Tips and Tricks for How to Clean Your Oven Safely
Whether you are just doing your regular spring cleaning or you are preparing your home to put it on the market, cleaning your oven is one of the many chores that needs to be done. It is also one that many people would rather avoid altogether. Fortunately, there is more than one way to clean an oven. You just have to decide which is right for you.
Conventional Oven Cleaning Methods
You might be fortunate enough to have an oven that has a self-cleaning setting, a conventional and effective way to clean your oven. This setting locks the oven and heats it up to 880 degrees Fahrenheit. Yes, that’s very hot. You won’t be able use your over for three to four hours and you’ll have to keep everyone, including your pets, out of your kitchen for the duration of the heating process. Some people don’t find this option appealing.
The other conventional way to clean your oven is with a commercial oven cleaner. This may seem like the easy way to do it, especially if you have ignored the grime building up in your oven for months on end. But these cleaners are toxic for you and the environment. The warning about chemical fumes alone is enough to make you think twice before using it.
The question is if you don’t like either of these options, then how can you clean your oven? What if you knew how to clean your oven without all that heat or the harsh chemicals? Well, we’ve got you covered. What follows is a method for cleaning your oven that will forever be part of your cleaning arsenal.
How to Clean Your Oven Safely and Naturally
What if we told you that you already have everything you need in your kitchen to clean your oven effectively and safely? It’s true! The workhorses of oven cleaning in this case are baking soda and vinegar. These wonder substances are powerful, especially when used together.
In addition to the baking soda and vinegar, you’ll need the following:
- A spray bottle
- A damp, non-abrasive cloth or sponge
- Rubber gloves
This seems like such a simple list of items to clean something so grungy, but it works. And here’s how to do it.
Steps to Cleaning Your Oven
What follows is a step-by-step process for cleaning your oven safely with baking soda and vinegar.
1. Make sure your oven is turned off and completely cooled down
This seems obvious, but still needs to be stated. You don’t want to touch the inside of your oven until it has cooled to room temperature.
2. Make a paste with baking soda and water
Use ½ cup of baking soda and just enough water to make a paste. If you need more, feel free to make as much as you need to get the job done.
3. Clean your oven racks first
Take out your oven racks and lay them on a towel in your bathtub (you don’t want them to scratch your tub). You can cover the racks with hot water and add laundry detergent. Let sit for 6 to 10 hours, then sponge clean. Use an old toothbrush for hard-to-reach places.
You can also use your baking soda paste to clean the racks. This will get the cleaning done quicker, but it will require more elbow grease to scrub them clean.
4. Cover your oven in paste
Spread the baking soda paste all over the inside surface of your oven. You want to be sure the paste coats everything, even the glass part of the door. Wear rubber gloves if you feel the need and don’t worry if the paste turns brown—it’s supposed to.
5. Let it sit
You want to let the baking soda paste sit for at least 20 minutes, but the longer it sits, the better. The ideal is to leave it overnight, especially if your oven is particularly grungy.
6. Spray with vinegar
Put vinegar in your spray bottle and spray the entire surface of the oven before you wipe out the baking soda paste. The vinegar will react with the baking soda, and it will foam vigorously. This is exactly what you want because it will help loosen any stuck-on grime that hasn’t been worked off by the baking soda paste.
7. Wipe down the oven
Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe the interior of the oven. You may need to wipe the oven down a couple of times to get the last bits of backing soda from every nook and cranny.
8. Put the oven racks back into place
Put your oven racks back in and voila! You will have a sparkling clean oven that is ready for your next cooking or baking adventure. And all without excessive heat or toxic chemicals.
Now, do you want to know the best part about this natural way for how to clean your oven? It doesn’t really take any more effort than the more conventional ways. Aside from mixing the baking soda paste, it’s basically the same, and most of the process is just letting the paste do its work while you go about your day (and night).
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