Even if you live in the smallest of apartments, odds are you have an oven. Your oven often does a lot for you and can get very messy in the process. This is especially true for those of you who do a lot of holiday baking and prepare baked meals throughout the year. When oven spills occur, it is best to clean them up right away. If the oven is too hot, wipe the spill as soon as the oven has cooled. Doing this will keep the food from sticking and won’t cause build up in your oven. Stuck on foods will continue to burn and can affect the taste of the next meal you prepare. No one wants their baked goods tasting like a bubbled-over, burnt casserole!
There are many oven cleaners on the market, and most of them contain harsh chemicals. These harsh chemicals may get the job done and clean your oven but they may affect your health and will fill your home with an unpleasant smell. These chemical oven cleaners can also cause your food to taste funny after cleaning, even when properly rinsed. Instead of using a harsh chemical oven cleaner you could opt for a more natural approach.
In fact, you may already know that pretty much every natural cleaning remedy involves baking soda or vinegar. Both are fairly inexpensive, and most of you already have these natural cleaning agents in your cabinets. Using baking soda is a great natural way to get your oven clean without those unwanted fumes from a chemical oven cleaner. When you use baking soda with water, it will create a paste. This paste can be used to remove dirt and; it will also quickly absorb grease and grime. This makes it great for cleaning your oven and many other areas around your home.
Gather Your Supplies
Make sure you get all of your supplies ready before starting. You will need a whole box of baking soda to clean your oven properly. Don’t skimp on the baking soda or you won’t get the best results. You also need a spray bottle filled with water. Additionally, you will need a sponge or cleaning towel to scrub your oven. If you have some tough, stuck-on food, you may want to keep a steel wool scrubber on hand. It is also a good idea to have a separate towel or sponge for rinsing your oven. Keep your hands protected by using a pair of rubber gloves. Baking soda can irritate those of you with sensitive skin.
How to Naturally Clean an Oven with Baking Soda
- Before you start, make sure the oven is completely cool. Start by removing the oven racks. If you are cleaning your oven racks, you may want to use a little vinegar to help cut the grease and grime, along with the baking soda. Set the oven racks aside.
- Next, sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda onto the bottom of your oven. Less is not more when it comes to this step. Don’t skimp and make sure the bottom is completely covered.
- Once the bottom of your oven has a thick layer of baking soda, fill your spray bottle with water. Spray the baking soda with water, until it is damp. Be careful not to over saturate the baking soda. The water will activate the baking soda and will help loosen stuck on food particles and break down tough grease and grime.
- Now all you need to do is repeat step three every few hours. Simply spray the baking soda with water to keep it from drying out. This is a great time to clean those oven racks you set aside earlier. You can take the racks outside and spray them with a vinegar-and-water solution and spray them clean with a water hose. Allow them to dry while you are cleaning the rest of your oven.
- After a few hours of spraying down your baking soda, it’s time to wipe out the oven. The best way to do this is to have a small trash can nearby to scrape the oven debris into. Scrape the baking soda out of the oven with a wet sponge or towel. If you notice any stuck-on food use a steel wool scrubbing pad to loosen the food particles and wipe clean. You can also wipe down the sides of the oven to clean any splattered food or grease.
- Lastly, you should thoroughly rinse the bottom of your oven. You can use a clean sponge or towel and a bucket or large bowl of warm water. Do this until there is no trace of baking soda. You may need to change the water a few times in order to rinse your oven completely. Dry with a clean towel and replace the dry oven racks. Now you know how to clean an oven naturally, and you’ll never have to use those harsh, chemical oven cleaners again!