How well do baking soda and vinegar clean a greasy, dirty oven?? Is going all natural for oven cleaning worth it? That’s what I wanted to find out! Made from things you have on hand, low cost, and no fumes or burning skin. And there are those black stains that are so hard to clean!! My secret weapon will save you hours!!
Ovens are one of the most challenging things to clean in your kitchen and a tough job. A dirty oven like this can easily take an hour or more to clean. In this oven cleaning challenge series, I’m on a quest to find the fastest, easiest way to clean an oven.
Can you avoid caustic chemicals that burn your lungs and skin? Can I get it down to 30 minutes or less? Do natural cleaning solutions work? How about a steam cleaner? What’s the best way to clean an oven? At the end of my experiments, here’s a video with my favorite method.
How to Clean an Oven with Baking Soda and Vinegar
How to remove oven stains? That’s my secret weapon. It costs about $2, and it works on those baked-on food that turns black and doesn’t come off easily!
1. Mix baking soda and vinegar
Combine baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl. Make a thin, runny paste with the consistency of glue.
2. Smear it on the interiors of the oven
Spread the paste all over the oven, paying extra attention to any particularly greasy areas. Make sure to steer clear of the oven’s heating elements. And let it sit, preferably for a couple of hours.
PRO-TIP: If you don’t have the luxury of time, clean out all the debris or baked-on food in your oven before applying the baking soda and vinegar paste using a brush and a vacuum cleaner. Save yourself as much work as possible.
3. Disinfect the oven with vinegar
Pour regular household vinegar into a spray bottle. Spritz and make sure to saturate all the surfaces. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and gently foam.
4. Scrub with a scouring pad
This will help the grease come off easily. Wet a pumice stone and scrub away for hard-to-remove baked-on food.
5. Rinse off the paste and dirt/grease
Spray water on all surfaces, including grooves, to help loosen the dirt or grease.
6. Wipe down all residue
Wipe up the paste, loosen the dirt, and grease with paper towels. And let the oven dry.
Now that your oven is sparkling clean, get an oven liner to prevent having to clean the bottom of your oven.