Oven cleaning tips with baking soda and vinegar

Ready to bake your favourite foods but always ditch the idea last minute because of how hard it is to clean the oven? Well say less as we might have a solution that is super effective, does not interfere with your routine once you get it done, and is easy to do. No more worrying about stubborn stains as you can get them out swiftly and effectively. Using baking soda and a little vinegar is a technique that has been used by a lot of people but we want to bring it to the eyes of more. All the pesky burnt food bits and elbow grease would be easier than ever to clean after today!

If you want to make sure you have the oven clean and ready to go for all the get-togethers, follow the technique we have for you today. In this blog, we will be learning about what baking soda and white vinegar can do and how you can make the best of these ingredients to have a clean oven.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!

The Science Behind Cleaning Ovens With Baking Soda & Vinegar

Nursery school is the first place where you start to learn about chemical reactions specifically involving baking soda. Baking soda is basically sodium bicarbonate which reacts with the hydrogen ions released by white vinegar and results in 2 new compounds; carbonic acid and sodium acetate.

Then there is a second reaction as well where decomposition takes place. The carbonic acid which is just produced decomposes into water and carbon dioxide. This causes bubbles and foam to rise.

The combination of these powerful chemicals and the reaction they have together is what allows you to clean the oven effortlessly by quickly breaking down the elbow grease and food debris. You don’t have to use the oven’s self-cleaning function anymore as it is known to harm the lifespan of the appliance over the long term due to high temperatures.

So, whether it is the oven door or the oven racks, you will not have a problem cleaning them along with the rest of the oven.

Now that we understand what the reaction is, let’s talk about how often your oven needs cleaning.

How Often Should You Clean Your Oven With Baking Soda Paste

You need to ask this question to yourself. How often do I use my oven? If you are an oven officiant using the machine almost all the time, then a deep clean is due every 3 months. 3 months is the right amount of time it takes for your oven to collect enough food residue and food particles that it starts to affect the quality of the food you make in it. Not to mention the smell inside that gets into the food you cook.

However, if you don’t use your oven super regularly and have a very recreational use with it, you can clean it after 6 months and it won’t be a problem at all. Now since you are going to be doing the cleaning around 2 to 4 times a year depending on your use, you need to make sure you do it well.

How to clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar

You need to gather seven tablespoons of baking soda, 200ml of vinegar, and 4 tablespoons of hot water. You can make the paste from baking soda and water. Make sure the paste has a spreadable consistency depending on how much water you add. You can do this in a bowl and wear gloves to be able to use your fingers to mix properly.

Mixing by hand will allow you to have a picture that is evenly spread with all the ingredients in the desired proportions throughout the spreadable paste. If you have a larger oven, you may even consider doubling or even tripling the proportions of the baking soda paste to accommodate the entire surface area.

Remove everything from the oven

In this step, you need to remove everything from the oven including oven racks and any debris or food bits that may be inside at the bottom of the oven. The bigger pieces are easier to remove as compared to the little ones that are stuck to the bottom. You can leave the little ones for now as we will deal with them later.

Prepare your vinegar

To prepare your vinegar, all you have to do is put it inside a spray bottle. This way you can easily spray vinegar without having to worry about leakage or waste. The idea to spray white vinegar is great as you can cover the surface area easily.

Applying the baking soda paste

The baking soda paste needs to be applied thoroughly throughout the insides of the oven. Wear rubber gloves and use a non-scratch sponge to spread the paste evenly throughout the oven. Make sure you use your fingers to get into every nook and cranny. The rubber gloves kind of act as a spatula in order to get to every corner and really work the paste into the elbow grease. you have to make sure you don’t apply any paste on the heating elements. That is the one thing you need to avoid.

Work the hard-to-get area with stubborn stains properly so they can be dealt with with ease after. You will notice the paste will start to get brown as it breaks the oven grease. Cleaning oven grease is about to become super easy.

Leave overnight

This is better than using the self-cleaning oven feature which also takes some time. Some of the baked-on grease will need some extra wiping when you are rubbing the paste on so make sure it’s done properly. Cover the inside of the oven glass door and leave it open with the rest of the oven overnight. The breaking soda paste will start to work its magic and the stains will start to break down.

Letting the paste sit for 12 hours will get you the best results. While the picture does its job, you can get on with the rest of your daily routine or get a good night’s sleep in the process. The beauty of this method is that most of the work is done by baking soda and you don’t have to do a lot.

Wipe the oven clean

Now that you have waited and let it sit overnight, it is time to put your gloves back on and take a damp cloth and start wiping the insides along with the oven door. You won’t need to use harsh chemicals after this. The damp cloth allows you to let the debris stick to it while you clean and the wetness inside it gives you a clean wipe across the board. You can use a spatula to get all the baking soda residue. Make sure you wipe the entire oven from the inside for a proper deep clean.

The oven’s interior will look nice and you will have a sparkling clean oven at the end. All the baked-on grease will come off easily as this is the best cleaning solution for you. You can use paper towels to wipe it as well. The paper towels will help in collecting and disposing of the debris properly.

Final Clean

The final clean involves white vinegar. You can put the vinegar in a spray bottle and spray all the insides of the oven. This is the reaction we talked about at the start. It will knock even the hardest to get stains loose and you will be able to get all of it easily. Not only will the bubbles from the reaction get the leftover grime out but will also identify any residual paste automatically and get it cleaned.

This will clean your oven quickly. As you can see this process was a matter of a few hours of work. Removing grease has never been easier and this is one of the best cleaning methods you can use. Baking soda is a magical cleaning paste and you can start using it today and begin cleaning. The loose build-up has never been easier to clean.

Final wipe down

Take a cloth and wipe away any foamy areas you may see inside the oven. Once that is done, your oven will look new and clean. You can save the kitchen floor as well. Just keep a dustbin near you. All the particularly greasy areas will be clean now.

How To Clean The Oven Racks

To clean the oven racks you will need the following

  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Warm Water
  • Small Bowl

Once you have all these things, pour them inside a bottle that you can use to spray. Do whatever measurement you think would work best for you. Once the ingredients are inside and mixed well with warm water, you can screw a sprayer on top.

Prepare a bath of hot water and keep it on standby. Spray the oven racks thoroughly with your spray and let them rest for a few minutes before submerging them in water. Let them sit in the water bath for a few hours and wipe them clean once you take them out. The oven racks will be as clean and sparkly as the first day you got them.

Sometimes using a natural alternative to all the oven cleaners available can be one of the great oven-cleaning hacks. Simply sprinkle baking soda and you are good to go. Soda and vinegar are the best combo you will find anywhere. After all, soda and vinegar are proven to show results!

Your oven walls are going to be cleaner than ever now and the cleaning paste does all the magic. This step-by-step guide is perfect for a good scrub. Say goodbye to harsh chemicals and say hi to baking soda and vinegar. Let’s give your heating elements the treatment they deserve.


As you can see, using vinegar in combination with baking soda is by far the easiest and most effective way of cleaning your oven. The fact that you don’t have to do a lot, says a lot. So, what are you waiting for? Start cleaning your oven today!

For further information, please visit the FAQs section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you combine baking soda and vinegar for cleaning?

They are commonly used household cleaners to eliminate dirt and keep surfaces clean. Because vinegar is on opposite ends of the pH scale, it is possible to combine these two ingredients to make a good cleaning solution.

How do you clean an oven with baking soda and vinegar and Dawn?

A mixing pot is essential as is rubbing a sponge. It only takes one ingredient to make this easy cleaning in the oven easy. 1 cup soap for cooking Dawn. 1-1/4″ baking soda. One-fourth cup of vinegar.

What is the ratio of vinegar and baking soda for cleaning?

You need 7 tablespoons of baking soda, 200ml of vinegar, and 4 tablespoons of hot water. Baking soda and hot water can be used to make the paste while the vinegar is sprayed afterwards to get the reaction going with the baking soda.