Oven cleaning is rarely the top of anyone’s priorities. No kitchen is complete without an oven. Whether your kitchen is the size of a shop, or the size of a wardrobe – the kitchen is the place where great meals are made, laughs and wine are shared. The kitchen is there for preparing meals for one, cake baking, a family dinner for the table, or peckishly rummaging through the cupboards in the middle of the night.
With so much of our time spent eating, we should equally spend some of our attention on oven cleaning. With a such heavily used appliance, we tend to become unaware of the true state inside. No one does deep oven cleaning after every use, but after a while you may suddenly realize you’re in need of one! We’ve cleaned hundreds of ovens and have plenty of oven cleaning tips! For this article we’re concentrating on the simplest and most eco of oven cleaning products – baking soda and vinegar.
Low-fuss Overnight Oven Cleaning
What you need to start:
- One dirty oven
- Large bowl
- Rubber Gloves
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
Essential oven cleaning prep: remove all racks, wire shelves, trays, thermometers, and pots and pans. Set aside on the counter or on the stovetop for the time being.
Stage one – giving the oven a good pasting
Begin cleaning oven with baking soda. In a large bowl, mix about 1 cup baking soda, to a few tablespoons of water. Make a mixture that is not too dry, and not too wet. You want a perfect consistency to spread, like toothpaste.
Spread your baking soda/water mixture to the complete inside of your oven. Use gloves for all oven cleaning, even with baking soda, to ensure the paste reaches every inch and corner of the inside of your oven, but doesn’t end up under your nails. For thick and grimy areas, coat the inside with an extra thick baking soda mixture for extra oven cleaning power. Don’t forget the interior of the door area, the top lip of the oven and sides, that sadly neglected glass door… really get inside your oven to ensure the deepest clean.
Leave this baking soda/water paste in your oven overnight. The longer the better to be honest, and apply extra to any bare patches as they become apparent.
While stage one of the oven clean progresses, you can use this time to cleaning oven racks. Scrub down your wire racks and shelves with a kitchen brush and that baking soda/water paste again. This way sparkling clean wire racks will go back into your clean oven once it is all ready.
Stage Two – getting visible results from oven cleaning
Once you have waited overnight for the baking soda to work, you can use a damp dish cloth to wipe off the dry baking soda residue. If you have dried and stuck-on paste, you can use a non-metal spatula to reach and clean those hard places and get to the visible results part of oven cleaning.
When you have scraped the inside of your oven clean, (don’t forget about cleaning oven door glass!) use a spray bottle filled with white vinegar. Cleaning oven with vinegar spray on the inside means that any residue of baking soda will react with the vinegar, lifting any final stains and making it easier to wipe down the rest of the vinegar & baking soda mixture.
Replace the scrubbed and shining wire racks, and you’re done!
Oven cleaning does not need to be a mission, nor do you have to do all the back-breaking work oven cleaning to get the inside all shiny and new. With Selclene, we are here to help even the toughest jobs, and show you easy ways around them. Maybe we could take care of the oven cleaning for you?