We updated this article in September 2022 to add more information about each product, added a new pick for oven windows, more information about how we test oven cleaners and answers to frequently asked questions.
If your oven isn’t self-cleaning, tackling it can be one of the toughest chores in the kitchen, especially if you haven’t been wiping up spills immediately. However, the right oven cleaner can make this task effortless.
At the Good Housekeeping Institute we test hundreds of cleaning products each year, putting together guides for the best stainless steel cleaners, grill cleaners, oven cleaners and more, to tackle all of your cooking messes. Many oven cleaners also double as grill cleaners so we test them by applying layers of barbecue sauce onto oven and grill grates and allowing it to burn. Then, we evaluate how quickly, thoroughly and easily it cleans and how neat or messy each cleaning product is to use. We also assess the label for completeness of the directions and any required safety precautions based on the ingredients.
Our top picks:
Take note: Most appliance manufacturers do not recommend using oven cleaners to clean your self-cleaning oven — doing so can damage the interior or even void your appliance’s warranty. Even if the oven cleaner label says it’s safe to use, it’s always best to follow your oven manufacturer’s recommendations. Instead, use a wet sponge to wipe up spills as soon as they happen (and make sure your oven is at a safe temperature to reach inside) to minimize the messes your self-cleaning oven will have to clean up later. A sprinkle of baking soda — which is safe to use on self-cleaning oven interiors — can help loosen stuck-on deposits.
You can read more about our expert picked oven cleaners, how we test oven cleaners and more below. You might also be interested in our guides for how to clean your oven, how to clean your toaster oven or how to clean your microwave oven and the best grill cleaners.