Cleaning an Oven with Vinegar and Bicarbonate of Soda

You will need

  • A bottle of any type of Vinegar
  • Bicarbonate of Soda / Baking Soda
  • Spray Bottle
  • Microfibre Cloth
  • Sponge
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic or Wooden Spatula


  1. Empty the oven completely, setting any trays, racks, and oven dishes aside in a sink of hot water and washing up liquid. Leave to soak all day if you can.
  2. Scrape out any crumbs or burnt bits of food in the oven with a spatula.
  3. mix seven tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda with three tablespoons of water until you have a spreadable cleaning paste. You are going to be spreading this paste all over the inside of your Oven, so if you need to make more, please do so.
  4. Whilst wearing your rubber gloves, coat the inside surfaces with a sponge, using your hands and fingers to really get the paste into every nook and cranny. Pay extra attention to particularly greasy areas. As you rub in the paste, you’ll notice it will turn a brownish colour from the grime it is absorbing, so make sure your hands, arms and clothes are protected. Warning: make sure to steer clear of the heating elements when applying the paste.
  5. Leave the paste inside the Oven for at least 8 hours.
  6. Put your rubber gloves back on and take a damp cloth and wipe out the dried paste as good as you can. Use a plastic or wooden spatula to scrape the paste out of hard-to-reach corners.
  7. Spray your vinegar onto the inside oven surfaces. The chemical reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda will produce foam and bubbles, which will loosen the leftover grime and identify any residue of paste.
  8. Take a damp dishcloth and wipe down any remaining foamy areas of the oven. Spray and wipe away the vinegar until your oven looks as clean as new. Don’t forget the glass doors.
  9. Dry the racks and trays and place them back in the oven.