How to Clean Your Oven

As many of us know, the self-cleaning option on an oven is not always the most efficient and can also leave quite a bad odour behind in the process. For those with older ovens, the self cleaning facility is not even an option.

So here we look at how to clean your oven by safe, natural and effective means with the help of baking soda and vinegar!

This means there is no concern of harsh chemicals and high temperature heating, it simply requires a little bit of elbow grease, but the end result will be superb!

Items Required:

  • Rubber Gloves
  • Small Bowl and Cup
  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Damp Cloth
  • Spray Bottle
  • Plastic Spatula

Instructions for Cleaning the Oven

  1. Remove Items – Firstly you will need to remove all the items from your oven. This includes all the oven racks, trays and anything else you have sitting inside.
  2. Mix together a baking soda paste– Simply mix together in a small bowl a small cup of baking soda together with a few tablespoons of water. Here you will need to adjust the mixture until you get a paste that is easily spreadable.
  3. The Initial Clean– Next you will need to coat your oven with an even spread of the Baking Soda and Water mix, making sure you avoid the heating elements within the oven. It’s generally a good idea to make use of gloves for this part, as most ovens will be pretty grimy and dirty. You will need to get into all the nooks and crannies to ensure the oven is cleaned thoroughly. As you work the mixture in, you will see it turn a brown colour as it mixes with the dirt and grime in the oven. It is a good idea to carry on with process for at least 10 to 15 minutes depending on the state and size of your particular oven, and paying more attention to the most grimy and greasy parts of the oven.
  4. Leave Overnight– Once you are happy the oven is cleaned thoroughly with no areas missed, you can then leave the oven to sit overnight (between 8 to 12 hours).
  5. Oven Rack Cleaning – Whilst waiting for this, you can also thoroughly clean the oven racks and trays so they are ready to put back in to the oven.
  6. Remove Paste Mixture– After the 8 to 12 hour period has elapsed, it is now time to use your damp cloth to remove all of the now dried baking soda paste from the oven. If you are finding it difficult to remove with a cloth only, a plastic spatula can be used carefully to help speed up the process.
  7. Spray your White Vinegar – Now its time to use your spray bottle full of vinegar to coat the inside of the oven. This will cause a reaction with the baking soda paste, and cause it to foam.
  8. The Final Wipe Down – After leaving the vinegar to soak in for 5 – 10 minutes, its now time to remove the vinegar and soda paste mixture with the help of a damp cloth and your plastic spatula.
  9. More of a Polish– Once everything is removed you can also use some vinegar and water to really bring out a clean and shiny finish to the oven.
  10. Replacing the Oven Racks– Its now time to put your newly cleaned oven ranks back into your shiny and pristine clean oven!

Johnson House Cleaners are based in the Manchester area, and are specialists in all aspects of domestic cleaning in Manchester. If you would like your oven cleaned or help with general home cleaning please call our friendly team today on +44(0) 161 280 7193 (Landline) or send us an online enquiry.