I found this helpful hint on Pinterest as to how to clean your oven without the super smelly and caustic oven cleaners. I pinned it and I just got a chance to try it out. Here's the Link: http://www.newsner.com/en/2014/10/i-used-to-hate-it-but-now-i-wont-have-to-worry-about-cleaning-the-oven-ever-again-this-is-so-brilliant/
Full disclosure, the baking soda did a fair job at scrubbing off some of the curd. I inherited this stove with the house and it was not in good condition when I got it. I am use to a self-cleaning oven and so I hate doing this! So I definitely let this get out of hand. I also used baking powder with the vinegar on the door and window. That's the combo that your kids use in a volcano project to make it erupt. This combo makes it fizz and really gets things to loosen up!!! After all of that, I still wasn't happy, plus the racks needed cleaning. So I resorted to my go to when things are REALLY dirty and I have tried everything else! I got out the Dollar Tree cleaner called Awesome (which lives up to its name) and a Brillo pad. This final step got a good bit more off. The Awesome and Brillo also did a fantastic job on the racks! More on that later.
I would say, if you keep up with your oven and/or you have a self-cleaning oven that can't have regular oven cleaners used in it, I would use this technique.
After this experience, I have come to two conclusions. First, this is as clean as my oven will ever be. Second, I need a new stove with a self-cleaning oven because this is just too much on my back!
Now, for the racks. Here are a few pictures of the racks. I'm not sure you can tell just how good they came out.
Left is the clean one and Right is the dirty one.