How to Clean Your Oven Easily
The oven often gets a bad wrap for being a real pain to clean, and it’s easy to see why. Each time you clean your oven, you’ll likely spend hours scrubbing away at baked-on grime, grease splatters, and burnt, leftover food.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are some super-easy steps to make your oven sparkle—without the elbow grease.
GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
The first step to a clean oven is simple—gather your supplies. You won’t need any special products, just some baking soda, vinegar, a spray bottle, a damp cloth, and an old toothbrush (optional). Baking soda and vinegar are natural, eco-friendly cleaners that work a treat on tough oven grime. And the best part? You probably already have them in your pantry! Too easy.
CREATE YOUR PASTE
Now, it’s time to create your cleaning solution. Mix half a cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water until you have a spreadable paste. Then, remove your oven racks and spread the paste all over the interior of your oven, avoiding the heating elements. Close the oven and let the paste work its magic for at least a few hours.
Meanwhile, if your oven racks are extra grimy, pop them in your bathtub and submerge them in hot water. To really loosen up the baked-on grime, sprinkle some laundry powder on top, and let them soak.
WIPE AND RINSE
After a few hours, open your oven door and use a damp cloth to wipe out as much dried baking soda paste as possible. For those hard-to-reach spots, scrubbing with an old toothbrush will do the trick. Next, fill your spray bottle with equal parts of vinegar and water, and spritz any areas where baking soda residue remains. The vinegar will react with the baking soda, making it easy to wipe away.
Cleaning your oven doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With these simple steps, you can make your oven sparkle with minimal effort and without using any harsh chemicals! Now, who’s ready for a yummy Sunday roast?