6 Steps to a Sparkling Oven After the Holiday Season

The holiday season is finally over. It’s time to take down the lights, remove the tree, pack away the decorations and… clean the oven? Cleaning the oven is probably not the first chore you think about after the holidays, but it’s the ideal time to do it. After all, your oven has likely been working overtime these past few weeks as you cooked up all of your holiday favorites, from savory stuffing to sweet potato pie. There’s bound to be some spills, stains, or splatters that need to be cleaned up.

But before you reach for oven cleaner, spray cleaners, or even soap and water, we want you to know that there’s a more effective and safer way for you to clean your oven. It involves two simple ingredients that are probably sitting in your pantry right now: vinegar and baking soda. When it comes to destroying grease and gunk, nothing beats this dynamic duo.  

Follow these simple steps and you’ll see your oven go from grimy to gleaming, guaranteed.

Step 1: Gather the following materials:

  • 1 cup of water
  • A clean spray bottle
  • A small bowl
  • A cloth rag
  • A box of baking soda
  • A bottle of distilled white vinegar

Step 2: Remove the oven racks and soak them in the sink with a mixture of hot water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. After they soak for about 15 to 30 minutes, any grease or grime on the racks should be easily wiped away with a rag or sponge. Alternatively, you may be able to place them in the dishwasher, but check with your oven’s owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website to ensure the racks are dishwasher safe.

Step 3: Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in the bowl. You want to create a thick, spreadable paste. Once the mixture is at a good consistency, then spread the paste on the inside surfaces of the oven, including the oven window. As you spread it, you’ll notice that the baking soda will turn brown. Let the baking soda sit overnight, or at least 12 hours.

Step 4: The next day, wipe out as much of the baking soda as you can with a wet rag.

Step 5: Pour vinegar into the spray bottle. Spray the vinegar wherever you see baking soda residue. Then, wipe everything down with a clean, wet rag.

Step 6: Replace the racks and set the oven temperature to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes to allow for drying.

The post-holiday season is the perfect time to clean your oven. It’s also a good idea to follow the steps above every couple of months, or anytime you notice grime building up in your oven.

If you’ve decided that you need a new oven to take on the next year’s holiday cooking, then head over to Reno’s Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands known for reliability and durability like Amana, GE Appliances, and Frigidaire. You can even choose a self-cleaning model to make your life a bit easier. We also carry a full line of wall ovens and pro ranges.

Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.