How To Clean an Oven with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Your oven gets more than just a little messy after every use. Over time, those little splatters stick to the walls and become hard. Not cleaning your oven regularly is a bad idea, because you will end up with a huge mess that will be tough to get rid of.
If you think that using your oven’s self-clean option is the best way to regularly clean it, then you are mistaken. Not only does it take such a long time and make it smell everywhere, you will end up with a lot of smoke and you will still have to scrub it afterward especially when the auto-clean didn’t work. Besides, if you want to be sure that it is clean up to your standards, there is no other way than to do it yourself.
Most people tend to reach for their stack of cleaning liquids for such a project, but take note that these contain harsh chemicals that you would not want to use on your oven especially if you want to use it to cook your food in the future. Would you really want traces of these chemicals landing on your food the next time you bake? Fortunately, there are safer cleaning ingredients you can use, and you most likely have them already at home.
It is possible to use natural ingredients to make your oven shine like new again. Vinegar and baking soda are actually capable of loosening those hardened crust-like, sticky grime off of your oven. Moreover, they have natural cleaning and disinfecting properties so you know it is safe to put your food there again. It might require a little bit of elbow grease as well, but if you make it a habit to clean your oven more regularly and before the grime becomes to really harden, you might find the work much easier.
What Do You Need
To clean your oven, here are the things you will need:
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Rubber Cleaning Gloves
- Dish Cloth
- Plastic Spatula
- Spray Bottle
- Clear the Oven
The first thing you want to do is to remove all the racks and other paraphernalia from the oven. If they are dirty as well, you can clean them separately. However, you need to clear the oven so you can scrub it well later on.
- Prepare the Paste
You will first create a baking soda paste by mixing half a cup of baking soda and about 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Add more baking soda if it is too runny or add more water if it is too thick. You will need a paste-like consistency that you can spread into your oven.
- Apply the Paste
Put on your gloves (or not, if you prefer) and spread this paste on the interior walls and surfaces of the oven, making sure to avoid all of the heating elements. You will notice the paste turning brown while you are rubbing it in, and this is normal. Do your best to cover as many of the surfaces as possible, especially areas where there is a buildup of grime or grease.
- Leave It Overnight
Let this baking soda paste sit on your oven to rest for at least half a day or overnight. You can then opt to clean your oven racks or other paraphernalia so that they will be dry and ready by the following day.
- Wipe It Out
After the 12 hours, get a damp dishcloth and then take out the dried baking soda paste. It would be hardened a little by now, so you can use a plastic spatula to help you scrape the harder parts if required. Still, for the hard-to-reach corners of the oven, the spatula can help a lot.
- Spray It with Vinegar
In a spray bottle, put some vinegar and apply on the spots where there is still some of the baking soda paste left.
The vinegar will cause a chemical reaction, making it foam a little bit.
- Wipe Again
Thanks to the vinegar, you can now wipe down the rest of the baking soda residue. Just keep doing so until everything, including the grime, is gone and you have a shiny clean oven again. If needed, use more water or vinegar to remove the stubborn bits.
- Put Everything Back
With your oven and racks clean, it’s time to put everything back. If you prefer, you can air the oven first so that any lingering smells can get aired out.
The work will be easier if your oven is cleaned regularly so that you would not have to wipe down thick layers of dirt and grime. But if it has been years, once you have removed all of that greasy stuff, you can start anew. With this easier technique with natural ingredients, you might find yourself enjoying it and looking forward to doing it regularly.