Harsh chemicals may work to remove grime, but you wouldn’t want the fumes to be circulating in your home.

Utilising harsh chemicals could require wearing a face mask, gloves, and opening the windows during the cold winter months.

It’s much better to use a “safe and simple solution” that can you can make at home, said Jessica Samson, based at The Maids home cleaning service.

“Skip the chemical oven cleaner and use a safe and simple solution that still gives you awesome results,” said Jessica.

“A great homemade oven cleaner is a combination of baking soda and water.”

The baking soda is abrasive thereby loosening baked-on food particles so that can simply be wiped away.

“Make a paste and apply it liberally on the oven’s interior surfaces and give it [at least] 20 minutes to break down the burned food,” said Jessica.

For an extra boost of cleaning power, you can add a bit of vinegar to the baking soda mixture. Simply spray the vinegar on top and allow it to bubble and set for 20 minutes.

You can then easily wipe away the grime with a non-abrasive cleaning pad, followed by a damp microfibre cloth.

For extra ease, you can remove the metal oven racks and let them soak in boiling water and a little bit of dishwasher detergent.

It may take a couple of hours of soaking to get rid of heavily soiled racks, but that only gives you time to do other things in the house.

Once the oven racks have been adequately soaked, you can scrub them with a stiff brush, then rinse and dry, before returning to the cleaned oven.

You can then refresh the smell of your oven by doing the lemon water mixture.

Place sliced lemons in a small oven dish with water, then place in a heated oven (200C) for 20 minutes.

Turn off the oven, let the water cool, then use the lukewarm water to wipe the oven. Dry with a clean microfibre cloth, then you’re left with a clean and fresh-smelling oven.