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How To Clean an Oven Without Harsh Chemicals

updated Jun 5, 2019
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Forget harmful oven cleaners: This two ingredient, all-natural recipe is great for more recent stains, like quickly cleaning up the lasagna spillage in your oven (and on your pans!).

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I know baking soda is a miracle compound, so I had pretty high expectations as to what this magical paste would do for my oven. The photo below is what I was hoping to tackle, but alas, this years-old stain was just too much for the simple recipe. Instead, I decided to go after a smaller incident that happened just a few days ago.

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What You Need


  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons coarse salt
  • Warm water


  • Small glass bowl
  • Scrubbing sponge
  • Superfine steel wool (optional)


1. In a small dish, combine 1/4 cup baking soda, 2 tbsp coarse salt and enough warm water to make a paste.

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2. Apply the paste to the stained area and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

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3. Wipe away the paste with a damp scrubbing sponge revealing your shiny new oven! If the debris is more than just a drip, you might have to pull out the superfine steel wool and put some real effort into it.

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Note: When covering the problem areas in your oven with paste, be sure to avoid any heating elements.

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