How to Clean Your Oven with Baking Soda – A Natural Solution

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As a new user of Pinterest.com, I am loving all the nifty ideas I find on there.  And some of them include ways to clean my home “greenly” or without harsh chemicals, which I love!  Mostly because I hate using a cleaning product and not being able to breathe as I am doing it…. while knowing that it’s because toxic/harmful fumes are in the air and seeping into my lungs, skin, and clothes.  (For example, we recently bought Kaboom! FoamTastic cleaner for our bathroom and hate it for these very reasons. I feel like I’m going to die it’s so awful!  Sure, it worked, but really?). That’s why I was thrilled to learn you can clean your oven with baking soda.

Via this and this tutorial on Pinterest I came up with my plan of attack to clean my oven with baking soda.  Since our oven does not have a self cleaning option and we currently don’t have any oven cleaning chemicals, it was the perfect Pinterest thing to try.  Here’s how to get a clean oven with baking soda and water:How to clean your oven greenly with baking soda. Great tutorial with before and after pictures! It really works! | whatsupfagans.com

The Oven Before Cleaning:

My oven looked like this before I began to clean it with baking soda (sorry to gross anyone out):dirty oven bottom before cleaning it with baking soda

Dirty Oven Door before cleaning it with Baking Soda

Dirty Oven bottom before cleaning with baking soda

How to Clean Oven with Baking Soda

First, I sprayed the surfaces with water via a spray bottle.

Next I generously covered the surfaces with baking soda (after I removed the racks), like so:

natural green cleaning oven method
Here is how to get a clean oven with baking soda and waterPer things I had read, I would periodically, every few hours, come back and spray more water on the baking soda.  I closed the door and let it just sit.  If you look at the pictures above, you’ll see some of the baking soda turning brown around some of the dirty grime of the oven.  Shows it’s working a little bit.

The Initial Test

However, I wanted to see how well it was working and if I needed to adjust anything before I left it all for the night, so I cleaned the door only, first.  To clean it up I got a sponge and wiped off the baking soda, scrubbing minimally to get off the dirt of the door (my desire in doing this was in part to see how “easy” it was to clean up just using baking soda or if a lot of elbow grease would be required).

So, after only wiping and scrubbing the door minimally, a few hours after I put baking soda on it, this is what I got:

Green safe oven cleaning

safe green way to clean oven

But still some residue.

I then decided to re-coat the door with baking soda, and get the baking soda in the oven much much wetter.  I didn’t make it swim, but I got it visibly wet. 

And then I left it overnight.

The Result of Cleaning Oven with Baking Soda

In the morning when I cleaned it, children “helping” (thank goodness it’s a green oven cleaner and non-toxic huh?), I got out a scour pad to use on the door as well as the oven, after using a sponge to do the initial gooping up of the baking soda and mess.

The door looked like this:
safe green oven cleaningJust a few tiny spots here and there, but much better!

The main part of the oven looked like this after cleaning it with baking soda:safe green oven cleaning with baking sodaMost of it came off!! 

How I got the really burnt on part off

But, the area of the oven where most of the food falls (apparently) did not come off with just baking soda.  So, I got out this heavy duty paste I had (given to us along with many other cleaning supplies as a baby shower present because they are “green.”):I scrubbed it with a scour pad and the paste but nothing really happened.  It was still there.

And I didn’t really feel like trying baking soda again and waiting several hours…

So I used some “elbow grease” instead:Aka, a Flathead Screwdriver.  No, I’m not joking.  I would have used a razor blade if I had one handy (I used to be a custodian, and let me tell you how useful razor blades are!).

After scrapping the black burnt on stuff at the bottom of my oven for a minute or so, I was very happy with the results:after greenly cleaning - clean oven with baking soda
Clean oven with baking soda and waterA clean oven!

Leftover Baking Soda residue

Some residue of the baking soda still remains in my oven because it’s hard to get it wet enough to clean up, but the nsaty mess of the oven is cleaned up. But, did you know an oven is not the easiest thing to reach into to clean?  Neither did I until I did this.  The door really gets in the way when trying to reach/crawl into the oven to clean it! But, I love this method for getting a clean oven with baking soda and water.
What have you used to clean your oven in the past/present?  Have you ever used baking soda to clean it and any helpful tips for me?

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for sharing this Katelyn! I’m such a sucker for before and after pictures! I’m going to try this and take some of my own. I am hoping to get a professional looking result using backing soda and maybe a little vinegar. In the past I just searched oven cleaning solihull or oven cleaner solihull and got someone to come do it, but since I have done some reading around the web and found a number of posts just like this, so I’m looking forward to trying it myself!

    • says

      I hope you try it and that it works well for ya! I’ve done it again since I first did it, and it worked well again. I love how I don’t die from fumes.

  2. says

    Love this Katelyn — thanks so much for sharing. I wonder now, if you used a spray bottle with Vinegar instead of water if that would help with dissolving the tough stuff ? My stove sure needs a cleanin – maybe i”ll give it a try. Thanks for the great tutorial. Karen

  3. says

    That’s amazing! I need to try this. I’m ashamed to say, that I’ve fallen behind in cleaning my oven :/

    This is a perfect addition to our Spring Cleaning Party! I’ve repinned!! Thanks for sharing… Sending you PIN love from pin-n-tell.com 🙂

  4. Gael says

    I like that you told the truth about it. It wasn’t easy, and for many people, dragging out oven cleaning all those hours isn’t going to work. Did you try heating the oven in the process? You’d have needed a scrubber on a long handle, but heat might have loosened grime. I tried baking soda on an oven and had the same disappointing results. I’m too busy to be tied to oven cleaning for hours. I really love cleaning green, but sometimes there is a place in my world for Comet, Tilex, and a few others. More power to you for hanging in there and finishing that oven with baking soda.

    • Debbie says

      Great tips for natural cleaning! I appreciate it since I have a self-cleaning oven which I don’t like to use the cleaning feature on – it get over 1000 degrees and sometimes can damage itself! Not to mention it smells really bad when it heats up.
      Two things though – the screw driver pictured is a flat-head screw driver, not a Phillips. A putty knife would be good too.
      And, lastly – almost all oven doors come off – something I didn’t know until someone pointed it out to me. Just pull on it and the hinges come out of a track and it is just as easy to put back on. Just slide the hinges back in. This makes it much easier to clean.

  5. Maureen F Ronolo says

    Steel wool pads work on burnt on stains like a champ. Lots of elbow grease, but at least there is a clean surface at the end of it. Not SOS pads with the cleaner in the middle… they shed. But the curly-queue steel pads. Fuller Brush still makes them, but you can find them at the grocery store usually too.

  6. Lori says

    Hi Ms Fagan, I just subscribed to your awesome website tonight, and spent several hours drinking in all your great household\and parenting advice. I know my visits here will be frequent. Also, just a helpful tip, you can remove the oven door easily by lifting up on door while open about six inches. Hope this is helpful to you as your tips have been to me. Thank you!

    • says

      Great! Yes, someone else I think told me that after this post which is SO helpful! I plan on redoing this post with better pictures and the tip on removing the door. That would make things much easier. I’m so glad you subscribed and are loving all the tips! I look forward to seeing more comments from you! Thank you!

  7. says

    Such a great idea. I’ve tried lots of cleaning solutions but can never clean my oven entirely . I’m definitely trying your idea and recommending it to some friends too. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Becky Sanders says

    I buy the big square alminum trays that are for the oven bottom to catch spills. You buy in three’s. I put all three in the bottom of my oven and when the top one becomes soiled I simply remove it and the next tray is ready for spills.

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