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How to Clean Your Oven With Baking Soda and Vinegar 

September 18, 2019 There's nothing like a delicious home-cooked meal straight out of the oven. But after your belly is full, it's time to clean up the mess. Sometimes the dishes we make in the oven leave behind burnt-on or sticky messes that can take some extra elbow grease to remove. This cleaning… Allstate https://i1.wp.com/www.allstate.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Woman-Cooking-Oven_GettyImages.jpg?fit=1752%2C1252&strip=all&ssl=1
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There’s nothing like a delicious home-cooked meal straight out of the oven. But after your belly is full, it’s time to clean up the mess. Sometimes the dishes we make in the oven leave behind burnt-on or sticky messes that can take some extra elbow grease to remove. This cleaning method using baking soda and vinegar from TheKitchn.com can help you bring back the sparkle and shine to your oven.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

You’ll need baking soda, vinegar, a bowl, spoon and measuring cup, a new paintbrush, rubber gloves, aluminum foil, a spray bottle, clean towels and sponges.

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Step 2: Empty Oven and Plug Openings

While wearing protective gloves, remove cooking ware and racks from the oven. Use aluminum foil to fill any openings so that the cleaning mixture does not drip into them, says MarthaStewart.com.

Step 3: Make the Cleaning Paste

Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of warm water and stir to a paste-like consistency. If you have a bigger oven, you may need a larger batch of paste, or you may need a little more water to make the paste more spreadable. Adjust the mixture as needed.

Step 4: Spread the Paste in the Oven

Spread the mixture all over the interior of your oven with the paintbrush. Be sure to avoid getting the paste on any heating elements. Let the paste sit overnight for 12 hours.

Step 5: Clean the Oven Racks

Meanwhile, place the oven racks in a sink or tub. If you use a bathtub, place towels underneath the racks so they don’t scratch the surface of the tub. Sprinkle baking soda all over the racks, says BobVila.com, and then pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz the racks thoroughly. You’ll then want to submerge the racks in warm water and let them soak overnight for about 12 hours as well.

Step 6: Wipe Mixture Away

After the 12 hours are up, remove the dried baking soda paste with a damp towel. If needed, you can supplement the towel with a plastic spatula to aid in the removal of the paste.

Step 7: Spray Oven With Vinegar and Scrub

Next, spray the oven with vinegar. Be sure to keep the broiler openings plugged with foil as you complete this step. Then, using a sponge, scrub the interior of the oven to remove any remaining burnt-on messes and baking soda residue.

Step 8: Wipe the Oven Clean

Wipe down the oven with a damp towel or sponge. Repeat this step until the oven is clean and then use a new, dry towel to give the oven a final wipe down.

Step 9: Replace Oven Racks

Use a sponge to scrub off any remaining residue and dry the racks with a towel. Place them back in the oven.

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– [BLUE BACKGROUND FADES TO SHOW AN OVEN RANGE AND SURROUNDING KITCHEN CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS. VIEW CHANGES TO SHOW INTERIOR OF DIRTY OVEN DOOR.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: STICKY!

– [VIEW CHANGES TO SHOW OVEN’S DIRTY INTERIOR AND OVEN RACKS.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: GREASY!

– [VIEW CHANGES TO SHOW OVEN RACKS AND BOTTOM OF DIRTY OVEN.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: SLOPPY!

– [VIEW CHANGES TO SHOW OVEN WITH DOOR OPEN. OVEN APPEARS TO HAVE BURNT-ON GREASE AND RESIDUE.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Burnt-on messes are icky!

