As long as we’ve been cooking indoors, cleaning the oven has been one of the least-liked household chores and for good reason. Cleaning baked-on grime is no easy task, and many of us are on a constant quest to figure out the easiest way to clean an oven. It used to take strong scrubbing with caustic cleaners to rid the oven of burnt-on, sticky spills.

With the invention of the self-cleaning oven in 1963 and later, safer and less toxic commercial oven cleaners, oven cleaning has gotten easier. But a self-cleaning can’t take the place of a thorough manual cleaning. If you’re looking for the best way to clean an oven, skip the harsh chemicals, pull on your gloves and get ready to fight grime naturally. Here’s how to clean an oven step by step.

How to Clean the Inside of an Oven

All that baked-on grime can look formidable at first, but we promise you can get the job done without the toxic fumes and exhaustive scrubbing. Cleaning an oven with baking soda and vinegar or other natural cleaners is safer and less expensive than store-bought cleaners.

Remove your oven racks and vacuum up loose debris. Soak your oven racks in hot, soapy water to loosen stuck-on grime. A bathtub works great to immerse the racks fully and gives you more room to work. After a few hours, grab a scrub pad and go to work on the crud; it should be looser and more easily removed. If there are still some spots that won’t scrub off, let the racks soak overnight and give it another try. Once your racks are clean, wipe them dry.

Cleaning the inside of an oven requires a combination of time and chemical reactions. Grab some baking soda and white vinegar and let’s get to work. Contrary to some DIY tips, we’re not going to use vinegar and baking soda together. We’re going to use baking soda as our primary oven cleaner and vinegar to finish up the job. This natural formula works great on your oven glass too.

Natural oven cleaner is easy to make. Add 3/4 cup of baking soda to a bowl and about 1/4 cup water to make a paste. Generously coat the inside of the oven with the paste and let it dry overnight. Use a damp sponge to wipe out the dried paste and a plastic scraper for the tough spots.

Baking soda can leave a gritty residue in your oven. Spray the oven with white vinegar after wiping out all of the baking soda cleaner and give it about five minutes. The vinegar will react with any leftover baking soda so you can easily wipe out the bubbling remains.

How to Clean the Bottom of an Oven

Cleaning the bottom of an oven can be more challenging because of all the grease and debris that naturally accumulates. It gets a little harder to remove every time you bake.

Our natural formula for hard-to-remove grime is three tablespoons of baking soda, one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon of dish soap. Mix it all together and lay it on thick in the bottom of your oven. Let the paste sit for at least an hour. If you haven’t cleaned your oven in a while, you may have to wait several hours or even overnight.

Wipe away the paste with a damp sponge and use a plastic scraper if needed. Use white vinegar to wipe out all the grit and leftover debris. That’s it — simple and easy. For stubborn, stuck-on grime, you may have to repeat the process in some areas.

One of The Best Ways to Clean an Oven Is to Let The Maids Do It!

Oven cleaning is one of our most popular special cleaning services and for good reason.  This is a big cleaning job that takes time and elbow grease, which may be out of reach for our busy and/or elderly clients no matter how much they prepare.  

If you’ve got a special cleaning project or are interested in one of our other cleaning services, contact us today.  We’ll give you a free estimate right over the phone. 

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