Even the most diligent housekeepers will find crazy food buildup inside the oven over time. Many people don’t prefer to use the self-cleaning feature because it stinks up the house and can even cause damage to your oven. We propose trying a natural oven cleaner that is simple, effective, and gets the job done without the stench.
Natural Oven Cleaner Recipe & Tips
A good, natural oven cleaner and a little muscle will spare you nasty chemical fumes and keep your home from smelling like an incinerator. Natural oven cleaners are gentler on your skin, lungs, and are still effective enough to give your oven a makeover. You can make your own homemade oven cleaner with this easy DIY oven cleaner recipe below.
So open your pantry cupboards, grab some supplies, and get to work!
- Rubber gloves
- Damp dish rag
- Spray bottle
- Plastic dish scraper
- Baking Soda
#1 – Prep Oven
Before you do anything else, remove all oven racks, thermometers, cookie sheets, or anything else that is stored and removable from the inside of the oven. You have a couple of options for these items:
- Place the oven racks near the sink for washing
- Place oven racks and items in the bathtub to soak
It’s pretty magical to put oven items into the bathtub and have plenty of room to wash everything and rinse it off without water getting all over the kitchen counters and floors. It’s also the only place large enough to soak the racks first, which makes the washing task that much easier.
If you have a small dust broom, sweep out the loose debris from the oven. You can also use your vacuum hose attachment if your vacuum can handle it.
#2 – Make Your DIY Oven Cleaner Paste
Homemade oven cleaners are the only way to fly. To make this natural oven cleaner, mix together these ingredients to form a paste:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 6 tablespoons water
Adjust amounts if needed to achieve desired consistency.
#3 – Spread Paste on Interior
Don your rubber gloves and spread the baking soda paste all over the interior of the oven, being careful to avoid the heating elements. Make sure you have a good coat of paste on all the grimy parts. The gloves are handy for really rubbing in the paste. You will notice the baking soda turns a brownish color.
#4 – Leave Overnight
This may indeed be the best part – walk away and let the paste work its magic while you go about your business, have a cup of coffee, take a nap… 12 hours (or more) is ideal.
#5 – Clean Oven Racks
At some point while your natural oven cleaner is sitting, get the racks cleaned up. Whether they’re in your sink or tub, some regular dish soap and scrubbing sponge should do the trick. Rinse well and set aside to dry.
#6 – Wipe Out Oven Interior
Using a damp cloth and plastic scraper, wipe out the dried paste and debris. Scrape any stubborn areas and wipe them again.
#7 – Spray with Vinegar Rinse
With some vinegar in a spray bottle, carefully spray the inside of the oven, avoiding the heating elements. The vinegar will foam upon contact with the residual baking soda from the natural oven cleaner.
#8 – Scrape Out Leftovers
Scrape any left over stuck on spots – they should come loose more easily now.
#9 – Wipe Out Again
With a fresh damp cloth, wipe down the entire interior of the oven to remove all remaining particles.
#10 – Replace Oven Racks
Your oven is clean and ready for action! Regular cleaning maintenance of home appliances will keep them performing for years to come. If you have appliances that need service or repair, contact our professionals at Service Care today.