Apparently 2017 is the year I got my cleaning groove on!
This weekend, I cleaned my oven (for the first time since we have lived in our house- embarrassing!), and I feel like I have a brand new oven.
When I rented in college, I was somehow always the person stuck cleaning the oven before check out. I tried oven cleaners, the self cleaning feature, and more, but still nothing worked well. I have despised cleaning ovens ever since, and that’s why I’ve avoided my own for so long.
Well, after last week, something happened that sent me over the edge. I was roasting brussels sprouts for dinner and a couple slid off, to land in the black abyss that was the bottom of my oven. As I cooked later that week, the stank of the brussels got worse and worse.
I decided it was finally time to tackle the beast.
I combined two methods to clean my oven, and I have to say: It wasn’t too bad (which in my world of cleaning = pretty good!). Finally, I found a system that works and I can guarantee my oven will get cleaned more than just once every couple years. 😉
I first used a method I found on kitchn.com. You can find it here. This method was a game. changer. It’s going to be my go-to way from here on out.
Step 1: Remove oven racks.
Step 2: Make a paste of 1/2 cup baking soda and a few tablespoons of water (3-5 Tbsp.).
Step 3: Coat the oven with the paste. Spread it all over the door and interior. I recommend using gloves for this part.
Step 4: Let the mixture sit on your oven overnight (or at least 12 hours) so the baking soda can do its thang.
Step 5: Clean oven racks. I also used kitchn’s advice for this job.
- Lay down towels in a bathtub to prevent the racks from scratching.
- Cover the racks with hot water.
- Add 1/2 cup of dishwasher detergent to the water.
- Switch it around and let it sit 4 hours or overnight.
- After soaking, use a brush or sponge to wipe off gunk.
- Add Bon Ami or Bar Keeper’s Friend to scrub off any remaining tough spots.
- Rinse and dry.
- Return to oven.
- I’m adding this step: Go back and clean your bathtub because it’s going to be NASTY after all of that grime is wiped off of the racks.
*I was very skeptical about this method doing anything to touch the nastiness on my oven racks, but after letting them sit overnight, all of the gunk (and I do mean ALL) literally just wiped off. Hallelujah!
Step 6: Wipe out the oven; Use a damp dish cloth to scrub and wipe the paste out.
Step 7: Put vinegar into a spray bottle and spray onto any baking soda residue in the oven. This will foam a little as the vinegar and baking soda react.
Step 8: Do a final wipe down to get any remaining foam.
Step 9: Replace oven racks.
Step 10: Go take a nap. You deserve it after tackling that whopper of a cleaning job! 🙂
A few notes:
My oven was so grimy that I actually did the baking soda/water paste twice. I scrubbed hard after the first round and it still didn’t get everything so I redid it, and that did help.
It’s not perfect, but now I’m not so intimidated to try it again. 🙂
Also, my friend Megan suggested using a Magic Eraser to scrub away the gunk. I knew my oven was too dirty right off the bat to go straight to this so I did all of the steps above and then used the Magic Eraser to work on the tough spots.
I’d never used a Magic Eraser before, and after that, I went and bought a value pack of them! Thank you for the tip, Megan!
I cleaned my cooktop, my walls, and my trim with one of those bad boys this weekend. I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on them for so long! They’re amazing!
When Travis looked at the oven after it was cleaned, he said, “Wow, I didn’t know that our oven racks were silver. I just thought they were supposed to be black.”
I’d say that is the sign of a successful cleaning job! 😉
Question of the Day: What is the “dreaded” cleaning job you have in your house?