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How to clean an oven

Updated on December 2, 2014
How to clean an oven
How to clean an oven

What you will need

To clean your oven efficiently, and naturally, without the need of chemicals that will literally stink up the house and cause your eye brows to fall off, you will need the following;

  • Water
  • A Bowl
  • Spray-bottle (or a cup)
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • A rag (that you don't mind getting dirty)
  • and some good old fashioned elbow grease!

How to clean an oven with baking soda and vinegar
How to clean an oven with baking soda and vinegar

Step One

Open your oven and remove everything from inside of it, such as the oven racks, or pots and pans that might have been forgotten about.

Step Two

Now you will need to grab your baking soda, in a small or medium sized bowl, mix about 1/2 of a cup of baking soda with just a few table spoons of water and stir, turn it into a somewhat thick, but spreadable paste.

How to clean an oven
How to clean an oven

Step Three

Now you will need to spread the freshly mixed baking soda paste all over the inside of your oven, be sure you do not coat the heating components inside your oven. Make sure you really get into the nooks and crannies and coat the baked on old food.

The baking soda will turn brown in color as you proceed to rub it in, this is normal. Just make sure you coat the entire oven as best as you can, especially the greasy and crusty areas.

Step Four

Now, you will need to let this sit overnight, which will allow the baking soda mixture to penetrate into the grease and the baked on food. If you can't wait overnight, try to let it sit for at least 10-12 hours. While you are waiting, you can always proceed to cleaning your oven racks or old pots and pans that you had just removed from your oven.

How to clean an oven with baking soda and vinegar
How to clean an oven with baking soda and vinegar

Step Five

After you have waited the 10-12 hours, or overnight, you are now ready to begin wiping down the inside of your oven. Grab a damp cloth or rag from somewhere in your kitchen (preferably something you don't mind getting dirty). Use this rag to wipe off as much of the baking soda compound out of the oven as you can.

Step Six

Here is where the Vinegar comes into play. Place some Vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray it inside of the oven, wherever you can still see the baking soda compound. The Vinegar will then react to the baking soda and begin to foam a little, but don't panic, this is normal. (Chemistry is fun huh!?)

How to clean an oven
How to clean an oven

Step Seven

Now, take the damp cloth you just tossed aside a few minutes ago before you grabbed the spray bottle, and use this to wipe off the rest of the foaming baking soda compound out of your oven. Repeat this step until you get all of the baking soda compound out of your soon-to-be perfectly clean oven. Feel free to add more Vinegar or water to your cloth or bottle as you see fit, especially if you are tackling an oven that has not been cleaned since you moved in.

You are all done!

Now you are all set! You now have a nice and clean, ready to use oven. All you have to do now is put the oven racks back in, assuming you cleaned them earlier!


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