested by experts

No matter how grimy your oven is to begin with, these top-rated cleaning products will leave it spotless

Tamara Hinson
Friday 19 May 2023 16:57 BST
<p>We tested popular oven cleaners side by side to compare the results </p>

We tested popular oven cleaners side by side to compare the results

Let’s face it, not many of us look forward to cleaning our oven – but it is a chore that must be done. Luckily for us, these days it’s a lot easier.

Nowadays, oven cleaning products have better formulations, are easier to apply and contain less toxic chemicals – although with products like these, tough chemicals are hard to avoid.

A key thing to look at with cleaning products, is the strong, chemical-infused scent. It is important to remember that you should always ensure there’s good ventilation whenever you’re cleaning an oven and gloves should always be worn, too.

Like with many things on the market, unless you’ve got a degree in biochemistry, choosing the best oven cleaner can be a bit overwhelming – which is why we’ve swooped to the rescue to work out which ones are worth your hard-earned cash.

Our ovens are now squeaky clean, with the amount of scrubbing that’s been done – so rest assured, we’ve narrowed down the best products for you. If you’re looking to get your Mrs Hinch on, have a read through our reviews below.

How we tested

Our testing was incredibly thorough. We’re not for one second saying our test oven is dirty, but put it this way: we definitely had a decent range of stains on which to try the cleaners.

We evaluated their performance in a number of ways, including with the use of before and after pictures, and by applying the cleaners to side-by-side patches which allowed us to compare their ability to tackle grime.

The holy grail? A cleaner that cut through grease, grime and baked-on fat, but which didn’t smell like something which required a biohazard suit. And, simply because nobody’s idea of a good time is an oven cleaning session, the option to leave on the cleaner for longer periods of time (ideally overnight) to ensure stubborn stains were thoroughly blitzed.

The verdict: Oven cleaners

The Astonish specialist oven and grill cleaner and sponge was a great oven cleaner that blitzed built-up grime without the need for skin-singeing chemicals, although the Oven Mate oven cleaning kit – a brilliant triple-whammy of oven cleaning brilliance – bagged second place. And our oven cleaning appointment with Mr Muscle proves that this fantastic cleaner will still effortlessly blast oven-related grime into oblivion.

Planning on cleaning your kitchen but protecting the planet? Here’s our favourite eco-friendly cleaning products


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