Using Oven Cleaner on Kitchen Countertops

The Short Answer

For those of you who do not want to read the entire article, this section is for you. Using oven cleaner on kitchen countertops is a BAD idea and you should never do it. I experimented with it and it completely discolored my countertops. Unless you are willing to pay for completely new countertops, avoid this completely.

What is Oven Cleaner on Why Would I Be Using it on Kitchen Countertops?

Clearly, oven cleaner is a cleaner meant for ovens (not to be sarcastic). Often people try this approach because they have extremely dirty countertops and need to get them cleaned fast. They may not have any chemicals at all, or may have chemicals that are not sufficient or strong enough to deal with the current mess. Either way, it can be frustrating when you need to clean the home and aren’t really in the mood to drive to a hardware store to pick up the cleaner that you need. With any type of countertops, you have to be careful which type of cleaner you use on it. Using the wrong one can have dire and expensive consequences. You do not want to replace your countertops, especially if you have granite, marble, or some other expensive stone like what I have.


Using Oven Cleaner on Kitchen Countertops?

I have wondered what would happen if I were to try using oven cleaner on kitchen countertops in the past. Many people have wondered the same thing. Rather than simply looking it up, we decided to do an experiment ourselves to see what happened. It turns out that oven cleaner on kitchen countertops can damage them badly. Oven Cleaner has many harsh chemicals in them which can damage your countertops. It doesn’t matter if you have granite, quartz, or old vinyl countertops. If you try doing this it can and will hurt your counters.

So What Happened When I Tried It?

I tried it on a small portion of our vinyl countertops. It was not a product designed to be used on countertops, it was clearly meant for the oven. I cleaned it the same way I would with any other cleaner, and the counters started changing colors. No, I’m not joking. The countertops literally were stained and it may be permanent. After experiencing this clear issue, I decided to do some research.

Here is what I learned:

  • It can cause different issues depending on what type of countertops you have.
  • Harsh chemicals should not be used on polished stone countertops
  • You are better off going to Home Depot and purchasing countertop cleaner
  • You can also use baking soda or vinegar which would be much better for your counters.


Your countertops are precious and extremely expensive. It may be tempting to use products that are not meant for countertops, but it is not worth the risk. Any products you use outside of their original purpose can be risky. When you are dealing with some expensive home items, it is definitely best for you to play it safe.

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