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How often you should clean your oven — and the right way to do it

Does your oven stink up your kitchen every time you turn it on? It may be thanks to fallen crumbs that have been burnt to a crisp inside.

Fortunately, cleaning the oven doesn't have to be as intimidating as it may seem. With this step-by-step guide from green cleaning expert Leslie Reichert, you can face the music and learn how to clean an oven (which should be cleaned every three to six months). Don't worry, we're with you every step of the way!

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Materials

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar in a spray bottle
  • Water
  • Sponge

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the base of the oven with baking soda.
  2. Spray vinegar over the baking soda until it produces a light foam.
  3. Apply a paste of baking soda and water to soiled areas on the sides of the oven.
  4. Spray the applied paste with vinegar.
  5. Allow all this to sit overnight.
  6. Wipe clean in the morning!

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Additional tips:

If your oven has removable knobs, go ahead and toss those in the dishwasher. Non-removable knobs can be cleaned using a 50/50 solution of warm water and vinegar.

Clean oven racks in the sink or bathtub using a spray bottle of alcohol and a sponge. Spray baked-on grease with alcohol, then allow the racks to sit for a minute. Use the sponge to clean away residue and repeat as needed. Just make sure to do this in a well-ventilated room and away from open flames!

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