How to Clean a Convection Oven – Main Steps to Follow


Many people across the community have asked how do you clean a convection oven so if you are one of those people – take a quick read through this post which outlines all the main steps that you should follow.

Convection Oven Overview:

Convection ovens are an improvement over conventional ovens as they use forced hot air to circulate in the oven box thereby cook your food quickly and more efficiently. The food is cooked at a lower temperature more evenly and in lesser time. How often should you clean your convection oven?  Is there anything a fixed interval or there are some signs that indicate that it due? Well, the first sign is to look for is general appearance, does it look dirty, are there residue sticking to the bottom, are there grease marks on the glass of the door?

Then there is the smell, which is very noticeable the moment you fire it up. Do you smell burnt grease, is there any smoke? If yes then it is time to clean your oven. I know it is a difficult enough task and seems overwhelming at first, but once you decide to do it, it is easy you should follow the main steps below.

What you need to Clean the Convection Oven:      

  • Rubber dishwashing gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Cleaning sponge
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Scraper
  • Commercial oven cleaning spray (for alternate method)

If you need help with some of these items, then feel free to take a quick look at a small selection of Cleaning Products that can help you by clicking on any of the images provided below…

Steps for Cleaning a Convection Oven

Step 1:

Take out all the racks from your oven. Wash them in warm water in the sink with the dishwasher liquid. Use the brush to remove tough stains. If the racks are dishwasher safe, then you may wash them in the dishwasher. Wipe dry the racks with cloth and leave them to air dry.

Step 2:

Remove any food residue from the bottom and the sides of the oven. If there is a thick layer, remove it with the scraper.

Step 3:

Make some cleaning paste. Mix some baking powder with water in the ration of 3 parts baking soda with one-part water. Spread over this cleaning paste all around the oven insides. Spread this paste on the inside of the glass of the door. Now close the door of the oven and leave it overnight.

Step 4:

Next day, use a damp cleaning cloth or sponge and wipe out the interior of the oven so that the cleaning paste and grime. You may have to rinse the cleaning cloth or sponge many times with water to remove the grime from the cleaning cloth or sponge. If there is some grime still sticking to the surface of the oven then use the scraper to remove it. Wipe clean with cleaning cloth or sponge.

Step 5:

Now in the spray bottle mix one-part vinegar and one part water. Shake well. Spray this liquid in the inside of the oven. Spray on the inside of the door glass and then wipe clean with a dry cloth.

Step 6:

Let the oven air dry for a half an hour then replace the racks in the oven. Now your oven is cleaned and ready for use.

An Alternate Method using Commercial Oven Cleaner:

Step 1:

Take all possible precautions as the commercial oven cleaner contains highly toxic chemicals which may be dangerous to you and your children and pets. Wear rubber gloves and safety eye protection glasses.

Step 2:

Remove all racks and wash them in the sink using warm water with dishwashing liquid. Wipe them dry with a cotton cloth.

Step 3:

Spray the over cleaner liberally in the entire inside of the oven. Give an extra coat where you find bigger buildup of crud and food residues.

Step 4:

Close the door of the oven and let it sit for 30 minutes. During this time the strong chemical would have dissolved the hardiest of accumulated food residues and crud.

Step 5:

Wipe out the oven with a cotton rag completely, so that both the crud and oven cleaner is removed from the oven.  Give a final wipe to remove the last traces of cleaning chemicals with a fresh cloth. Throw away the cotton rags and cloth. Now your oven is ready for next use.


Also, while you are here - feel free to view larger or take a closer look at popular Convection Oven models by clicking on any of the images provided below…


Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of cleaning a Convection Oven by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that other people in the community can learn also!!!


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