Spring Clean your Oven

Spring Clean your Oven

Spring clean your oven; Below is a completely safe, natural and effective way to clean your oven — no harsh chemicals and no high-heat auto-cleaning with smoke detector funny business. It takes a little time and some elbow grease, but the payoff is well worth it. Plus, you most likely have everything you need to take on this project already in your cupboards.

If you’ve recently moved into a house or have neglected your oven for some time, then the oven may be coated with a black, sticky grime, burnt on food as well as numerous other residue. It may look as if someone has roasted a dozen whole chickens without using a pan.

Obviously you can call in the big guns which will cost you upward of £55 for a thorough deep clean and if you are on a budget sometimes this is not an option. However if you are like myself and obsessed with cleaning and being house proud this is also not justifiable cost each month.

You can buy extremely harsh chemicals that will eat through any remaining debris, but the fumes are strong enough to singe off your eyebrows. The accompanying dizziness probably isn’t worth it either.

However there is an alternative by cleaning your oven naturally with a little vinegar, baking soda, and good old fashioned elbow grease!

What You Need

  1. Oven (obviously)
  2. Baking soda
  3. Water
  4. Rubber gloves
  5. Damp dish cloth
  6. Plastic or silicone spatula
  7. Spray bottle (use a rinsed out old cleaning spray bottle if you have one)
  8. White vinegar

Instructions

  1.  Remove your oven racks and anything else you have inside the oven.
  2. Make a baking soda paste: In a small bowl, mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Adjust the ratio of both as needed until you have a spreadable paste. For me this took about 3 tablespoons of water to get the desired spreadable consistency.
  3. Put on your gloves for the next part.
  4. Coat your oven: Spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven, steering clear of the heating elements.  The baking soda will turn a brownish colour as you rub it in; it also might be chunkier in some places than others. That is fine. Just try to coat the whole oven to the best of your abilities, paying attention to any particularly greasy areas.
  5. Let it sit overnight: Allow the baking soda mixture to rest for at least 12 hours, or overnight.
  6. Clean your oven racks: Meanwhile, clean your oven racks with are brillo pad (or several dependant on how bad your oven is)
  7. Wipe out the oven after 12 hours or overnight, take a damp dish cloth and wipe out as much of the dried baking soda paste as you can. Use a plastic or silicone spatula to help scrape off the paste as needed. I found that the damp cloth was enough for me, but a spatula might come in handy in those hard-to- reach places.
  8. Spray a little vinegar: Put a little vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz everywhere you still see baking soda residue in your oven. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and gently foam.
  9. Do a final wipe down: Take fresh clean damp cloth and wipe out the remaining foamy vinegar-baking-soda mixture. Repeat until all the baking soda residue is gone. Add more water or vinegar to your cloth as needed while wiping to really get the oven clean and shiny.
  10. Replace the oven racks and anything else you keep in your oven, and you’re done!

Admittedly there is a bit of elbow work that goes into it however there is with any oven cleaning product depending on how dirty your oven is, but this way you will be fume free and it is less harmful to you, your children and pets as well as the environment too.

Happy spring cleaning.

As always, thanks for reading. B x

Bekki Holden

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