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Photo Credit goes to Flickr User Karen Lee

Photo Credit goes to Flickr User Karen Lee

Yesterday, I tackled my oven door and let me just tell you it was grimy and gross. Honestly, I’m not sure how I let it get so yucky. However, it was nothing a little baking soda couldn’t remedy. Baking Soda is a great, non-toxic cleaner with numerous safe, effective uses.  Baking Soda performs so well as a cleaning agent because it is a mild alkali. When baking soda is fully dissolved in water it causes dirt and grease to break down, allowing for effective removal. Baking soda that is not fully dissolved can be used as a gentle scouring powder; this is a mildly abrasive method that will easily and gently lift dirt. The gentle cleaning properties of baking soda make it an ideal cleaner for glass, chrome, steel, enamel and plastic. Because baking soda is a natural, non-toxic cleaner it is safe for use around children and pets.

So friends, are you ready to hear the DIY blend for cleaning grime? Prepare yourself now, it’s a little scary how easy this is, drumroll please. You will need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Water

Yes, that is all! I mixed ½ cup of baking soda with water until it formed a runny paste. Apply paste to oven door and let sit for 30 minutes. I sprayed the dried paste with a little water and scrubbed to remove. It did involve some elbow grease, but my oven door is shiny clean. If you have any baking soda residue left behind spray it with a mixture of vinegar and water and wipe clean.

Photo Credit: www.cleanmama.net A great site to follow for nontoxic, natural cleaning.

Photo Credit: http://www.cleanmama.net
A great site to follow for nontoxic, natural cleaning.


Ocotno County, University of Wisconsin Extension (n.d.). Baking soda -The everyday miracle. Retrieved from http://oconto.uwex.edu/files/2011/02/baking-soda.pdf