How to Clean Your Oven with Baking Soda

Learn how to clean your oven with baking soda with this easy to follow guide.

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Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Wet a sponge with warm water and dish soap. Rub the entire oven, inside and out, with the sponge. This will remove any big chunks of dirt and grime.

Make a baking soda paste by mixing 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup water in a bowl. Apply the paste to the oven, using a sponge or your hands, and scrub. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.

Rinse the oven with a wet sponge or cloth. Wipe until all the baking soda is gone.

Turn off oven and let cool completely. Remove racks (if they’re dirty) and wash them in soapy water. If they’re really grungy, soak them overnight in soapy water; then scrub and rinse clean. Place racks back in oven.

Mix baking soda and water to form a paste.

Now that your oven is empty, it’s time to start cleaning. Begin by mixing baking soda and water together to form a paste. You’ll want to use about ¼ cup of baking soda for every 2 cups of water. Once you have a nice, thick paste, go ahead and spread it all over the inside of your oven. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies, as this is where the grime tends to build up the most.

Apply the paste to the inside of the oven.

To make a baking soda paste, mix 4 tablespoons (60 grams) of baking soda with 1/4 cup (50 grams) of water. If your oven is particularly dirty, you can add more baking soda to the paste until it forms a thick, spreadable consistency.

Once you have your paste, use a sponge or cleaning brush to apply it to the inside of your oven. Make sure to cover all of the surfaces, including the door, racks, and areas around the heating elements.

Let the paste sit for 30 minutes.

Once you’ve scrubbed the entire oven, let the baking soda paste sit for 30 minutes. This will give the baking soda time to break down any remaining grease, grime, and burned-on food.

Wipe the paste away with a damp cloth.

Once the paste has had a chance to work its magic (30 minutes to overnight), use a damp cloth to wipe it away. You may need to use a little elbow grease to remove all of the grime.

Rinse the oven with water.

Start by taking everything out of your oven. Take the racks out and set them aside in your sink. If you have a self-cleaning oven, set it to run while the racks soak.

Next, mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup water to form a paste. Spread the paste all over the inside of your oven, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, or overnight if you can.

After the waiting period, take a sponge or cloth and scrub the baking soda paste all over the inside of your oven. You might need to use a little elbow grease, but eventually all the grime and grease should come off.

Once you’ve scrubbed everything clean, rinse the oven out with water. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe away any residue. You can also run the self-cleaning cycle again if you want to be extra thorough.

Dry the oven with a towel.

Wet a clean towel with hot water and wring it out so it’s damp. Wipe down the oven’s interior, paying special attention to any stuck-on food or grease. For tougher spots, use a scrub brush or sponge. Don’t worry about getting the oven wet—the baking soda will take care of that later.

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