Hint: It's already sitting in your pantry.
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Growing up, my mother made kitchen clean-up seem like a snap. Dishes would disappear after dinner, leftovers stowed away, and the table, counters, and stovetop would be Windex-ed. Every time.

Now that I have my own kitchen, I see it is in fact, not such a ‘snap'. In fact, it is quite the chore just to regularly load and unload the dishwasher so that surprise guests do not see a kitchen sink filled to the brim with Tupperware, à la college dorm style.

So for me, cleaning the oven door is up there with…dusting the baseboards. Just not all that likely this weekend. Or next. Or next.

It's hard to say what all that caked-on ick even is on the door. But boy, what a difference getting it off can make. It's like a kitchen makeover, without the debt and frustration.

So start by rifling through the pantry for some spare baking soda (or steal from the box in the fridge.) Mix with water in a dish so that it forms a paste thin enough to spread. Then spread it all over the inside of the oven door and let sit for about 15-20 minutes. (Use this time to give the cooktop a little TLC. Or go start a new episode—you earned it.) Come back with a damp cloth and wipe up the paste—the grime should easily wipe away with it.

There you have it! A spic-and-span oven, ready for your next round of holiday baking, make-ahead casseroles, or whatever else you throw its way.

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Did you know there are also about 100 other ways to put baking soda to use at home? Give the other appliances a little love by running the dishwasher or coffeemaker on an empty cycle with baking soda. Or clean grills, patio cushions, even your hairbrush.