Having recently moved into an apartment I noticed our oven really needed a cleaning. Unfortunately with Thanksgiving upon us I didn’t have a chance to clean the oven until after the holiday. I did want to clean it before I began doing any baking for Christmas. I really didn’t want to use the self-cleaning aspect of the oven, instead I decided to make my own non-toxic oven cleaner.
Cleaning your oven with a non-toxic oven cleaner is easy and effective. First of all start with a cool oven and remove the oven racks. If the racks are dirty you can use the same paste to clean them. Place them in the bathtub, wipe the paste all over them, and let them sit before scrubbing.
Make a paste using 1 Tbsp. liquid dish soap, 1½ cup baking soda and 2 Tbsp. salt. Add ¼ cup white vinegar. You want the consistency to be like frosting. If you want you can add a few drops of essential oils, I like to use lemon essential oil. When adding the vinegar to the baking soda it will foam up so make sure you mix it in a large enough bowl. Use a damp sponge to wipe the paste all over the interior of your oven. You want it to stick to the walls and not be dripping. Let it sit for 6-8 hours or best let it sit overnight.
Dip a sponge in warm water and wipe down the interior of your oven. You’ll be amazed at the dirt that comes up.You may have to use a little elbow grease to get the stubborn spots clean, but what a nice feeling to know you used a non-toxic oven cleaner to do the job! Spray lightly with distilled vinegar to remove any leftover residue from the paste. The oven will now be ready for all the Christmas baking you plan to do! To keep the oven looking clean and to help contain any spills I like to line my oven with a silicon oven liner. The best thing about these oven liners is that they come in a three pack, keep one for yourself and give the other two away as gifts! The bakers in your life will appreciate it!
I love silicon oven liners. They help make any future clean up much easier. Let the Christmas baking begin!
How do you clean your oven? Do you have a homemade recipe that works well? I don’t mind using a little elbow grease as long as the end result is a clean and sparkling oven!
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