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How to Clean Your Oven, the Natural Way

So, what’s one of the LEAST favorite things for you to clean in your house?  Let me put it this way:  when you think of having to clean this major appliance, would having your in-laws come in from Florida to stay for a week be a better option? 

THE OVEN, RIGHT?  Yes, the oven!  The one major appliance you use almost every day (or at least a couple of times per week, depending on how much you cook).  You love to use it, but hate to clean it.  It’s nasty, there’s still burnt cheese from the pizza you cooked last night, and charred au jus remains from Mom in-law’s roast beef from last week…YUCK!  And, the work behind it is a pain, turn on the self-cleaning, wait until it cools off, then get in there, right? Wrong!  

Here’s a totally safe, effective, and most importantly, organic way to clean your oven, without having to turn on the super-hot self-clean feature, get burnt, AND… no harsh chemicals. WARNING: ELBOW GREASE AND EFFORT REQUIRED!  Yes, it’s not the 24th century, where a plate of linguini and clam sauce will materialize right before your very eyes through a food replicator port, and when you’re done, it will atomize the dirty dish, and no more cleaning (we wish, right?).  But, the payoff is a really clean oven that will work even better because it’s clean!  On top of that, everything you need to take this task on is most likely already in your cupboards. 

OR, if you don’t want to clean the oven naturally, there’s always extremely harsh chemicals that will eat through any remaining food and remnants. Yeah, it gets the job done, but a couple of drawbacks to mention here folks:

-         The fumes are strong enough to make people dizzy, or in some cases, even sick.

-         If you read the labels on some of the commercial oven cleaners you buy at the supermarket, here’s one for you: “DANGER: CORROSIVE.  CAUSES  BURNS TO SKIN AND EYES ON CONTACT.”  Burns to the skin?  Not so gouda, as my uncle used to say.

Not so appealing, huh?  If burns to the skin are not your bag, baby, roll up your sleeves, get some rubber gloves, and let’s use some natural, SAFE ingredients to tackle that nasty oven!    

What You Need

Water
Baking soda
Rubber gloves
Plastic or silicone spatula
Damp dish cloth
Spray bottle of white vinegar

Instructions

1.       Remove the oven racks: Remove the oven racks and anything else you have inside the oven. Set aside.

2.      Make the paste: In a small bowl, mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with 2 – 3 tablespoons of water. Adjust the ratio of both as required until you have a spreadable paste.  It will usually take about 3 tablespoons of water to get a preferred spreadable consistency.

3.      Coat your oven: Time to get dirty and put those rubber gloves to good use!  With gloves on, spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of the oven.  Avoid touching the heating elements (the coil looking thing at the bottom of the oven) with the paste.  Get into all the nooks and crannies, covering as much of the oven as possible.  Doing this with the gloves on prevents you from getting all that gunk under your fingernails.  The baking soda will turn a brownish color as you rub it in.  It might be chunkier in some places than others, but don’t worry about it, just keep working it around.  Try to coat the whole oven to the best you can, putting some extra paste onto any really greasy areas.

4.      Let it be, let it be: Once you’ve got the whole oven covered, let the mixture rest for at least 12 hours or overnight.  Then, make a drink.  Or cook a steak.  ON THE STOVE TOP! 

5.      In the meantime: clean your oven racks. 

6.      Wipe out: After 12 hours or overnight, take a clean damp (not WET) dish cloth and wipe out as much of the dried baking soda paste as possible. Use a plastic or silicone spatula to help scrape off the paste as necessary. The damp cloth should be good enough, but just in case, the spatula might come in handy in those hard-to- reach places, like in any crevices or the corners.  Using a silicone spatula instead of a knife will prevent any damage to the inside of the oven.  I know it may sound obvious, but you don’t want to use a knife (or anything metal) to spread the paste.

7.      You get more done with vinegar: Put a little vinegar in a spray bottle and spray everywhere you still see baking soda residue in your oven. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and should start to foam.  Spray in one area at a time, working your way around the inside.  By the time you’re done, the first area that you sprayed should start foaming, then the second, and so on.  This way, you can wipe everything down in one fell swoop! 

8.      Is that your final wipe down? Take the damp cloth and wipe out any remnants of the foamy vinegar-baking-soda mixture. Keep doing this step until all the baking soda residue is gone. You can add more water or spray more vinegar to your cloth as you need to while wiping to really get the oven clean and shiny.  P.S. By now, if your gloves are really yucky with all the hard work you put in, so switch them out for new ones.  No sense in doing double work in having to go over any glove prints you may leave behind!  Or, to save on gloves, give them a quick wash while you’re wearing them in the sink with some warm water and soap (even though they’re really cheap, out of habit, I find myself doing this all the time!).

9.      Rack ‘em up: Replace the oven racks and anything else you keep in your oven, and you're done!  CONGRATULATIONS!  Reward yourself with a nice lasagna, in your clean oven!