The oven definitely needs to be cleaned as often as it’s used. The dirt won’t show until you fire it up and the scent begins to spread or the grease becomes visible.
There are more than a few different ways to clean your oven. Choose from multiple all natural cleaners and mix and match ingredients.
Some are definitely more powerful than others and will work for different degrees of dirt. Here are 8 different ingredients to clean your oven and how to use them.
1.Cornstarch and Vinegar
Just add 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to a small bowl. Mix until the ingredients are completely blended together and apply it to the oven.
First moisten the oven then apply the paste. Use a scouring pad to clean the interior of the oven. Remove the racks and give them a scrub with the same solution.
Once you’re through just wipe away the residue with fresh water. If there is stuck on grease or dried food, just allow it to soak for a few minutes before scrubbing.
2.Dish Soap and Lemon Juice
Stir together 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 cup of lemon juice in a small sauce pan. Heat this mixture until it thickens then stir in 1 tablespoon of dawn dish soap.
Apply it to the oven with a spatula while it’s hot. Let this mixture sit for 20-30 minutes. Once the time has passed, wipe it clean and the dirt will come right off.
This is perfect for a quick clean and a great way to multitask. You can set this in motion and move to other aspects of the kitchen while it sits.
3.Vinegar and Baking Soda
An old faithful, vinegar and baking soda will oxidize to melt away all the stuck on grease.
Just mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of vinegar in a container, preferably a spray bottle. While it’s still fizzy, spray it on the interior of the oven and give it a scrub.
You can also moisten the walls of the oven and apply the baking soda. Then give it a spray with vinegar to allow it to oxidize and melt the grease.
Both methods work but the latter is a lot easier to achieve.
4.Murphy Oil Soap and Baking Soda
Murphy oil soap is originally a wood cleaner but it has proved its value in other areas of the home.
Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of Murphy oil soap with 1 liter of water and ensure that the ingredients dissolve.
Use this along with a sponge to wash the interior and the racks of your oven. Give the corners and glass a detailed clean to get the most out of this mixture.
When you’re done just rinse the soapy residue away with warm water.
5.Baking Soda Alone
Baking soda is a strong cleaner that can take certain messes by itself. If your oven needs a gentle clean, then baking soda is a great bet.
Just mix 2 cups of baking soda and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle and give the tougher areas a spritz. If there is stuck on food just allow it to soak for 15 minutes.
If not, you can scrub with a scouring pad and wipe away the dirt with a soft cloth. If the baking soda does not suffice, you can add 1 tablespoon of borax to give it a boost.
6.Salt and a Lemon
For a more fragrant solution, you can use half of a lemon to clean your oven. Just slice half a lemon and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt on the the surface.
Use this to scrub the interior and glass of the oven until the grease begins to lift. The acidic properties of the salt and lemon will work to cleanse the oven.
This will also leave your kitchen with an amazing fragrance. You can also use baking soda with half of a lemon for the same type of clean.
7.Rubbing Alcohol and Dish Soap
Mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 1 table spoon of dawn dish soap to clean your oven. Rubbing alcohol is a great replacement for bleach as it cleans and disinfects.
Apply this mixture to the oven and let it sit for a few minutes. Once you’re done just wipe it away with fresh, warm water.
Warm water will ensure that the taste of rubbing alcohol doesn’t get into your food once you start to use the oven.
The best dish soap to use to do this is Dawn dish soap as it’s environmentally friendly and will eliminate grease quickly.
8.Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
For a cleaning solution that will result in a beautiful shine, mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Make a paste with 1 table spoon of hydrogen peroxide and 2 tablespoon of baking soda. Apply this to the interior and exterior of your oven.
Add a small amount of elbow grease as you scrub with a sponge. Once you’ve covered the entire surface area of the oven, wipe it clean with a cloth.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will give your oven a deep clean.
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