Make sure that your oven is cold. Not only do you not want to risk burning yourself, but you don't want the cleaning solution to splatter all over the kitchen when it hits the hot stove.
Place some newspaper or a drop cloth right under the stove. This will catch any drippings and save time on cleaning the kitchen floors.
Remove oven racks and let them soak in hot soapy water in the sink.
For an effective and chemical-free cleanser, in a bowl mix together equal parts baking soda and hot water until it forms a paste. If your stove is extra dirty, mix in an equal part of salt for added scrubbing power. You can also add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar or dish soap to the mixture.
For touch ups between major cleanings, fill a spray bottle with hot water and a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and shake well. Spray on grease spots once your oven has completely cooled. Wipe with a damp cloth after five minutes.
Put on some rubber gloves and begin applying the paste with a small brush, or toothbrush, to the entire interior of the stove, including the door. Let sit for about five minutes.
While the paste is doing its magic, scrub the oven racks with a sponge and dish soap to remove any tough bits of caked on food. Rinse thoroughly and set aside on the counter to dry.
With the toothbrush, or a small brush, begin scrubbing the interior of the stove to remove any stubborn grease spots. You may need to apply a little more paste and apply in a circular motion. With a damp cloth or sponge, begin wiping away the paste, making sure to remove all baking soda residue. Replace the oven racks.
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