Baking Soda as an Oven Cleaner?

Baking soda can be picked up for a pittance in most supermarkets but, is it any good as an oven cleaner?

Baking soda, as many of us know, is good for a lot of non-baking uses. It is used in toothpaste for teeth whitening; it has powered many a toy boat or submarine seen inside packets of breakfast cereal. Did you know that, alongside cola drinks, it can be used for oven cleaning?

Baking soda image by Anythings (via Shutterstock).
Loves the jobs you hate? Baking soda and vinegar has often been hailed as a good natural oven cleaner. Image by Anythings (via Shutterstock).

Coupled with spirit vinegar, bicarbonate of soda (or baking powder) can be an alternative to proprietary oven cleaners. Mixed into a paste with spirit vinegar, baking soda can clear the most stubborn stains. Make sure you have made enough to coat your oven with the stuff. On applying the vinegar and soda, leave to set for 15 to 30 minutes. Then wipe away, leave overnight and, hey Presto, a nice clean oven. No more caked in grease.

An old toothbrush?

You could use an old toothbrush as another way of shifting stubborn stains. Alternatively, you could go to your nearest Pound Shop and buy several cheap and cheerful ones. Or an own brand one: you could get a cheap own brand toothbrush for less than 50p.

A video clip

Enjoy this clip from the GiddyUp Workshop. In just four and a half minutes, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean your oven this way.


Do you think baking soda works wonders as an oven cleaner? What are your experiences with baking soda and spirit vinegar? Feel free to comment on this subject area.

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