Your oven is an expensive piece of equipment and a regular deep clean ensures that it keeps working great. A dirty oven not only looks horrible but there are many practical reasons to keep it clean too. Old food stuck to the inside of your oven could be a fire hazard and may make your oven inefficient.
Your food will take longer to cook and your freshly baked cakes could taste a bit funny too. Luckily there are many ways to deep clean that don’t use harsh chemicals or break your back.
- Remove the Oven Racks
Take out the racks and set them aside. They can be washed in the sink with
regular soap and water. Be sure to remove any additional items, such as
thermometers or pans.
- Make a Paste
Mix baking soda and water together until it makes a spreadable paste. You’ll be coating the entire oven, so make enough to cover the whole surface.
- Apply the Paste
Spread the paste all over the interior of the oven (you may want to wear gloves to protect your hands). Stay clear of the heating elements as you apply the paste. Be sure to cover those extra greasy spots and don’t worry if the paste is thicker in some areas. The paste will begin to turn brown as it comes in contact with the grease.
- Let the Paste Sit Overnight
Once you’ve completely covered the oven with the baking soda paste, go get some sleep. The paste should be left on for at least 12 hours.
- Wipe Off Paste
Use a damp rag to wipe off as much of the paste as you can. If there are
particularly stubborn areas, use a spatula to gently loosen the residue.
- Spray It Down
Add vinegar to a plastic spray bottle and spray the interior of the oven. The vinegar will cause any residual baking soda to loosen and foam up.
- Wipe Clean
Use a damp rag to wipe the oven clean. Return clean racks to the oven and allow it to dry completely. (You can turn it on to a low temperature for a few minutes to speed up the process.)
- Clean the Window
Make sure you have a clear view of your newly spotless oven interior. To clean the oven window, make another paste out of baking soda and water, spread over the window, and let sit for about 30 minutes. Wipe off the paste with a damp rag.