– [VIEW OF OVEN ZOOMS IN.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Let’s clean that dirty oven

– [SCENE CHANGES TO A BLUE MAT ON A COUNTERTOP.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Baking Soda [JAR OF BAKING SODA APPEARS]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Vinegar [BOTTLE OF VINEGAR APPEARS]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Bowl & spoon [BLUE BOWL AND A SPOON APPEAR]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Measuring cup [MEASURING CUP APPEARS]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Paintbrush [A NEW PAINTBRUSH APPEARS]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Rubber glove [SET OF BLUE RUBBER GLOVES APPEARS]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Aluminum foil [A ROLL OF ALUMINUM FOIL APPEARS]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Spray bottle [AN EMPTY SPRAY BOTTLE APPEARS]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Towels [TWO BLUE TOWELS APPEAR]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Sponges [TWO PURPLE SPONGES APPEAR]

– [VIEW CHANGES BACK TO INTERIOR OF DIRTY OVEN. THE OVEN DOOR IS OPEN.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Empty your oven [HAND WEARING RUBBER GLOVE REMOVES A PAN FROM THE OVEN]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Remove the racks [TWO HANDS WEARING RUBBER GLOVES REMOVE THE TWO OVEN RACKS]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Fill any openings with foil [HANDS TAKE PIECES OF ROLLED UP ALUMINUM FOIL TO FILL OPENINGS IN BOTTOM OF OVEN]

– [VIEW CHANGES TO SHOW THE BLUE BOWL, JAR OF BAKING SODA AND MEASURING CUP FILLED WITH WATER.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Make the cleaning paste

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: 1 cup baking soda [HAND POURS BAKING SODA INTO BOWL]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: 1/3 cup warm water [HAND POURS WATER INTO BOWL]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Stir [ONE HAND HOLDS BOWL AND THE OTHER HAND ENTERS WITH A SPOON AND STIRS THE MIXTURE]

– [CLOSE UP OF INTERIOR OVEN DOOR IS SHOWN.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Spread the paste [HAND USES PAINTBRUSH TO SPREAD THE MIXTURE ON THE OVEN DOOR]

– [VIEW CHANGES TO BOTTOM OF THE OVEN.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Do not apply to heating elements [HAND USES PAINTBRUSH TO SPREAD THE MIXTURE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OVEN WHILE AVOIDING HEATING ELEMENTS AND THE OPENINGS FILLED WITH ALUMINUM FOIL]

– [VIEW CHANGES TO SHOW AN OVEN RACK SITTING ON TOP OF A BLUE TOWEL.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Clean the racks while it works

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Place the racks in a sink or tub

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Sprinkle with baking soda [HAND SPRINKLES BAKING SODA OVER THE OVEN RACK]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Spray with vinegar [HAND HOLDING SPRAY BOTTLE FILLED WITH VINEGAR ENTERS AND SPRAYS THE OVEN RACK]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Soak in warm water [WATER IS POURED OVER THE RACK]

– [A CLOCK APPEARS AND THE HOUR AND MINUTE HANDS SPIN CLOCKWISE.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Let both sit overnight 12 hours

– [VIEW CHANGES TO SHOW INTERIOR OF THE OVEN. THE MIXTURE IS NOW DRY AND HAS TURNED WHITE.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Remove baking soda with a damp cloth [HAND BEGINS TO REMOVE DRIED-ON MIXTURE WITH A DAMP BLUE TOWEL]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Spray with vinegar [HAND TAKES SPRAY BOTTLE FILLED WITH VINEGAR AND SPRAYS DOWN INTERIOR OF OVEN]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Scrub away tough stains [HAND USES A SPONGE TO SCRUB INTERIOR OF OVEN]

– [VIEW CHANGES TO SHOW INTERIOR OF OVEN DOOR.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Wipe with a wet sponge [HAND USES SPONGE TO WIPE AWAY REMAINING RESIDUE AND CLEAN OVEN DOOR]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Repeat until clean [HAND CONTINUES TO WIPE DOWN OVEN DOOR UNTIL RESIDUE IS REMOVED]

– [VIEW CHANGES TO SHOW OVEN INTERIOR.]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Give the inside a final wipe down [HAND USES A CLEAN BLUE TOWEL TO WIPE DOWN INSIDE OF OVEN]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Replace the oven racks [HANDS REPLACE OVEN RACKS]

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Clean and sparkly! [SPARKLING EFFECTS APPEAR ON EDGE OF TEXT]

– [HAND CLOSES OVEN DOOR AND GIVES A THUMBS UP.]

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– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: Quick Fix

– [ONSCREEN TEXT]: allstate.com/blog

– [SOURCE LIST APPEARS OVER A BLUE BACKGROUND.]

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