If you have been putting off oven cleaning for a while now because you are afraid that the chemicals involved in the cleaning procedure might turn out to be health hazardous for you, its time you leave that excuse behind. Good old baking soda and water is all you will ever need to make your oven grime-free. As these ingredients are inexpensive and readily available in most household kitchens, you need not even step outdoors to find them anywhere. An oven is an appliance that you rely on heavily on a daily basis to cook your food or heat it up. Hence, reusing a dirty oven covered in grime is never a hygienic option.
Get the racks out
Racks need to be cleaned separately and hence the first step is to get them out of the oven. Fill up your sink with hot water and pour a few drops of regular dish cleaning soap solution in it. Carefully submerge the racks into the soapy water and leave-in for the time being. This will help soften the hardened grime that does not come out that easily.
Make a paste
Make a paste out of baking soda and water next. The consistency of the paste should not be too thick or else you won’t be able to spread it evenly over the insides of the oven. Adjust the quantity of baking soda in the mixture according to how tough the grime has set inside your oven.
Spread the paste inside the oven
Make sure you wear protective gloves before you try to spread the paste in every nook and corner of your oven because this job tends to get quite messy and the last thing you want is grime sticking inside your nails. Also, avoid putting the paste on top of the heating coil because that could give off a chemical reaction. After you have successfully covered the entire interior of the oven with the paste, leave it in for at least 12 hours or more. You will see the blackened food particles turning brown after a while. Once, they have considerably softened, take a damp cloth and wipe your oven to take out all the baking soda paste. You will notice the grime coming out along with it. Finally make a mixture with some vinegar and water and spray it all over the insides of the oven. This will react with the baking soda and become a foamy base which will help clean out any excess baking soda paste left behind.