How to Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Oven

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Baking soda is a simple chemical compound known as sodium bicarbonate. The natural mineral form is found in many mineral springs.

Getting the oven clean with a natural product is possible with baking soda. This natural cleaner has the strength to clean an oven and does a surprisingly good job, all while being an inexpensive cleaning agent. Baking soda does not have harsh fumes or caustic chemicals, the latter of which can make one queasy or worried about health effects. As a cleaning agent, baking soda paired with a little bit of water creates a paste that can remove rust, dirt, and other layers. The product can also absorb grease and grime.

Supplies Needed

  • A full box of baking soda is required for cleaning the oven properly.
  • Individuals will also need a spray bottle filled with tap water.
  • A sponge or cleaning rag is necessary and a steel wool scrubber may be needed.
  • For rinsing the oven, a bucket or bowl of clean water and a clean sponge is required.
  • Include a small wastebasket handy for the residue and wear rubber gloves to protect hands and nails.
  • Vinegar is helpful for cleaning oven racks.

Follow the five steps below to clean the oven with baking soda.

1. Add a Thick Layer of Baking Soda

First, make sure the oven is completely cool before attempting to clean the oven. Then, remove the oven racks, which can be soaked in hot water and vinegar in the kitchen sink. After ensuring it is cool to the touch, it is safe to start sprinkling a thick layer of baking soda onto the bottom of the oven.

2. Spray the Baking Soda With Water

Using a spray bottle filled with water, spray the baking soda down until it is damp, but not saturated with water. Using tap water will do just fine. The water and baking soda together will help break down the food particles.

3. Continue Spraying Baking Soda

Every few hours, spray the baking soda down again with water to keep it moist. Continue this process over several hours, spraying water as the baking soda begins to dry out.

4. Scrape the Baking Soda Out of the Oven

Grab a kitchen wastebasket lined with a plastic garbage bag and position it next to the oven. Then, get a sponge or cleaning rag. With the sponge or rag, begin scraping the baking soda out of the oven, and then deposit it into the lined wastebasket. Food residue will be scraped out with the baking soda. Tougher bits may loosen up when using a steel, wool, or plastic scrubber.

5. Rinse the Bottom of the Oven Out

Use a clean bucket with water and a sponge to swab the remaining baking soda and residue out of the oven. Changing the water one or more times may be needed to rinse thoroughly.

The next time it's time to cook, the food won't have an added taste and smell of oven cleaner. The oven will also work more efficiently without food residue, saving on energy costs.