From bubbled over sauces to burnt cheese, your oven is the canvas for all kinds of spills and splatters. Ovens seem to present the most anxiety when it comes to cleaning kitchen appliance. With the right knowledge and basic tools, oven cleaning doesn’t have to be an overwhelming chore. So, what is the best way to clean an oven?
In the spirit of spring cleaning we have a two safe, natural, and effective methods to get the job done.
How to Clean the Oven:
- What You Need:
- Baking soda
- Rubber gloves
- Magic Eraser
- Damp dish cloth
- Spray bottle
- White vinegar
- Essential Oil (Optional)
STEP ONE: Empty the oven, remove your oven racks, pizza stone, oven thermometer, and anything else you have inside the oven. Set aside.
STEP TWO: Start by vacuuming out the dirt, dust, crumbs, and debris. You can use the vacuum hose, or if that feels too powerful, try the crevice attachment.
How to clean with Baking Soda
Make a baking soda paste. This is a timelessly classic way to clean your oven. With a little elbow grease your oven will sparkle like new again. In a small bowl, mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. If you’re adding any essential oils, 2-3 drops will be sufficient, but add more if desired. Adjust the ratio of both baking soda and water as needed until you have a spreadable paste.
- Distribute the mixture throughout the interior of the oven, except for the heating elements.
- Let mixture sit overnight in the oven for at least 12 hours.
- The following day, spread vinegar over the surface and allow it to react with the paste, which will make the debris much easier to scrub off.
How to DIY Steam Clean with Water and Vinegar
Place a large oven-proof dish, filled with a solution of water and White Vinegar on your bottom rack, then heat your oven to 350°. Bring this solution to a boil.
- Turn off the oven and let it cool.
- Open the doors and spray the inside with a solution made of water and vinegar and allow this mixture to sit for 30 minutes. Once the oven has completely cooled down, wipe away all food residue.
STEP FOUR: Soak racks in dishwashing liquid for a few hours, scrub with a scouring pad, and then rinse well and dry. If racks need heavy-duty cleaning, apply the paste. Note* Only use stainless steel racks; baking soda can discolor aluminum.
STEP FIVE: Use a magic eraser to easily wipe away grease on your oven glass.
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Making Your Home Appliances Brand New Again
With the right cleaning method you can have your oven appliance sparkle like new again. Just remember to always consult the instruction manual with each of your appliances. Although vinegar and other mild detergents are generally safe on appliances, there are always some exceptions to the rule.