How to clean a REALLY dirty oven


This is the industrial-strength rendition of my hasstle free oven cleaning post. Trust me: the inside of your  oven door could look like it was painted with Cuprinol, several times over, and  this would still make it look like new.

For this heavy-duty version, you will need:

  • Liberal quantities of bicarbonate of soda.
  • Water.
  • A bowl.
  • A cloth.
  • A wallpaper scraper.

Yes, that is all! I don’t use the supermarket  bicarbonate of soda, which comes in small pots in the home baking section;  instead, I buy bicard in bulk because I put the  stuff to various uses.

This is what you need to do:

  1. Mix the bicarb and water into a thin paste.
  2. Smear the paste across the oven door/walls, using the cloth to ensure an  even distribution.
  3. Leave for at least 30 minutes. Those tacky brown stains will begin to soften  and melt.
  4. Remove stains, using the wallpaper scraper. Afterwards you can rinse the  scraper under the tap – the bicarbonated brown/black gloop will simply fall off – and return it to its rightful place in the garden shed.

Your oven will be clean and sparkling within minutes! Also, you can avoid the  breathing difficulties and expenses associated with the powerful chemicals that  purport to do the same job. I always used to feel a little uncomfortable  about cooking food in an oven that I had daubed with stinking chemical  nasties. But the bicarb doesn’t pong, and rinses off easily.

One Response to How to clean a REALLY dirty oven

  1. TheDuke says:

    Great Do it yourself projects site!

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