When it comes to cleaning your oven, you have a few different options:
- Use a commercial cleaner: These can be effective, but at what cost? Many of them contain harsh chemicals, which you probably don’t want to use where you prepare food.
- Self-clean feature: Many ovens now include a self-clean feature, designed for easy oven clean-up. While there’s no doubt it’s convenient, we suggest you use this option very sparingly. Due to the nature of the self-cleaning process (it heats itself to over 800+ degrees Fahrenheit), it can cause damage to your oven if used repeatedly.
- Clean it naturally! This is our recommended option. No harsh chemicals or extreme heating required. And if you do it right, it’s probably easier than you think.
Learn how to clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar, courtesy of Love Meg’s YouTube channel:
How to Clean Your Oven with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Step 1: Get Ready
First, gather your ingredients (baking soda, vinegar, water) and remove the oven racks from your oven.
Step 2: Make the solution
All you need for now is one cup of baking soda and six tablespoons of water. Mix the solution so it turns into a paste.
Step 3: Apply the solution
Use a sponge to apply the solution to the interior of your oven. Apply liberally, especially in spots that are particularly soiled.
Step 4: Pull out your spatula
If there are stuck-on bits, you may want to try peeling them off with a spatula. However, if you have an oven with a self-clean feature, use caution during this step. Scraping too hard can cause damage to the oven’s pyrolytic coating, which is needed for self-cleaning.
Let the baking soda mixture absorb overnight.
Step 5: Add the vinegar to the mix
The next day, use a spray bottle to apply the vinegar to the interior of the oven. After letting that soak for a bit longer, take a bucket of warm water and use a sponge to remove all of the debris from your oven.
Step 6: Enjoy your sparkling clean oven
Look at those results!
Check out Love Meg’s video, “How to Clean Your Oven With Baking Soda and Vinegar” in its entirety below: