In this post, I share how I cleaned my oven using baking soda and lemon juice.

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A quick, cheap and effective method for cleaning the inside of a dirty oven is to use a homemade baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda) solution. Adding lemon juice or vinegar to the baking soda solution helps to clean the oven even further.

  • To clean the inside of the oven, I prepared a thick paste consisting of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda), water and the juice squeezed from one lemon.

  • I used the back of a sponge to spread the baking soda solution all over the inside of the oven. Ideally the solution should be left overnight or 12 hours, but I left it in for 4 hours due to lack of time. The baking soda solution definitely did a brilliant job of cleaning the inside of my oven, although there were a few burnt on stains remaining. I believe another round of cleaning with the baking soda and lemon solution would completely remove the stains.

  • To clean the oven wire racks/shelves and the glass door, I filled a bath with hot water and lay a towel in the bath to prevent the wire racks and glass door from scratching the bath.

  • I added a few tablespoons of baking soda to the bath and squeezed lemon juice into the water for added cleaning and a pleasant aroma. I also added some liquid soap to wash the oven glass door and wire racks more thoroughly.
  • After 4 hours, I scrubbed the glass door using warm soapy water and a sponge and was able to scrub the yellow grime off the glass door with not too much effort.
  • To clean the wire racks, I also used a sponge and warm soapy water, but for the remaining stubborn stains on the wire racks, I used a metal scrub which cleaned the wire racks brilliantly.

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