Bethany F
Bethany F
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I show you how to clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar!
I'm going to be showing you how to clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar using products that you can find right in your kitchen. I'm really excited to show you how I transformed my nasty, dirty oven over night! It's actually amazing to see such a drastic transformation.

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how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
Let's get started because my oven really needs a cleaning! Here is what it looks like before I start to clean. 
how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
First remove the racks from your oven.

how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
Take out your pure white vinegar and baking soda. You'll need 1 cup of baking soda which you should pour in the glass bowl as well as a third of a cup of water until it makes a thick paste. 
how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
You'll need 1 cup of baking soda which you should pour in the glass bowl as well as a third of a cup of water until it makes a thick paste. Add them together and mix it well.
how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
Spread the baking soda mixture onto the surface of your oven. Clean in circular motions. I used a cloth but i think using a sponge might work even better!
how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
I moved inside the oven to clean the bottom and sides. 
how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
Now it's time to let it sit over night. A little patience can go along way.
how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
I also cleaned the oven racks with all purpose cleaner just to go one step further! 
how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
12 hours later...I found an empty spray bottle and filled it with vinegar. Spray it onto the surface of your oven! It will fizz which is super satisfying ;)
how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
Once your oven is covered in vinegar take a cloth and rub away the baking soda mixture and grime!
how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
Take a spatula to scrape away the bits stuck on to the bottom of the oven. This step can get messy and might take a while all depending on how nasty your oven is ;) For my oven it took a good 10 min.
how to clean your oven with baking soda vinegar
Once all the nasty stuck on grime is removed, wipe your oven down with a warm damp cloth to get rid of the vinegar and baking soda. After everything is wiped clean, dry the surface of your oven with a dry cloth and TA DA! Now you have a beautiful, clean and glistening oven! :)

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8 questions
  • Dai13120842
    on Sep 29, 2017

    Does this work on self clean ovens?

    • Delia_112
      on Sep 29, 2017

      Yes but don't try to run the self cleaning cycle with this on the surface.
      My self cleaning oven stopped working properly and I clean with this vinegar and baking soda paste and got good results. It is past the warranty period So that is something to consider.
      I soaked the grills in A wash tub and used 00 steel wool after a few hours and they look new.

    • DB
      on Sep 29, 2017

      I have used vinegar &baking soda to clean my oven for years. My Step #2 however is vacuuming I use the crevice tool to scrape up loose and not so loose burned on crust (gets rid of a lot of dry stuff before you get the oven wet.) and then start smearing the baking soda paste, The 10 min of scraping Bethany describes will be reduced !

    • Claude
      on Oct 2, 2017

      Exactly! Me too! Just use the wet dry vac, not your good one.

    • Marlene Fry
      on Oct 9, 2017

      wonder if this will work on top of sto e
      with all glass surface .Ive had mine for many years and the eye I cook on mainly for some reason does not come clean as much as the other 3 .Its clean , but I dont know ,maybe older looking from more use .and spills and cleaning .

    • Judy Jones Jackson
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Soak oven grates in garbage or lawn and leaf bag. Don't have to clean tub

  • Phil lack
    on Sep 29, 2017

    I tried Judy's method for cleaning the oven racks, and it worked a few times, then stopped. any other method?

    • Crafter
      on Sep 29, 2017

      I soak my racks in the bath tub with hottest water you can get. Add washing soda. Let soak until the water cools then rub a chore girl over the racks. Everything comes off easily.

    • Rose Tovey
      on Sep 29, 2017

      What if the oven was heated up to 150* before starting?
      The warmth might make it work faster.

  • Lori Johnson
    on Sep 29, 2017

    Will it work on a gas stove and oven?

    • Nadine Hartman Bourne
      on Sep 29, 2017

      Yes just be careful to not let it drip down in the slits on the bottom of the oven. I did this then placed a teflon oven liner in the bottom to protect the oven from further messes. it was really smelly the first time I used the oven but since then it has been fine and no more messes to clean up.

    • Barb in Texas
      on Sep 30, 2017

      I just put a whole sheet of heavy duty foil in the bottom of my gas oven. It falls over the two side vents, but it's so loose it doesn't matter. If it gets messy from spills, just take it out and put a new one in. So much easier than scrubbing those spills off the floor of the oven!

    • Lori Johnson
      on Oct 18, 2017

      Thank you so much. Two great ideas.

  • Myt28559447
    on Sep 30, 2017

    Will this work on stainless steel walls of microwave convection oven? Nothing else works!

    • Claude
      on Oct 2, 2017

      I just boil a cup of white vinegar in a microwave safe glass...and test ...try to see if it’s enough to wipe off easily w a paper towel...if not boil it longer. This works best if you wipe it down right after you boil the vinegar. You’ll be amazed.

    • Jill Ron Pike
      on Dec 4, 2017

      I wouldn't use baking soda on the stainless's abrasive and may leave scratches. I've used a product called Bar Keeper's Friend for that, and it's fine.

  • Bre29803280
    on Oct 3, 2017

    Does this work on a gas oven?

    • Viola
      on Nov 15, 2017

      Yes Brenda just make sure you don't I repeat don't get any water, etc in the pipes, etc. I have used this in gas stoves and although a little more awkward, it does work. Hope that helps.

    • Joanne Monfort
      on Dec 12, 2017

      I do this with my baking pans makes it easy job done Always did racks in my sink with extra built in hand hose Bathtub I feel too dangerous one slip all it takes

    • Zoe Emiko
      on Mar 23, 2018

      Yes but you need to take some precautions. Take your racks and the bottom pan most gas ovens have out. You'll clean those separately. Purchase a set of the foil oven liners. You can usually find these at most any dollar store or bog box discount store. Use both of them for added stability. Then pull off extra long pieces of heavy duty foil and lay them under your oven liners leaving the excess sticking out past the edges. You're going to crumple these around crumpled tubes of foil until your oven liner & foil edge rolls create a tight fit in your oven. Then clean your oven using the standard application of baking soda paste and vinegar activator. Try not to get a heavy pool build up in the pan you've made so it doesn't slide down though. The Baking soda paste is a bear to remove if you let it get into your gas lines which is why you want to do this precaution first.

  • Sys7029325
    on Nov 4, 2017

    THe Glass on my oven door is double panes and when I cooked a turkey I got grease in between the panes. Does anyone know how to clean this?

    • Viola
      on Nov 15, 2017

      Hmm, that is a good question. A thought just came to my mind and it is: call the manufacturer. They would know best how to do that since they are the builder/maker of the appliance. What you think? Hope that helps.

    • Dawn Henry
      on Nov 18, 2017

      You can unscrew the screws in the door carefully and take apart to clean. Time comsusing, but worth it to get rid of streaks.
      then just out door back together;)

    • Karen M Lock
      on Nov 21, 2017

      Be very careful to put it back together like it was or better yet go on line for advice how to from manufacture. Good luck.

  • Emily
    on Mar 24, 2018

    The question I wanted to ask is my door how can I get it clean l think it is a double window

  • Nell
    on Nov 27, 2018

    is it safe to get the heating coil wet when cleaning the oven?

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