As we’ve all been spending the last few months at home during the shelter in place order, maybe you’ve noticed your oven needs some attention. After all the experimental recipes and baking we’ve been doing with all this extra time it may look in need of a good cleaning. But the thought of tackling an oven cleaning just sounds daunting does it not? Especially since most oven cleaners you can buy at the store have such a strong odor that can permeate. Thankfully there is a non-toxic alternative! This step by step was provided by the Kitchn:
What You Need
- Baking soda
- Rubber gloves
- Damp dish cloth
- Plastic or silicone spatula
- Spray bottle
- White vinegar
- Empty the oven: Remove your oven racks, pizza stone, oven thermometer, and anything else you have inside the oven. Set aside.
- Make a baking soda paste: In a small bowl, mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Adjust the ratio of both as needed until you have a spreadable paste. For me this took about 3 tablespoons of water to get the desired spreadable consistency.
- Coat your oven: Spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven, steering clear of the heating elements. I used gloves for this portion, as my oven was pretty grimy. It helped me really get in there and coat the dirtiest nooks and crannies without having to worry about all that grime under my nails. The baking soda will turn a brownish color as you rub it in; it also might be chunkier in some places than others, which is fine. Just try to coat the whole oven to the best of your abilities, paying extra attention to any particularly greasy areas.
- Let it sit overnight: Allow the baking soda mixture to rest for at least 12 hours, or overnight.
- Clean your oven racks: Meanwhile, clean your oven racks.
- Wipe out the oven: After 12 hours or overnight, take a damp dish cloth and wipe out as much of the dried baking soda paste as you can. Use a plastic or silicone spatula to help scrape off the paste as needed. I found that the damp cloth was enough for me, but a spatula might come in handy in those hard-to-reach places.
- Spray a little vinegar: Put a little vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz everywhere you still see baking soda residue in your oven. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and gently foam.
- Do a final wipe-down: Take your damp cloth and wipe out the remaining foamy vinegar-baking soda mixture. Repeat until all the baking soda residue is gone. Add more water or vinegar as needed while wiping to really get the oven clean and shiny.
- Replace your oven racks: Replace the oven racks and anything else you keep in your oven, and you’re done!
The original article can be found at https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-an-oven-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-201191