Chemical-Free Way to Clean an Oven

Author: Lauren Ross


Nobody’s kitchen is perfect, unless it’s in a model apartment – but let’s be real, no one lives in those. Kitchens become messy when someone is cooking in them. And if spills are left unattended, they create a caked on mess of burnt grime that is almost impossible to scrape off.

Having a self-cleaning oven in your home is useful when you don’t have the time to scrub it clean. However, in my experience, self-cleaning ovens take a long amount of time to clean, and make the space extremely warm and uncomfortable.

Cleaning chemicals also work, but the smell is just unbearable. Because apartments are typically small, fumes from the solutions can easily disperse throughout the rooms. It’s recommended to clean your oven about every three to six months. If you want a “green,” chemical-free way to disinfect, follow these step-by-step instructions:

You’ll need the following items:

  • Rubber cleaning gloves
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Wash cloth
  • Non-metal spatula
  • White vinegar


Step 1: Remove everything from the oven, including racks, cookie sheets, and anything else you might store in the oven when it’s not in use.

Step 2: Prepare the baking soda paste. Mix ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup water in a bowl, stir to form paste.

Step 3: Generously apply paste throughout the oven. With gloves on, spread the paste over all grimy parts you see, avoiding the coils. It’s normal if the paste turns brown and lumpy.

Step 4: Let paste set overnight. That way, you can easily clear away any grime and grease spots.

Step 5: Thoroughly wipe the oven. After the paste has had a chance to set, wipe the insides with a damp wash cloth. The paste will have probably dried out, but should wipe up easily with a wet towel. Use spatula to scrape off remaining residue.

Step 6: Spray vinegar. Use a spray bottle filled with vinegar to clean the oven walls. Any residue remaining from the previous step will bubble when the vinegar touches it.

Step 7: Do a final wipe down. With your damp cloth, wipe down the oven one final time to remove any grease and burnt food particles.

Step 8: Inspect and replace racks.

Vinegar blended with baking soda is an excellent “green” solution to use around your apartment for cleaning purposes.