Post-Holiday Kleening: Oven Edition

Beige and cream colored backsplash and countertop surround a kitchen sink overflowing with dirty dishes. Bottles of cleaner and plants are off to the side and back of photo.

Your oven probably worked as hard as you did this holiday season. From roasting the Thanksgiving turkey to the holiday ham, baking cookies and pies and all sorts of goodies in between. Give your oven a well-deserved kleening without harsh chemicals to remove any grime from the holidays! You'll need baking soda, vinegar in a spray bottle, a wet rag and a sponge. That's it!

Before cleaning the oven should be completely cooled. Remove the oven racks and soak in the kitchen sink in hot water with a 1/2 cup of vinegar. (If your oven racks don't fit in the kitchen sink you can soak them in the bathtub, be sure to place a towel underneath to avoid scratching your tub). If possible, allow soaking overnight. 

While the oven racks are soaking, make a baking soda paste. Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water to form a paste. Spread the paste inside the oven on the base and along the walls,  avoiding the heating elements. (Hint: It's normal for the paste to turn brown). Leave the paste to sit overnight.

Use a wet rag to wipe up as much of the paste as possible. This is a great time to use your Range Kleen Scrape and Kleen to scrape paste residue. Spritz remaining paste with vinegar. 

Wipeout remaining vinegar and baking soda residue. Give the oven racks a light scrub with a scrubbing sponge, rinse with water and return to them to the oven.

Check out the Range Kleen reusable, trimmable Oven Liner to make kleening your oven even easier next time!              

Whitney Bashaw

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