Top tips for cleaning the oven

The first ever oven was built in the 15th century and it worked with woods. Since then, the industry had a huge development, so much that now there are plenty of different types of oven: conventional, gas-powered, electric and so on.  We spend most of our time at home in the kitchen and we all love family dinners with healthy meals prepared in the oven. But I’m pretty sure that no one likes to clean the mess and especially the oven from all the grease gathered inside. Read on to discover top tips for cleaning the oven to make your life easier.

Professional products

By far, the most accessible option is the use of professional cleaning products which do all the work for us. They are very handy, budget-friendly and fast in action. Not to mention the availability: you can find it everywhere. You can cook right away after having cleaned your oven with eco-friendly solutions. Just heat up the oven for max 30 minutes after using commercial products to clean it. Remember: never clean a self cleaning oven with a commercial product.

White Vinegar

This is a great ally when it comes to removing all the grease stains from the bottom of the oven. This happens because vinegar is very acidic and it acts really fast. You first need to remove the grates and all the loose debris inside. Then you need to place a large baking dish filled with water and half a cup of white vinegar. Heat the oven at the maximum temperature ( 350 degrees max) and let the water boil, steam and work in your favor. You will soon start to see the results.

Baking Soda

I’m sure you already know that baking soda is the go-to ingredient for literally everything. Ovens make no exception.  For best results, combine 3/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup warm water and mix it until it turns into a spreadable paste. Double the quantities if necessary. Apply this paste on the inside ( consider wearing some rubber gloves) and leave it overnight to work. Make sure you cover all the greasy spots. In the morning, wipe off the paste with a damp towel  and you will discover a brand new and shiny oven. No need to worry, baking soda can be used to clean conventional ovens, both gas and electric ones, even the microwaves.


Most of modern ovens come with a self-cleaning feature. You need to have in mind that this  can present a fire hazard. While it is very useful, make sure you don’t let your oven self-clean overnight. NEVER! It needs to be supervised as it produces smoke and eliminates carbon monoxide while all the dirt and grease heats. So it is best to use this feature while supervising the oven.

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