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An oven is quite helpful in the household, but you will need regular cleaning to maintain it so that you get to keep it for a longer time. After using your oven, you may realize that it gets dirty due to food spills and may get stubborn stains and hard to remove even after scrubbing or while you are trying to clean them off. Baking soda effectively removes these stubborn stains and is very easy to use since many people access it at affordable pricing.
Although baking soda helps clean your oven, you may realize that it dries down to leave behind a dusty white residue. When you have these residues, the appearance of your oven may not be appealing at all, requiring you to do some extra cleaning to achieve your usual shiny look. I will discuss some of the methods that will give you tips on what you may need to do if you find yourself in such a case and have no idea what to do.
The methods are as follows:
Plain warm water
In this method, we will see how it will help you get rid of baking soda in your oven. First of these are what you will need:
- Warm water.
- A clean sponge or a clean piece of cloth.
- Get a bowl of warm water.
- Dip your clean sponge or use a clean piece of cloth, soak it in the warm water.
- Now you are going to squeeze out the excess water from the sponge or cloth.
- After doing that, you will gently scrub your oven in the area that has baking soda residues. You have to make sure that you are not putting any extra pressure while you are doing this.
- You are going to do this until you are satisfied that the residue is entirely off.
- If you want to know that all is off, try running your bare hands on the oven, your hands will feel smooth over the surface, but if the feeling is rough, then it means that the baking soda residues are still there.
- Keep doing this procedure until you are sure all the residues are off and the results are what you were looking for at the beginning of your cleaning.
- Now, after the above procedure, you can go ahead and use a clean and dry piece of cloth to wipe your oven-dry before you close it for future use.
Water and liquid dishwashing soap
Here I am going to show you another great way to remove the stubborn residues of baking soda from your oven. The following is what you will need to have:
- Dishwashing soap
- Clean plain water
- A clean cloth
After ensuring that you have the above requirements, here are the steps that you will need to follow to achieve the best results;
- In a clean bowl, you are going to mix your dishwashing soap with water.
- Mix until the solution is foamy; this is when you will know that it is well mixed.
- Using a clean rag or a piece of cloth, you will dip it in the solution noting that you are not soaking it too wet.
- Now use this cloth to wipe out the baking soda residues
- Continue to do this same procedure until you are sure that all the stains are off your oven.
- Afterwards, you will wipe it down using a clean, dry piece of cloth, or you can even use a paper towel.
- Repeat the process several times if you are still noticing that there are still some stains.
Use warm water and vinegar
You may be already aware that vinegar is perfect for removing stains from baking soda residues. If you have not been getting the right results that you are looking for using the above methods, then this is the time that you should consider using this method instead.
What you will require in this method;
- Clean water
- A neat piece of cloth or a rag
- Spraying bottle
In this method, I am going to explain to you how you are going to use vinegar to get rid of baking soda residues;
- In a clean spray bottle, mix the vinegar with water. Equal parts of each.
- And then, you are going to spray this solution carefully, targeting the areas that have residues.
- Let this solution sit in your oven for a while to let the magic happen.
- After a while, use a piece of cloth to wipe down the solution as your oven will be left clean free from the stains; make sure that the rag is completely dry before you start wiping with it.
- If you are not satisfied with the results, you can repeat the steps several times until it is to your liking.
- Let the oven sit open for a while before closing it.
Use plain vinegar
If you realize that mixing vinegar with water does not do a fantastic job, it is time for you to try using vinegar that you have not mixed with water and see how it will work for you. Here is what you are going to need to do your oven cleaning;
- A spray bottle
- White vinegar
- A clean rag or a cloth
After gathering all that you will need in your cleaning, these are the steps that you are going to follow;
- In a clean spray bottle, you are going to add your undiluted vinegar.
- After which, you are going to spray this onto the areas that you see have residues.
- Please leave it to sit for a few minutes.
- You will notice that the solution will start foaming, but you do not need to worry because this will be a reaction that is going to take place.
- Vinegar usually reacts with baking soda, and it is during this process, neutralization takes place, resulting in foam. It dissolves the stains that will form a solution that will be easy to wipe off.
- With a clean damp cloth or a rag, wipe down this solution on your oven.
- You can continue to do this process several times until you achieve your desired results.
- At this stage, you are going to leave your oven open, and the purpose is to allow it to air dry as it will be clean and free from stains.
Heat a pan of plain water in the oven.
Sometimes you need to do the bare minimum, which in the end will help you a long way. In this method, we will discuss one of the ways that will help you quickly get rid of the baking soda residues in your oven.
Here is what you are going to need;
- Clean water.
- A clean oven proof pan.
- A piece of cloth.
And you are going to follow the below steps;
- Fill a pan with plain water.
- Place this pan in the oven that has the residues.
- Close it and turn the oven on to medium heat for 30 minutes.
- The steam coming out of the water inside the oven will make the baking soda dissolve in it.
- After doing that, now you will use a clean piece of cloth or a clean dry, but make sure that it is dry. Use it to wipe off the solution until it is dry. Remember the oven will be hot!!
- If you still notice the residues, repeat the procedure until you are satisfied with the results.
- After your oven is clean, ensure that it is all dry before closing it.
At this point, I feel like I have broadly explained to you all the methods that can help you at home when you are planning to keep your oven clean and especially free from baking soda residues. It is good to ensure that you feel with your hands when deep cleaning if you are completely getting rid of the baking soda. If you think the surface is rough, then it means that some of it are still on the oven, but when the feeling is smooth, you have cleaned all the baking soda residues.
It is straightforward to get rid of stains resulting from your previous cleaning using baking soda. I will encourage you to follow the above steps if you completely do not know what to do when you encounter such a problem. You should try on these methods as they are straightforward to learn and follow as they are self-explanatory and what you will require can be easily found in your kitchen and if not then in all the stores near you.
It would be best to consider using other methods to clean your oven from food spills, stains, odours, and general cleaning. Learn different ways that may not need you to use baking soda, as this may give you another task of getting rid of the stains and residues that it may leave behind. Always make sure that you are using enough water when wiping out these residues. This will help you avoid leaving behind marks or stains.