We don’t have a self-cleaning oven, nor do we have any oven cleaner on-hand but our oven needed to be cleaned. Badly. I didn’t know how to clean an oven without chemicals and didn’t really want to use chemicals anyway, as I have small children in my home, and I value my own health too. So I needed a natural way to clean my oven, and a way that actually worked as oven was nasty, as evidenced below (sorry to gross you out):
I did some searching on Pinterest and found out that baking soda could clean your oven! I had plenty of baking soda on hand, so I figured, why not? Why not see if baking soda could actually clean ovens and I could avoid using chemicals altogether.
How to Clean Oven with Baking Soda
After reading a few tutorials, I came up with my plan of attack to clean the oven with baking soda. Below is the tutorial for cleaning oven with baking soda. I have used it many times over the year since writing this post initially. It totally works.
Materials Need to Clean Oven with Baking Soda
- Spray Bottle
- Baking Soda
- Green Scour Pad
- Sponge or Paper Towel
- Flathead screwdriver or razor blade scraper (optional)
Instructions for Cleaning Oven with Baking Soda
1). Remove and discard any visible debris and burnt on remnants you can with a washcloth.
2.) Remove the oven racks and clean your oven racks separately.
3.) Spray the interior of the oven generously with water in a spray bottle.
4.) Liberally cover the surface of the oven with baking soda like so:
5.) Let the baking soda sit for 15 minutes to overnight. If you leave it for longer periods of time, come back every few hours and spray more water on the baking soda. You want the baking soda to be visibly wet, so apply more if it looks too dry. The little brown spots in the baking soda pictured above show that it is working!
6.) Spot test an area and see how well it is wiping up with a sponge or paper towel. If it looks good you can proceed. If not re-wet and recoat with more baking soda and let it sit again.
8.) Use a scouring pad to scrub the harder to clean areas of your oven, working in the baking soda, and gets the sides of your oven clean too. Make sure to rinse away the baking soda from the pad as you continue to work. To make it easier to scrub the inside of the oven (as well as the door) you can remove the oven door first.
9.) If there are any really burnt on areas, don’t be afraid to use some real “elbow grease” and scrape it off using a flathead screwdriver or a razor blade scraper. It’s what I used to remove the black area that remained in the picture below:
10.) After the oven is clean, be sure to wipe it down with a wet washcloth, sponge, or paper towel and remove the remaining baking soda residue from the oven. You will need to repeat this a few time to make sure it is all removed.
And then you are done!
Here’s how clean my oven looked after cleaning oven with baking soda!
Here’s a live video demonstration (with a few extra cleaning tips) that I did for Hometalk.
Here are some additional tips for cleaning ovens with baking soda:
- Some people prefer to make a baking soda and water paste which they apply to the oven instead of the way I did it. You want the mixture thin enough to spread. You can spread with a sponge, your fingers, or a different cloth. (Instructions here.)
- Others like to use baking soda and then spritz vinegar on top for some extra cleaning power. That is fine too. (Like in this post.)
- A few people like to mix baking soda, vinegar, and dish soap into a paste and then clean oven with that mixture (instructions here).
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