Cleaning your oven with baking soda and lemon works brilliantly: our two-step hack

This baking soda and lemon cleaning method will leave your oven clean, fresh and nicely fragrant for days, with no residue

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Our nifty trick of cleaning the oven with baking soda and a little lemon is a game changer for cleaning fanatics everywhere. So if you're in need of an oven cleaning method that will not only degrease your oven, but also leave it sparkling and fresh smelling, look no further.

While there are lots of tips online that use oven cleaning products or even vinegar, – both are effective – what no one seems to tell you is that they can leave a lingering smell that can then transfer onto your food the next time you use the oven...tasty. So give our natural cleaning hack a try (see below) and say yes to a lemon fresh kitchen and really clean cooking.

Find more great cleaning tips on our hub page and more specific oven cleaning hacks in our guide. 

Cleaning the oven with baking soda and lemon

For this two-step oven cleaning method, you will need baking soda and either two large fresh lemons or a bag of powdered citric acid. 

Step 1: 

Sprinkle the baking soda liberally all over and inside the oven. Add a little bit of water and, while wearing protective gloves, scrub vigorously with a scrubber. Let sit for five to 10 minutes.

Step 2: 

Squueze the fresh lemons into a large mixing bowl or bucket of warm water. If using citric acid, dissolve about 100 grams of the powder in the water. Start washing off the baking soda with a cloth or old towel. When all the buildup is gone, go over with the lemon water again – this will leave a fresh scent and give that sparkling, streak-free finish.