One of the worst parts of a spring clean, in my honest opinion, is cleaning your oven – I dread the thought of it every time it comes around.
Even if I only need to clean the oven once a year, it is absolutely all I could ever tolerate. I often found myself asking my friend; “how do I clean my an oven naturally?”
And over the years, I have learned the best ways on how to clean my oven without chemicals, and there seems to be one good way of doing so.
That seems to be using a mixture of baking soda + vinegar, rather than using chemicals or using the auto-clean feature pre-installed with your oven.
So, without further ado, let me tell you how to clean an oven with baking soda and vinegar.
How to Clean your Oven using Baking Soda + Vinegar Combo
Although you and I as well as everybody else who dreads the thought of cleaning their oven, believe that it can take endless hours of scrubbing – it really doesn’t.
It does take some time for the baking soda mixture to settle, but it is all worth it in the end.
The best part about this method beyond the time it takes us to clean the oven, is the fact that you will have everything you need in the cupboards of your kitchen, allowing you to get started right after reading my step by step guide.
Things you’ll need;
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Damp cloth
- Rubber gloves
- Empty Your Oven
Remove trays, racks, or anything else that you have stored in your oven.
- Make your paste
In a small-ish mixing bowl, add a cup of baking soda with a teaspoon or so of water. This formula needs to be spreadable, sp please keep adding water till you get the desired texture.
- Add the paste to the oven
Now that you’ve got your paste ready, you’re going to want to spread it inside your oven, staying clear of the heating elements which are generally found at the top of the oven.
Every time I do this, I usually apply the paste with my hands (whilst wearing gloves of course) as it allows me to get into the hard to reach places which may go uncoated if I were to use some sort of cleaning tool.
Don’t worry too much about having the same consistency across the entire oven, just make sure everything is covered; especially the very greasy areas.
- Leave it to sit overnight
Once you’ve thoroughly covered the inside of your oven with baking soda paste, you’re going to want to leave it for at least 12 hours.
Personally, I always left it overnight just to be sure the homemade paste can work its magic.
- Wipe the oven clean
Now that 12 hours have passed, you’re going to want to take a damp cloth and wipe away as much of the dried baking soda paste as you possibly can.
Some of my friends who I’ve recommended this method to use some sort of spatula to help them get into the hard to reach places.
I personally have never needed another tool to help me clean, but it’s at least something to keep in mind when you come to clean your own oven.
- Spray some vinegar.
Next, you’re going to want to grab the spray bottle I recommended in the beginning, and add a little bit of white vinegar to it – spraying everywhere where you can still see baking soda.
- Give it a final wipe down
Grab your damp cloth once again and wipe away the remaining foamy areas, which should have formed thanks to the mixture of vinegar-baking soda in your oven.
If you still see baking soda residue, feel free to spray vinegar once again.
Doing so as many times as needed to make sure your oven is all shiny and clean.
- Replace everything
Add back your oven racks and anything else that sits in your oven; and you’re all done!
Congratulations, you now have a sparkly clean oven that has been naturally cleaned with ingredients that have been found in your home!
Alternative ways to clean your oven
Since you now know how to clean an oven with vinegar + baking soda, I want to highlight some of the other methods you can use, but ones that I don’t necessarily recommend.
Keep in mind that I have used these methods before, and It will become clear to you why I stick with my baking soda and vinegar method after trying them…
You COULD clean your oven with harsh chemicals…
That’s right, instead of using natural materials as I recommend in my step by step guide, you could instead use harsh chemicals to clean all of the muck and grime left by months and months of using your oven without cleaning.
The problem with using these chemicals is that they can be very expensive, they may also ruin your oven and the chemicals are not great for you if you breathe them in.
But if you just forgot about those very negatives for a moment, then you are more than welcome to go ahead and clean your oven with chemicals that will harm both you and your oven.
You COULD clean your oven with the self-clean option…
Not many people know this, but most ovens come with a self-cleaning option and this supposedly makes the oven cleaning time so much easier.
HINT: The keyword here is ‘supposedly’.
What this auto cleaning actually does is, once activated, it heats up your oven to a point where anything that is left inside is burnt to a crisp.
Allowing you to very easily wipe away what’s left inside afterward.
From my own experience, it sort of works, the only problem is that as soon as you open up the oven, your smoke detectors start to go off.
Which isn’t very helpful.
And once I removed all of the burnt remaining inside the over, it appeared to me that there was more damage done than anything else.
Ultimately, a waste of time.
There are many ways you can clean your oven, ways which will make the entire process much easier and perhaps even enjoyable – okay I won’t push it.
There are also ways that may damage your oven as well as the surrounding area.
But in my opinion, as you’ve seen throughout this article, there is only one winning and that is cleaning your oven with baking soda and vinegar, which will allow you to give it a natural clean.
Ensuring it stays spotless and allowing you to preserve one of the most important parts of your kitchen.