Is there a chore you hate to do and always postpone? I have one, and here I am sharing it with you: Cleaning the oven. I find it tough, tiresome and disgusting. It’s a task that involves the use of harmful cleaning products. Or that’s what I used to think. Let alone the muscles needed to rub with a scouring pad all that stuck-on dirt.
Cleaning the oven and the oven’s door is essential for both the excellent condition of the oven and your own health, either you have a large or mini oven. A greasy oven will stop working efficiently at some point, or even have racks that won’t slide easily. Plus food residues are full of germs and bacteria that pass to your meals every time you cook and finally affect your health. What a disgusting fact! However, it’s something that should be done regularly, if you don’t want to restrain your cooking talents from shining.
As time-consuming and challenging task as it might sound, fortunately, there are solutions to help make it easier. There is a plethora of commercial oven cleaners or self-cleaning function ovens, but these are not something that we’d recommend. There are healthier, DIY methods to make your oven sparkle, using natural cleaning alternatives. And here’s how you can do it, as I did!
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How to clean your oven with baking soda
The steps are easy and simple, no need to hide that. There might be a need for some elbow grease from your part, but at last, your oven will come off clean and shiny.
Here’s what you need:
- ½ cup of baking soda
- A few tablespoons of water
- Rubber gloves
- A damp cloth
- A plastic or silicone spatula
- A spray bottle
- White vinegar
Before starting cleaning your super crazy gross oven, you need to empty it. Remove the oven racks, your pizza stone, or anything else you might be keeping inside your oven. Afterwards, scrape out the loose build-up food particles and remove cramps and chunks from inside your oven.
Now you’re ready to start the oven cleaning process:
- Mix baking soda and water. Stir it until you form a paste.
- Spread the baking soda paste all over the oven’s inside surfaces. Insist on the bottom of the oven and on nooks and crannies, where usually are burnt-on stains. Pay extra attention to greasy areas. You may need to spread more paste on them.
- Let the spreadable paste sit for at least 12 hours. Ideally, you can leave it overnight.
- After 12 hours or the next morning, get a damp cloth and wipe the spreadable paste out of the oven. You can also use a spatula to scrape off any paste stuck.
- Then fill the bottle with vinegar. Spritz all over the oven, insisting on the spots where there is any baking soda residue. Vinegar contacting baking soda will create foam, so don’t panic.
- It’s time for the final wipe down. Get the cloth again and remove the remaining foamy vinegar-baking soda mixture. Keep doing the same until there’s no residue left.
Extra tip: Add more water and vinegar to the spray bottle and keep wiping until you get a clean and shiny oven.
WARNING: Avoid applying the paste on the heating elements on the roof. You better read the manufacturer’s guidelines first to check which part you can safely clean.
How to clean oven racks with baking soda
Oven racks can have the same grime as the rest oven. There are plenty of homemade cleaning tips and natural cleaners to clean oven racks as well. We believe, though, that baking soda is the most effective.
You’re going to need:
- 3 parts of baking soda
- 1 part of hot water
- Dish soap
- ½ cup of salt
- White vinegar
Simply follow the below steps now:
- Mix the soda to water until you get a paste
- Add dish soap and salt into the paste.
- Cover the racks with the mixture and let it work overnight.
- The next morning rinse them with hot water.
- Spray vinegar on them to remove any residue left.
How to clean oven door with baking soda
Cleaning the oven doesn’t only include the inside of the oven and the racks. You have to clean the oven glass door too.
After many uses of the oven and having a long time to clean it, eventually, the door gets dirty. And this is the time you have to give it a proper cleaning.
You’re going to need the same natural ingredients (rather than harsh chemicals) you used to clean the inside of your oven and a glass cleaner.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- ½ cup of baking soda
- Warm water
- A small bowl
- Microfibre cloths (x3)
- A razor blade
- Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the bowl and slowly add warm water until you form a paste.
- Wipe any grime off the door using a damp cloth.
- Spread the baking paste on the oven window.
- Let it work for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Damp a second clean cloth and wipe the paste.
- Use a blade to scrape any burnt-on streaks away.
- Use the third dry cloth to buff the oven glass.
And don’t forget to clean the outside oven window. It’s the easiest part. Just get some paper towels and your glass cleaner and down the way you do with all your glass surfaces. So simple!
Tips for maintaining your oven clean
The truth is, the longer you put off your oven’s cleaning, the worse it’ll get. That’s why we’ve found some tips that will help you keep it clean with the least elbow grease needed.
- Wipe splatters immediately. Every time there’s spoil or food splatter wipe it right away. Soapy water and a clean cloth can get the job done. If you don’t clean them, they’ll get burnt-on, becoming harder to remove afterwards and end up giving your oven a nasty, unpleasant smell.
- Cover your food. Another useful tip for maintaining your oven clean is to cover your food while baking. There are roasting bags you can use for meat, fish or vegetables. Using these bags will minimise splattering and spills and will make your food more tasteful by locking all its flavours.
- Give a quick clean. After every baking, and as long as the oven has cooled down, wipe it. Keep a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar or lemon juice and water in a spray bottle. So, when you are done cooking, spritz some of this mix to all the interior surfaces of the oven, plus the inside of the oven door, and with some paper towels or a dry microfibre cloth, wipe down. This will eliminate dirt and grime.
No matter how careful you are while baking or whether following the above tips or not, your oven will still need a thorough cleaning. And that should be included in your monthly cleaning task. So, no matter the use, give your oven a deep cleaning once a month. Making the oven’s cleaning a monthly routine, you’ll keep it in good condition for a long, long time.
It’s rather challenging to clean it the first time, but with patience and your cleaning routine, you will have spectacular results. Bear in mind that it isn’t something you have to do every day to keep the interior of the oven out of food splatters and burnt-on cramps. Just follow the tips we’ve shared with you and always make sure that baking soda has a place in your cabinets. Next stop, learn how to disinfect your oven after a mice intrusion.
After all, a clean oven makes delicious meals! Right?