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How to Clean Your Oven with Baking Soda and Vinegar

How to Clean Your Oven with Baking Soda and Vinegar

When was the last time you cleaned your oven?

It’s one of your home’s most difficult appliances to clean. We don’t blame you for shutting that oven door as quickly as possible after cooking to hide that black gunk from the world.

We’re here to help.

Why Should I Use Natural Cleaning Products?

For years, we’ve been led to believe that the best way to clean is by using toxic chemicals. However, oven cleaners may cause damage to your skin, eyes and respiratory system if not used correctly. Here are some of the more common ingredients in oven cleaners.

Diethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether: Irritates skin and eyes and may be toxic by ingestion.

Butane: This propellant is mostly found in cigarette lighters and inhalation can cause drowsiness, asphyxia and cardiac arrhythmia.

Sodium Hydroxide: It may cause irritation to the eyes and skin, allergic reactions and eye and skin burns.

Monoethanolamine (MEA): Monoethanolamine can cause eye and skin burns. Prolonged or widespread skin contact may result in the absorption of potentially harmful amounts.

Wouldn’t you prefer a natural method that works just as well?

This method is best if you haven’t given your oven a decent clean in a while (much like mine, as you can see!).

How to Clean Your Oven in 6 Steps

You should already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen.

Here is what you need:

1/4 cup liquid
dish detergent

1 cup baking soda

1/4 cup sea salt

Sponge or cloth

Scouring pad

Spray bottle

White Vinegar

Towel or microfiber cloth

Step 1

Combine the liquid dish detergent, baking soda and salt to make a paste. It should have a toothpaste-like consistency – add water to get it right.

Step 2

Soak the oven racks in a sink with warm water and detergent. Vertically flip the racks halfway through the soaking time and run some fresh water/detergent to make sure all sections are cleaned.

Some methods recommend soaking your racks in your bathtub but I prefer keeping my kitchen and bathroom cleaning as separate as possible.

Step 3

Coat the inside of the oven with the paste and leave for at least a few hours. I just did the bottom of mine as it was particularly dirty. You can leave overnight but it can be hard to find a night when the oven isn’t getting used!

Step 4

Wipe the interior down with your sponge or cloth and some warm water. Scrub until removed - you may need to use a scouring pad for more stubborn grime.

Step 5

Create a 1:2 solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, then spray inside the oven and wipe down. This will help get rid of any paste reside. Make sure you wipe dry with a clean towel.

You can create this mixture earlier in the process and use it to clean the over door while you wait for the paste.

Step 6

Scrub the oven racks with your scouring pad and dry before putting them back!

How Do I Keep My Oven Clean?

Here’s an easy, natural way to maintain that clean oven shine.

  • Every 2 weeks, cut two lemons in half, squeeze the juice into a baking dish and throw the squeezed lemons in there too.
  • Fill the dish about a third of the way with water then pop into the oven, baking it for 30 minutes at 120 degrees Celsius.
  • Let the oven cool and remove the baking dish and set it aside. Use a cloth or sponge to clean out the oven and towel dry once done!

This trick works so well because the natural citric acid and di-limonene from the lemon rind soften the grime for easier cleaning.

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