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:
The Oven Before Cleaning:
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:
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:
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.
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!).