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Believe It or Not Oven Cleaner

Believe It or Not Oven Cleaner

Q: How can I clean the oven without using conventional oven cleaner? I never seem to be able to rinse the oven cleaner out of the oven enough, and the taste of it gets into the turkey! –Nancy P., ME

A: Mmmm. Yum. Roast Turkey la Oven Cleaner. I remember that taste from years ago, and I agree that it can seem almost impossible to rinse the cleanser out enough so that it doesn’t flavor whatever one is cooking in the oven.

Most people can hardly believe that all I use for cleaning the oven is baking soda and water, and that the project requires no scrubbing. I suppose we have all been so brainwashed by household products companies that we mistakenly believe we require powerful chemicals for cleaning. But most people don’t know that simple household minerals such as baking soda can clean like magic. The key is using enough of the mineral.

To clean my oven, I sprinkle baking soda all over the bottom until it is covered completely with about 1/4 of an inch of baking soda. Then, using a clean spray bottle, I spray the baking soda with water until the baking soda is thoroughly damp but not flooded. After that, this lazy cleaner goes off and does other things. When I think of it, I dampen the baking soda again if it is drying out. Before I go to bed, I do that again.

When I wake up in the morning, the baking soda can effortlessly be scooped out of the oven with a sponge, bringing all the grime with it. That’s it! The only downside is that you need to rinse out the white residue left by the baking soda, but it sure beats Turkey La Oven cleaner because there are no fumes!

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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8:17AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

another good idea, thanks

6:14AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Same way I do it now. I used to turn on the self clean oven but it takes so long and all I could see was dollar bills for the electric cost.

1:15AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

thank you!

8:21AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

thanks for sharing

1:58AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

thanks for sharing

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8:30PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Great idea, I will try this. Thanks so much

6:58PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Lovely !!!

9:21AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Is there anything that baking soda can't clean?!! ;-)

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