I got my newest edition of Martha Stewart Living the other day and was very interested in the article on oven cleaning using baking soda. I gave it a shot thinking it would be a good, less fume producing way to clean my oven. So I mixed together the 3/4 cup Baking Soda and 1/4 cup warm water and applied the mixture to my dirty oven.
I followed the instructions exactly and when I came back the next morning to scrap off the baking soda I was excited to see the results. My oven was made in probably about 1920 and is gas, so it can get dirty quick. I normally use generic oven cleaner, which does a great job, I just hate inhaling the fumes and having to rinse 3 or 4 times. The baking soda mixture did an okay job getting the grease off. My oven is cleaner than it was previously, but not as clean as if I had used oven cleaner. If I had applied the Baking Soda paste another time, it might be as clean as using oven cleaner. It just seems a little too time consuming of a cleaning task for my taste, but I do like that it's healthier than traditional cleaning agents.
The instructions on the Martha Stewart website use the addition of a 1/4 cup of Salt, which might work better, I haven't tried that method. For the detailed instructions visit Oven Cleaning Method.