How to Clean an Electric Oven and Hot Plate

Updated February 21, 2017

Cleaning the oven is a necessary household chore requiring regular completion to prevent burnt-on stains and food spillages, which are a challenge to remove. Divide the oven into sections when cleaning and utilise your time well to not prolong the task. You do not have to spend money on expensive oven cleaners and industrial-strength chemicals, as you can use nontoxic household items to clean the electric oven and hotplate.

Turn off the electric oven before cleaning the oven and hotplate. Ensure all surfaces are cooled.

Put on a pair of rubber gloves. Cleaning the oven is always going to be a messy job.

Fill the bathtub with about 5 inches of hot water and 5 tbsp dish soap. You will require enough hot water to cover the oven racks.

Remove the oven racks and place them in the bathtub of soapy water. Allow the racks to soak while you are cleaning the rest of the oven.

Mix 1 cup baking soda with a little water in a bowl to form a thick paste. Rub the baking-soda paste onto the surfaces of the oven interior and hotplate with a nonabrasive scouring pad. Allow the baking-soda paste to sit for a few minutes.

Pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar into an empty spray bottle. Spray the vinegar onto the baking-soda paste and work into the surfaces again with the scouring pad. Let the baking soda and vinegar soak while you tackle the racks.

Scrub the oven racks in the bathtub with the nonabrasive scouring pad until clean. Rinse the racks with clean water and allow to air-dry.

Wipe away the baking-soda and vinegar solution from the oven interior and hotplate with a lint-free absorbent cloth. Wring the cloth with clean water and wipe away any residue.

Wipe the oven interior and hotplate with a dry lint-free absorbent cloth.

Replace the racks.


Use baking soda and vinegar for everyday household cleaning tasks as they are natural cleaning products. Rinse the bathtub after cleaning the oven racks. The racks may leave a greasy residue.


Do not mix vinegar with store-purchased cleaning products that contain bleach, as the combination produces toxic fumes.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Bowl
  • Nonabrasive scouring pad
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Lint-free absorbent cloths
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Chris Simon began writing articles and fiction in 1988. His work has appeared in Science Fiction and Fantasy World Horror Writers U.K and "Flashlight."