Is There a Way to Clean A Filthy, Greasy Oven?
We all hate seeing our oven dirty and all greasy. However, it’s inevitable – we use the appliance every day, so it’s bound to gather up grease and dirt. Add the high temperatures and it’s a recipe for disaster. Cleaning it is even worse. Apart from the fact that we rarely have the time, the inefficiency of commercial cleaners is simply astounding. Plus, they’re toxic for the environment and your family, so they’re not exactly a perfect solution.
The good news is that there are many natural ways of cleaning your dirty oven. Many natural non-toxic ingredients can be combined to remove dirt and grease with ease without harming you or the environment. Don’t think it works? Continue reading.
The Power of Baking Soda
All you need to clean your oven in a non-toxic way is baking soda. You’ve probably heard all about the cleaning power of baking soda. If you didn’t believe it until now, we’re here to show you that it can remove burnt-on food like nothing else.
Now, if you google the baking soda oven cleaning recipe, you’ll find that it involves baking soda and water only. However, this mix doesn’t work as good as it works when you add salt. Salt makes the mix all the more powerful, ideal for making your oven look like new.
How to Use the Baking Soda Mix to Clean Your Oven
The preparation and use of this mix is quite simple. Remove the oven racks and soak them in water – you’ll clean them in the end with the same paste.
With the racks out of the way, let’s get to work. Mix baking soda, salt, and water to form a paste. Start with a small amount (1/2 a cup for example) and adjust the ingredients as you see fit. You’re good as long as you get a paste.
Now, spread the paste all over your oven – pay special attention to the burnt-on food. Don’t be afraid to apply a thick layer of the paste. Leave it on overnight or at least a few hours if you can’t wait for so long.
Now for the elbow grease part. Take a sponge and dip it in warm water, then start scrubbing. You don’t need to scrub hard. Light pressure and circular movements should be enough. Although the mix won’t scratch your glass, don’t scrub the glass too hard. Wash the sponge after a while, then repeat the process step-by-step until your oven is squeaky clean.
As Good as New!
There you go – your oven will look bright and shiny once again! You’ll see the results after a few scrubs – even the burnt-on stains should disappear quickly. You may find variations of the recipe online which include baking soda and lemon juice, but trust us – this one works better.
The salt gives the paste scrubbing power while baking soda dissolves the burnt stains. Try this non-toxic paste yourself and you will never clean your oven with those toxic commercial products ever again!