Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Best Way to Clean Your Oven.


I can't believe this works. It seems like it should be too cheap, easy, and non-toxic to be true! But the results don't lie. . .

The real question is: why did anybody ever bother inventing a bunch of chemicals to do a job that baking soda does so thoroughly and easily? It's, like, the biggest scam of the 20th century after Watergate.

So what's the big secret here?

How did I clean that narsty looking oven you see over there to the left?

Baking soda.  That's all.


How-To


  1. Spritz water inside your oven, and sprinkle a generous layer of baking soda on the floor of the oven and the door. Grab a stiff-bristled scrub-brush.
  2. Most tutorials say to let it sit overnight. I don't see the point. I just start in on the scrubbing right away, and everything comes up with no problem. You will achieve a nice, orangey-brown lather. (Yum!)
  3. Once you've done the bottom of the oven and the door, sprinkle more baking soda onto your brush or the floor of the oven and attack the sides, back, and roof. I keep a bucket of water on the floor next to me so I can rinse the brush frequently.
  4. Once you've scrubbed everything, take a wet rag, and wipe out all the baking soda. If you've missed a spot or need to touch up areas, repeat the first few steps.
  5. Final step, use that wet rag and wipe out all the baking soda residue, rinsing it throughly, and giving it a couple go-overs. If you don't get it all the first time, after it's dry you might see a powdery residue that you'll have to wipe again. But no bigs, right? 


All in all, it took about twenty minutes. No waiting for a 600 degree self-cleaning cycle. . .No losing brain cells over toxic fumes. . .You don't even need rubber gloves.

Okay, so tell me. Is Easy Off! highway robbery or what?



Stay tuned for the best way to clean your drip pans. I'm letting my rice boil over as we speak!

Thanksgiving's coming up--are there any things you'd like to see here at Finely Ground to help you prep?

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29 comments:

  1. You are so right! Baking soda works even better than that nasty oven cleaner.

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  2. Another great simple and easy cleaning tip. Add baking soda to the amazing products like Windex and Robitussin. Before long people will be using it to try and fix broken legs with results like that.

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    1. Right on! :) I wish there had been a miracle cure like that last time I broke my elbow. . .

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    2. I was told that you can use ground cloves and make a water/clove paste to put on places that hurt by a man who suffers from M.S. and Fibromyalgia. Also I read that Himalayan Rock salt can be put in a "pouch" and warmed to easy pain as well. Just a thought... Namaste

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  3. You are speaking my language, girl. My oven is GROSS and I HATE the chemicals. I am doing this...tomorrow! Thanks for the tip:)

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  4. OMG thank you so much for this tip! I found a brilliant way to clean my microwave easily, but the stove has been bugging me for forever! Definitely going to give this a try. :-)

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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    1. Glad to help! :) Thanks for the opportunity to share.

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  5. awesome. Chemicals smell makes me literally sick

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  6. This is awesome! I really want to pin this to Pinterest so I can keep track of it for when I'm getting ready to do all my holiday baking. Am I missing the Pin It button, or can you add one?

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    1. Thanks so much!

      Aw man, I had a pin it button, but it looks like it has somehow disappeared. :( Sorry about that, I'll try to figure it out. In the meantime, though, you could certainly copy-paste the URL http://www.finelyground.net/2012/11/the-best-way-to-clean-your-oven.html directly on Pinterest with the "Add-Pin" button in their upper right corner!

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    2. Hey there, I've got a pin-it button added to this post now. It looks like Pinterest has changed the way they're doing things so I'll have to look more into if there's a way to add one back to every post automatically again. :/ Thanks so much for reading!

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  7. I wonder how much will the baking soda will cost nowadays. Hoping that it will not increase its price because of many use of it.

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  8. Hi Marissa! :) Love your blog btw! I'm a mom of seven (all grown up now) and didn't know this trick until about a month ago....so go figure! LOL! I would just add one little trick to help your older readers: open your oven door first, just a crack and lift up as hard as you can, it should come right up and OUT of its hinges on each side. Then you can lay it down and clean it, and as well, scootch your chair right up to the open oven to be able to reach the back and top without hurting your back so much! Works great for us grandmas, but would be good for you young people too! Good luck in the new year and keep blogging!! :)

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    1. Oh! almost forgot! also: you can buy a special little "star" tool at the hardware store that will let you take the door apart!! That way, you can use the baking soda INSIDE the glass on the front of the door and make it like a NEW oven all together! :)

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    2. What a brilliant tip! Thanks for sharing. :) I'm going to try it out. Oven doors are a pain to work around!

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  9. I'm in the overnight/ minimum 5 hours rest baking soda oven cleaning camp. Though I must admit I've never tried just instantly scrubbing with baking soda, I find even really grubby ovens wipe clean with a cloth if you just give it that time to let the baking soda work for you. However, my hat goes off to anyone who's willing to just jump in a start scrubbing! :-) Hooray for no chemicals too!
    Olivia from Olivia Cleans Green blog

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    1. Hehe, yep, I'm just too impatient to wait. I can't leave dirty dishes to "soak" either. :)

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  10. You can try spritzing vinegar also on stubborn stains. You are right. It is modern day robbery with those cleaners!

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  11. Will this work on a glass oven door or is something else better for that? Mine is a mess.

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  12. Did not work very well for me at all. Too much grease splatter guess. Maybe I should have sprayed it all down with Dawn dish soap to cut the grease first.

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  13. Up until a few weeks ago I had been battling with the (not so strict!) every few month job of cleaning the awfully stained cooker. We use it a lot - we have a big family and I cook meals pretty much every day leaving my wife to feed and rest with the youngest. One of the things I tried was looking for oven cleaning solihull and oven cleaner sutton coldfield businesses - these guys know what they're doing, but posts like this make me realise how much you can do on your own - especially with natural, non-toxic items from your cupboards! I've noticed on a few posts round the web about this kind of thing though that there isn't a massive emphasis on using "clean as you go" techniques - which, combined with bicarb and things like vinegar or even salt, can really make your life so much easier! Great post, thanks a lot :)

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  14. Something that makes cleaning the inside even easier... The door when opened just a little bit, less than 45 degrees, lifts up and off. No bending to reach the back. Pull your stool up and go to it!

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  15. The majority of people don't like to use these substance solutions to clear their particular gear. Quite a few oven cleansing agents discharge poisonous toxic gases in the technique of clean-up. These kinds of toxic gases may harm people.
    Oven Cleaners brisbane

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  16. My biggest problem with cleaning the cooker was the chemicals. I am allergic to pretty much every one going, so needed something natural. In the end I was actually surprised to learn that cleaning companies, at least the decent ones, also use natural cleaners and not necessarily the highly toxic ones you read about. After recent visits from both oven cleaning sheffield and oven cleaning solihull I realised it's more about technique and, as you so rightly put, getting the most from your natural ingredients such as bicarb, vinegar, etc. Thanks for the great tips! Awesome before and after pictures by the way :D

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  17. Washing soda works even better but make sure you use gloves and safety glasses with it. No fumes but you would not want it to get in your eyes and it will remove the oils from your hands if exposed to it for too long. Should do the same with the baking soda too. Finally made a believer of my wife and got her to use the nitride gloves when doing house work. like auto mechanics use

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    1. It's sodium carbonate, as opposed to sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). It's like baking soda only stronger. Check the ingredients in DRY powdered dishwasher detergent at the dollar store.

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  18. Excellent!!! Thanks for sharing, my oven window needs a good cleaning.
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