Food deposits and grease that accumulate in your oven and are not cleaned off regularly get baked over and over again, every time you use your oven. Over time, these deposits solidify and transform into potentially unhealthy black carbon deposits within your oven. The carbon deposits lend a slightly burnt and unappetizing flavour to cooked food. While you can use regular commercial oven cleaners to keep your home clean and get rid of the carbon deposits, you risk exposing yourself to corrosive chemicals like sodium hydroxide, butane and other harmful fumes from these cleaning agents. These chemicals can cause irritation to your eyes, skin and respiratory system. Baking soda is a non toxic, eco-friendly and cost effective alternative to caustic chemical oven cleaners. It can be safely and easily used to clean carbon deposits that line the interiors of your oven.
Prepare the baking soda solution and the oven for cleaning
Ensure that your oven is switched off. Remove the racks and trays from the oven and set them aside. Scrape off as much of the carbon deposit as you can with the help of a nylon brush. Prepare the cleaning solution by combining three teaspoons of baking soda with water in a large spray bottle. Close the spray bottle and shake it to thoroughly dissolve the baking soda in the water.
The application and cleaning process
Use your hands to spray on the baking soda and water solution over the carbon deposits. Let the mixture settle on the baked carbon deposits for a minimum of 30 minutes. With the help of a table knife, plastic pan scraper or a wallpaper scraper try scraping the carbon deposit out from the oven. Start by cleaning the interior of the oven door. If you notice the carbon deposits clinging to the end of your scraping tool, rinse away the residue with water and continue working. Once you have got rid of all the carbon deposits, wipe the entire oven interiors clean with a soft sponge or a damp cloth. Repeat the cleaning process until you have got rid of all the carbon deposits from your oven.
Handling tough carbon deposits
If you notice that certain carbon deposits are unwieldy and difficult to get rid of, do not use the baking soda spray solution. Instead prepare a wet paste by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with one teaspoon of water, and apply it directly on the carbon deposits. Leave the paste on the carbon deposits overnight. Scrape off the carbon deposits in the morning. If it still doesn’t yield, reapply more baking soda paste and leave for an extended period of time, until you are able to easily scrape off the carbon deposits from your oven.
You can also safely leave the baking soda in your oven while cooking, as this ingredient is totally safe and will not contaminate your food. In fact, baking soda is a main ingredient used in several recipes to bake cakes, cookies, pastries and several other food products.