Tip Tuesday – Using at home and natural products to clean your oven
Everyone is getting their kitchen cleaned for the holidays, right!? It’s not just me!? Especially the oven. And who wants be judged on how their oven looks? Even though we know the odds of someone walking over and pulling the door open to look at our oven is almost null?
Well, I am still feeling the need to have the oven clean anyway. And I have a way to clean the oven that doesn’t require running to the store to buy an expensive cleaning product that smells to no end or makes you suffer with breathing in whatever chemicals are in the product.
Years ago, I used the self cleaning button on my over. Never again!! I may have sensitivities, but it drove me out of the house for hours with the biggest headache. I have no idea what made me react that way, and I don’t plan to spend anytime investigating why.
So I went on the search for safe products. And sure enough, I found out that I had them right in my home already. So I put my wireless headphones, turned on the Hallmark Channel and started cleaning.
Would you be surprised to know that all I used was baking soda and a vinegar water solution?
So on the outside, doesn’t look too scary, right?
But this is what lurks inside…
I quickly gathered my products and tools:
What I used:
- Baking Soda
- Citrus Vinegar and water solution* see recipe below
- Cerma Bryte Scraper or other flat blade scraper for glass
- Sponge (that count on tossing after this use!) I like Trader Joe’s Pop Up Sponges (12 pack)
- Paper towels
I started with sprinkling baking soda on all the surfaces. Then spraying with the cleaning spray.
While that did its little chemical magic, I took a coffee break.
Then I grabbed a little stool and got to work with the scraper.
This tool is the best! If you don’t have one, follow the links above listed in the bullets. This scraper gets that baked on mess off with a little elbow grease and a lot of help from the baking soda and vinegar bubbling action. You will do a lot of wiping off the blade onto paper towels. Then wiping up the loose bits with a sponge. But soon, very soon, you will see beautiful results!
It took a couple of passes, but eventually, I got up all the baked on bits!
I did the same for the inside.
So clean!! I know, if you are looking super duper close, it will look like I left behind streaks. Unfortunately, those streaks are on the INSIDE of the glass. After a short Google & Pinterest search and the mention of screwdrivers or shoving a coat hanger with a rag attached up in between the windows, I declared this as a victory and put out the thought of taking apart my oven door!
So, about this homemade citrus vinegar and water solution?
Here is how I prepare my solution:
CITRUS VINEGAR CLEANING SPRAY
Save cleaned orange peels and place in large glass jar. Add vinegar to cover orange peels. Add a sprig of herb like rosemary if you prefer (this was actually the first time I did. It’s just for the smell). Seal tight with the lid and place on shelf for about 2 weeks. Solution will darken in color as it absorbs the citrus.
To make your solution for a spray bottle, I use a funnel and add 1 part water : 1 part vinegar solution.
Oh, and the punch line to all of this? We aren’t even using the oven for Christmas Dinner! My husband will be smoking a bone in pork roast. But my oven will look pretty!