Many households are moving away from chemical-based cleaners in their homes, and this is especially true for the oven. Tackling stubborn grease and grime may seem like a time-consuming task, but there’s a method to “loosen” dirt without using “harsh chemicals.”
Posting on a Reddit forum dedicated to oven cleaning hacks, a user named Vexed_Violet said, “I hate harsh chemicals, so I use baking soda and vinegar.”
She said the method “really loosens it up”, but added: “Once in a while you’ll have to scrub the bottom a bit, but I wouldn’t do that if it wasn’t effective.”
Baking soda and white vinegar are two natural and common household products that are often recommended for various cleaning uses around the home.
The pH of both products is why they are particularly effective at removing dirt and grime.
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As a base, the alkaline nature of baking soda dissolves organic compounds such as dirt and grease.
The mineral structure of the baking soda particles also provides a mild abrasive to clean without leaving streaks.
White vinegar, on the other hand, works well because of its acidity.
Since it’s so acidic, it can counteract soap scum buildup, hard water stains, and grease, among other things.
Then she said, “Rub baking soda on all surfaces with a sponge. [and] heat to 400 F (204 C).”
Once heated, turn the oven off and let it “cool completely” before using the vinegar mixture and a sponge to wipe up messes.
Finally, pass a “damp wipe” on the inside of your oven.
To clean oven racks after they have been soaked, scrub with dish soap to remove all grease and grime.
For an extra kick, you can use a paste of baking soda and vinegar, and an old toothbrush for those hard to reach crevices.