If you’re looking for a safe and simple way to thoroughly clean your oven without using any harsh chemicals and store-bought oven cleaning solutions, then baking soda is the way to go. All you need to do is follow our simple step by step guide and learn how to properly clean your oven using only baking soda, vinegar and good old elbow grease!
Baking soda and vinegar are both natural products, yet they do a fantastic job at cleaning stubborn stains and built-up grime off a crusted-up oven. They do so without releasing any toxic fumes or leaving any harmful chemicals lingering behind which can get into your food the next time you use your oven.
One cup of baking soda
½ cup of water
Empty spray bottle
A dishcloth or a few clean rags
Scrubbing brush and a sponge
Since these are all items you’d usually have in your kitchen, or you may get at your nearest store, let’s start going over the cleaning process right away, so you can get your oven clean and in pristine condition in no time.
Mix one cup of baking soda in with ½ cup of water, adding more water if necessary, so that you can achieve the desired consistency. Once you have your paste ready, it’s time to put on your rubber gloves and get to work.
Remove the oven racks and let them soak in warm, soapy water. Remove the oven thermometer, pizza stone and anything else you might be keeping in your oven and set all items on the side. Scrape off and remove any loose build-up, such as burnt food waste and loose matter so you can have a clean surface to work on.
Apply the baking soda mixture, covering the interior surfaces of your oven, avoiding the heating elements. Spread the paste equally by hand, or using a silicone spatula or a brush. Steer clear of the heating elements of your oven. Coat the entire oven, paying extra attention to particularly greasy and grimy areas.
Use your sponge to wipe down the entire oven with the paste, making sure you’re saturating the spots that you want to pay closer attention to. The dirtier, stickier spots will need bigger saturation of the paste in order to successfully break them down. Don’t be shy to use your brush or sponge to scrub certain areas that need more attention.
Allow the mixture to do its magic by letting it sit for a couple of hours or even overnight if you want to achieve the best results.
In the meantime, you can scrub down the oven racks which were soaking for at least 30 minutes up to an hour and wipe them down.
Once enough time has passed, you can use a damp cloth or a silicone spatula to get rid of as much of the dried paste as possible, scraping it off where necessary. Don’t worry about any leftover paste that you couldn’t get off since the vinegar will be able to take care of that.
Once you’ve removed as much of the baking soda paste you could, you can start spraying the interior surfaces of your oven with vinegar and let it react with the remaining baking soda paste and create a foam. Use your sponge to scrub the more stubborn stains that have been accumulating over time. This process will require some elbow grease, but you will start to see amazing results as you start wiping down each part of the interior. All the stuck-on grease and grime will start to come off, and you’ll start noticing amazing results right away.
Once you’re finished scrubbing everything down, you can go ahead and wipe your oven clean. Use a damp cloth or a rag to wipe off the baking soda-vinegar mixture, until there’s no more residue left. If there’s still some residue left, spray more vinegar onto those spots and wipe down the entire area once again. Continue to wipe until the entire oven is clean.
Put your oven racks and other items, such as your thermometer back in your oven, and your oven will be ready for use.
If you’re not completely satisfied with the results, you can repeat the entire process one more time, making sure you saturate your oven a little bit more this time and let it sit for a longer period of time, allowing the paste to react better. This way, you can make sure you get the perfect results, all without using any harmful, toxic chemicals or cleaning products.