Ick, you went to roast some potatoes and noticed that your oven is covered with a layer of thick and greasy slime. (That’s what you get from months and months of whipping up delicious recipes from scratch.)

But before you hit auto clean--which cranks the oven temp way up, likely setting off your smoke alarm--hear us out. There’s a better way.

What you need: Vinegar, baking soda, water, a damp rag and one of those handy little spray bottles.

What you do: Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and water until it forms a paste. Remove the oven racks and spread it all over the interior of your oven (steer clear of any heating components) to give it a nice even coat. Let it sit overnight.

Then what? In the a.m., use a damp rag to wipe off the paste. Then fill your spray bottle with vinegar and spritz it over any remaining baking soda. This will cause a reaction and it will foam (yay, science!) so you can really give your oven a good wipe-down.

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