Here's how to clean an oven with minimal effort – and only natural ingredients

Ditch the chemicals and discover how to clean an oven with minimal elbow grease

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Knowing how to clean an oven effectively may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but it is an essential skill if you want to get the most from your appliances and live in a hygienic environment. And if you regularly cook meat this is especially important, as animal fat has a tendency to build up quickly.  

And while some of the best ovens are now self-cleaning, the vast majority still require a degree of elbow grease to get the job done. Well, until you discover this method. Calling for nothing but a few natural ingredients, this clever cleaning hack requires minimal effort with your oven (yes, really) doing most of the work. Discover everything you need to know below...

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How to clean an oven without the elbow grease

In terms of materials, this cleaning hack requires nothing but bicarbonate of soda, water and white vinegar. 

From there, all you'll need are some clean cloths – perhaps have one with a rough edge to hand, just incase you discover some really tough grease – and an ovenproof bowl. Here's what you need to do:

1.  Start by combining bicarbonate of soda, water and white vinegar in an oven-proof bowl. You should see it start to bubble.

2. Take a sponge and roughly dab the inside of your oven with the solution, paying special attention to areas with a big build-up of grease.

3. Then, place the remainder of the solution in the ovenproof bowl on one of the shelves inside the window. 

4. Turn on the oven for up to 45 minutes at 100ºC. 

5. Once the time is up, you should find that the grease lifts away with minimal effort. You can also use a toothbrush to tackle tricky areas.

And if that doesn't work, we'd recommend browsing our pick of the best oven cleaners.

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