Cleaning Appliances with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar are great for cleaning appliances and, chances are, you already have both products under your kitchen sink.

  • For stovetops, as soon as possible post-spill, dip a damp sponge in baking soda and wipe up the affected area.
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  • Clean the oven interior with a layer of baking soda powder moistened with water.
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  • In "The Country Almanac for Housekeeping Techniques," Richard Freudenberger and the editors of "BackHome Magazine" have collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning, gardening and home maintenance — as well as ways people historically saved on heating bills, prevented costly repairs and maintained a cozy, charming home with little besides ingenuity.
    Cover courtesy Fair Winds Press

Recent studies show that modern commercial household cleaners are causing serious health issues for individuals and their families. The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money (Fair Winds Press, 2012) by Richard Freudenberger and the editors of Back Home Magazine shows you how to keep a clean and healthy home for just pennies a day, using a collection of formula for effective cleaning, gardening, and home maintenance. Don’t just clean your household, get the longest life out of every item. The following excerpt describes how to clean household appliances with baking soda and vinegar.

Cost Savings
About $1 to $5.50 per treatment, depending on the appliance

Natural and nontoxic, chemical-free cleaning

Heat, steam, cooking odors, and perishable foods are bound to leave their mark on the kitchen, and especially on appliances. These tips for cleaning appliances will help your wallet and the environment.

Stovetops and Ovens Naturally

Range burner pans and stovetops are often the victims of spills and boilovers. It’s usually not practical to deal with such messes right away, but as soon as possible, wipe up the spill with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda. For sauces and oily spills, using sprinkled cornstarch in lieu of baking soda works well because of the absorbent qualities of cornstarch. The soiled paste can be wiped away easily once it has soaked up the spill.

Clean oven racks and drip pans outside the appliance, in the sink or a large tub. Baking soda and table salt, along with soap and water, work well on enameled pieces; the racks may need a steel pad if they are particularly soiled. Clean the oven interior with a layer of baking soda powder moistened with a water spray. Leave the paste on these surfaces for 8 hours or more, then wipe away with a moist cloth, using a plastic scraper if needed. Rinse thoroughly before using the oven. For stubborn stains, blend a mixture of 1 part borax with 2 parts baking soda—the alkalinity will help lift soil.

7/27/2018 3:37:08 PM

I used baking soda to clean the inside of the fridge. It did a great job, even cleaning sticky spills. And zero scratches.

9/7/2015 6:29:55 AM

Really nice! I was just thinking about some chemical-free cleaners - and baking soda is one of them! I will try it as soon as possible! Thank you! Greetings!

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