3. Put a large pot of boiling water on the bottom rack and a baking dish with a cup of ammonia on the top rack.
4. Close the door and let it rest overnight.
5. Open in the morning and remove the racks.
6. Air out the oven with the door open for 15 minutes or more.
7. Add a couple of teaspoons of dish soap to your leftover ammonia, plus a quart of warm water; mix.
8. Using plastic gloves, dip a scrubbing pad into the liquid and use it to wipe the remnants of grease out of your oven.
METHOD 2: WHITE VINEGAR + BAKING SODA
1. Empty your oven and remove racks.
2. Mix up your own cleaning solution of 1/2 cup of baking soda and some water (a few tablespoons should do the trick). You want to add enough water so that it becomes a paste.
3. Using gloves, spread the mixture all over the interior of the oven, taking care to avoid the heating elements.
4. Let it sit overnight or for a minimum of 12 hours.
5. Using a dampened cloth, wipe the mixture off (it will turn brown from the grease).
6. Spray white vinegar on any areas where it’s a challenge to remove the paste; the vinegar will react with the baking soda to loosen it up.
7. Continue to wipe down the appliance with water until the oven is clean.
THE DETAILS: TIPS + TRICKS
For oven racks: Remove them and spray with an oven cleaning product. Seal in large bags for around 30 minutes. Rinse them with warm water to get rid of the residue.
For the glass: Slightly dampen a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and wipe off any leftover grease.
Random spots: Treat little spots causing you major difficulty with some cleaning solution and a toothbrush. Need a little bit more help scrubbing? Invest in a cheap electric toothbrush to help you do some of the work.
The door: The inside glass on your door can get super icky, and the best trick is to wet a dishwasher detergent tablet with hot water and use it as you would a sponge.
For a polish: Cream of tartar — typically a baking ingredient — is the way to get an insane polish on your oven. Swipe it on and let it be for 10 minutes; rinse and it will look brand-new.
For hard-to-reach areas: Hate when crumbs get into the hinges of the oven? To remedy that, simply unscrew your door to get to those hard-to-reach areas.
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