Whenever oven cleaning glimpses in our mind we ponder over with numerous options of cleaning agents, technologies, and methodologies. Each one has its advantage and disadvantage but among the DIY (Do it yourself) cleaning recipes from the kitchen cupboards cleaning by baking soda and vinegar is the simplest and most popular among all and certainly, it is highly effective with the meanest cost. A pyrolytic oven’s self-cleaning function could be stinky, health hazardous, time-consuming and resource hungry. On the other hand commercial cleaning brands from a retail store could be costly, not completely organic or mild enough to the sensitive equipment. In contrast baking, soda and vinegar recipe is the ultimate kitchen hack which is a safe, natural, pocket-friendly and effective method with no harsh chemicals and no high-heat auto-cleaning mumbo jumbo hazards and hefty expenditures.
As I said it one of the most famous DIY oven cleaning methods some may have heard it but not applied it on their own or some may have confusion regarding its’ effectiveness. Let’s try for the first time and see what surprise is awaiting us.
All we need with us on this expedition is
Ø Hand gloves or Rubber gloves
Ø Baking soda
Ø Dish soap
Ø A spray bottle
Ø A sponge or cleaning cloth
Ø A flat-edged scraper or spatula
Ø Paper towels
Ø Bucket or bowl
Ø Vacuum cleaner (optional)
Now you need to follow the steps below,
1. Take out all removable from the oven interior like removing of the oven racks, oven tray at the bottom, pizza stones or oven thermometers. Make sure that nothing is left inside the oven before you begin cleaning.
2. Wash all loose items separately in warm, soapy water into a bucket. First, soak them into the water at least 30 to 60 minutes and after that rub with foam or sponge. Some oven racks are dishwasher safe those could be cleaned by dishwashing but check your oven manual first to make sure that your oven rack is dishwasher safe. Similarly wash the rest elements accordingly, dry them and put them aside.
3. Your oven may have a lot of burnt food stuck up in your oven. Wipe up these residues dripping of grime and grease from the oven interior as much as possible with a clean towel and scrape out any loose food particles or food stain with a non-scratch flat-edged spatula gently as much as possible but don’t wrestle with the stubborn stains.
4. Now make a creamy paste using three parts baking soda and one part water or Mix ½ cup (170 g) of baking soda with 3 tablespoons (14.8 mL) of water in a small bowl. Don’t be confused with different proportion ratio, the golden rule is put the baking soda first in a small bowl and add little water of 1 tablespoon each time and stir on and break the lump, add more water in this way and repeat the action until you get your desired consistency. The consistency should be like shaving foam and neither too runny nor too clumpy.
5. Now spread the paste around the interior of your oven in every corner with a clean brush or spatula or by hand with gloves put on, if there are really tough, burnt-on spots, put a few extra baking soda pastes over there. But avoid brushing the paste on heating elements of the oven inside.
6. When the baking soda and vinegar cream is coated adequately close your oven, and let the paste sit and work overnight for getting the best result or you can leave it for 12 hours at any time. But if you have time constraint you should rest it at least 40 minutes but you may need to repeat the process for intense cleaning.
7. Moisten your sponge or cleaning cloth with warm water and wipe off the baking soda paste with that damp cloth. Use a bucket or bowl full of warm water to rinse the sponge or cleaning cloth as you’re removing the baking soda paste. You may have to firmly scrub to get all the dried paste off and for any difficulties with any stubborn messes, you may require a scraper or spatula. But if that fails, fill a spray bottle with an equal part of vinegar and water together and spray over the areas where leftover baking soda paste remains, the vinegar will cause the baking soda to foam up. Now wipe off leftover baking soda paste with paper towels or another cleaning cloth. You can use a handheld vacuum or attachment to remove any remaining clumps of baking soda.
8. Clean the inside of the oven glass door by ½ cup baking soda and 44-milliliter water cream paste resting for 15-30 minute and foaming the dried cake with vinegar water mixture spray. Then the residue should be wiped out thoroughly with a damp warm cloth and patted dry with a clean towel.
9. Now replace the oven racks and other detachable back to their position which have been cleaned and put aside earlier.
Usually, baking soda and vinegar have odor-neutralizing power so if you left the oven door open in a well ventilate kitchen with the kitchen door and window open and let the smell off is quite enough. But for a refreshing smell, you may think of any commercial or natural deodorizer, like, lemon, vanilla, orange, etc. flavor or lemon water baking.
Tips, Tricks and Safety measures
Ø You may be needed to repeat the process once again if you can’t get the oven cleaned desirably at first cleaning.
Ø You are needed to clean your oven in a regular interval and a routine. Don’t think of cleaning your oven once in a blue moon when your oven is indulged into grim and grease.
Ø Add 1/8 cup (236.6 mL) of liquid dish soap into the mixture if baking soda and water alone don’t get the job done.
Ø Be sure to use rubber gloves while coating your oven with baking soda water mixture cream otherwise you may have skin irritation.
Ø If you use your oven too frequently then set a reminder to clean it monthly, but if you use hardly a few times monthly then you can plan to clean it at best every after 3-4 months.
Ø Spread some old newspapers or rags or towels close to the oven since cleaning detergent and water spillover can make the area wet and vulnerable to slip. You will also get rid of untidiness since you can throw out the paper after cleaning or wash the rags or towels separately.