Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Oven Cleaner With Baking Soda and Vinegar

Updated on March 17, 2023 by Joseph D. Nielson

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One of the most common problems people experience when trying to clean their ovens is the time and effort needed to remove tough baked-on or caked-on grime. Today on Fresh Home Guide, we’ll show you how to make this simple natural solution for removing dirt and grime with minimal fuss. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

To make this natural oven cleaner, you’ll need the following:

  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Sponge or brush
  • Damp cloth or towel.

In a bowl, mix equal parts of baking soda and white vinegar until it forms a thick paste. You can adjust the consistency by adding more or less of either ingredient to get the desired result. 

The paste should spread easily over the surface of your oven without dripping or running off.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Before you start making your natural oven cleaner, it’s important to make sure that all of the racks or other items inside your oven  have been removed. This will help ensure that the cleaner is able to reach all of the surfaces of your oven and avoid any potential damage caused by leaving items inside while you’re cleaning.
  1. Once you’ve removed all items from your oven, it’s time to heat it up. Set your oven to 200°F and let it preheat for about 15 minutes. This will help loosen any stubborn dirt and grime, making them easier to remove with the cleaner.
  2. Once you have the paste ready, use a sponge or brush to apply it to the inside surface of your oven. Make sure that you spread it evenly over the entire surface, including any hard-to-reach areas like corners and crevices. Let the cleaner sit for about 15 minutes before moving on to the next step.
  3. After you have applied the cleaner to the surface of your oven, it’s time to let it sit and do its job. Let the cleaner sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping off with a damp cloth or towel. This will help ensure that all of the dirt has been removed from the surface.
  4. Use a damp cloth or towel to wipe off the cleaner from the surface of your oven. Make sure that you get all of the excess paste off as well as any remaining grime.
  5. Once you have wiped the cleaner off, it’s time to re-heat your oven to its normal temperature. This will help make sure that any remaining residue is removed and ensure that your oven is clean and ready for use.
  6. Once the oven has been reheated, it’s time to put all of your racks and other items back in their place. Make sure that everything is securely in place before you close the oven door to avoid any potential damage.

Cleaning your oven doesn’t need to be a time-consuming or difficult task. This natural oven cleaner is gentle on surfaces while removing all of the accumulated grime and dirt, leaving you with a clean oven that you’ll be proud to use (maybe even show off) for years to come.

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Q: Can I use other types of vinegar for this oven cleaner?

A: Yes, white vinegar is the most common type used for making a natural oven cleaner, but you can also use apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar.

Q: How often should I clean my oven with this method?

A: It’s recommended to clean your oven at least every 2-3 months to keep it in good condition. If you find that your oven is exceptionally dirty or greasy, then cleaning more frequently may be necessary. Make sure to follow all safety precautions when using the cleaner and always wear protective gloves and goggles while cleaning.

Q: Is it safe to use this cleaner on my self-cleaning oven?

A: Yes, this cleaner is safe to use on any type of oven, including self-cleaning models. However, make sure to follow all safety instructions and not use the self-cleaning setting while the cleaner is still in your oven. Additionally, it’s best to avoid using a chemical-based cleaner on your self-cleaning oven as these can be damaging or corrosive over time.

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About Joseph D. Nielson

Former journalist and editor for various press groups, I now dedicate my time to reviewing products for the home and family life. When I get time to myself, I enjoy rock climbing, taking my dirt bike for a rip, and most importantly providing my family with the best home possible!