It involves baking soda, water and a drop of dish detergent.
I don’t know about you, but the oven is the last thing about cleaning on a regular basis. It’s that red headed step child that is a 1000% neglected. I recently was baking some sweet potatoes and realized how much collects on the bottom from drips, spills and splatters. The only problem is I cannot stand the commercial oven cleaners. Actually, they irritate my lungs in such a way that spraying them takes my breath away. It’s part of the reason my oven goes by the wayside so often. Until now.
Cleaning your oven without those chemicals is easy, I make a paste of water and baking soda. This paste will be on the wetter side, with a continuous need to stir before use. I also add a few drops of my dish detergent to help with stubborn grease stains, but literally a few drops. The amount of water and baking soda varies on the job and what in the oven you are tackling. Today, that will be the entire oven. For me, we have a small oven. It’s outdated and I’m not entirely sure on what it’s size is, but truth be told it is smaller than the average oven.
I started by removing excess crumb and debris from the bottom of the oven. I removed the grates and took the door of my oven of the hinges (like I said, not very big). Using a spoon, I spooned out a generous amount of the baking soda mixture on the bottom of the oven. Using a paper towel I spread the mixture to have a semi thin film over the interior of the oven. I applied more over tougher stains and let it sit for about a half hour or until completely dried. I also too this opportunity to remove the burnt out light bulb and replace it with a working one.
After the mixture had dried on the interior of the oven, I used a warm to hot rag to remove the baking soda mixture. Another alternative is to take a spray bottle of vinegar and remove the film on the inside there will be a slight chemical reaction from the baking soda and vinegar mixing. I did have to apply a substantial amount of elbow grease on caked areas, but it was well worth the effort.
When all was said and done, I replaced the door, the oven grates and wiped it down with a dry paper towel followed by putting the oven on broil to burn off any possible excess I missed and to make sure my coils ran properly. It truly is the absolute one of the most inexpensive and easiest ways to clean your oven without harsh chemicals and volatile fumes.
The Naturalist Mom
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