Oven Cleaning Tips

If you are having a hard time cleaning your oven with spray cleaners, soap and water, then worry no more because there is a better way.

Oven Cleaning Tips

After months and months of baking and roasting, an oven can get fairly grimy. Charred food and built-up grease tend to accumulate and can turn into carbon, leading to a strong smell when cooking. Allowing your oven to remain coated in such a material will eventually taint your food and may end up becoming a fire hazard. With the information below, you will find that there are better and more effective ways of cleaning your oven.

What you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Baking soda
  • Damp dish cloth
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Silicon or plastic spatula
  • Spray bottle


Take out the oven racks.

First thing is to remove the oven racks, oven thermometer, pizza stone, and any other item you might have inside the oven.

Stir up a baking soda paste

You can use a small mixing ball. Take half a cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water; however, you can adjust the ratio as need until you come with a reasonable paste. In most cases, it can take around 3 tablespoons of waters for you to get a desirable, spreadable paste.

Coat the oven

Coating the oven is done by spreading the paste all over the interior areas of your oven, but remember to steer you steer clear of the heating elements. You can use gloves for this task if your oven is pretty grimy. Once you get down and dirty, the baking soda will turn brownish in color as you rub it in. It can also get chunkier in some areas than others, but that’s okay and shouldn’t worry you. The main point is to try to coat the entire oven to the best of your ability while paying close attention to the greasy areas.

  • Let it stay overnight
  • Let the baking soda mixture to stay the night, or for around 12hours, depending on your schedule.
  • Clean the oven racks
  • As your oven sits, you can start working on the racks. This will help to save time.
  • Clean out the oven

After the 12hours are up, take your damp dish cloth and start to wipe out as much of the dried baking soda as you possibly can. You can use the silicone or plastic spatula to help scrape off the paste in difficult areas. In most cases, you will find that the damp cloth is enough, but you never know, the spatula tends to prove quite handy in certain situations, particularly those hard to reach places.

Spray some vinegar

Place some of your vinegar into the spray bottle and spritz anywhere you see baking soda residue. Once you do this, don’t be alarmed when you see some sort of gentle form; this is just a reaction caused by the two components mixing.

Final wipe

Take the damp cloth you had and wipe out any of the remaining foam mixture. Repeat the process until the entire residue is gone. Add a bit vinegar or water to your cloth as needed as you wipe to get the oven really shiny and clean.

Replace the racks

The final process involves replacing your oven racks and any other item found in it and you will be good to go.