Over time the oven can accumulate a significant amount of grime from splatters or drips. Since our dishwasher tablets do such a great job on the dishes, we wondered how they’d work at cleaning away baked-on oven grime.
My oven has a “self-clean” option. I’ve used it… only to discover that I was supposed to completely remove the oven racks, including the bottom rack which has a built-in slide-out feature.
To remove that rack, one has to actually unscrew the hinges from the door itself. Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware that I needed to remove the racks and in the process of “self-cleaning” the racks inside actually burned a bit.
This left a significant amount of burnt material on the glass of the door. I tried scrubbing it off using baking soda, it failed miserably. I also tried bar keepers friend cleanser, again, it failed.
How To Clean Your Oven With A Dishwasher Tablet
In order to clean your oven, you’ll need some rubber gloves, a dishwasher tablet, a small container of hot water, and a few paper towels.
First, break down the dish tablet in a bit of hot water.
I used a Finish Gel Tab and simply flipped it around in the water until the edges dissolved.
Once the packet began to break open, I used gloved fingers to spread it evenly over the door.
Continue spreading the cleanser until the area is completely coated.
Next, wet some paper towels with hot water, wring them out and place them on top of the treated area. This helps prevent the cleaner from drying out before it has a chance to work properly. Set a timer for fifteen minutes and walk away.
Go do something else, finish the dishes, vacuum the floor, sit in a chair, and enjoy a mug of coffee and a couple of chocolate bon-bons. We don’t what you do, but you’ll want to let the cleaner work its magic without you sticking your fingers in the middle of it every five minutes.
When the timer goes off, grab a dampened warm cloth and wash away the detergent residue. I used a sponge with a non-abrasive scrubby on the backside of it for the tougher areas. Be sure to wipe away all of the soapy residue using a clean cloth and warm water.
Here are the results after fifteen minutes, without scrubbing or effort:
In the future, I’ll be sure to remove the oven racks prior to using the self-clean option, lesson learned!!
Dishwasher Tablet Oven Cleaning Directions
Dishwasher tablet, we used a gel Finish Tab
Paper towels or lint-free cloth
- Dissolve the tablet in a small dish containing hot water.
- Wearing gloves, apply an even coating of the mixture on the oven door.
- Wet paper towels with hot water, wring gently and cover the treated area to help keep it moist.
- Set a timer for 15 minutes. Once the timer completes, wipe away the residue and rinse gently with warm water and a clean cloth.
- Enjoy your like-new oven!