How to Clean an Oven Without Endangering Your Life:
I hope by now you are convinced that option #3 is the only way to do this important job.
Here are my tips for using natural products and a little elbow grease to clean an oven:
- For really big jobs, you might consider a cleaning stone (also called a pumice stick or scouring stick). These are 100% natural scouring stones (shaped in a block or stick) that safely scour away even the worst build-up. They are safe for most ovens, although you may want to check your ovens’ owners manual to be sure. Just a little water and one of these blocks and you will see a sparkly new side to your oven that you forgot existed!
- Another popular option is to generously sprinkle baking soda (that amazing household wonder) all over the surfaces of the oven interior, then spray it with water or vinegar. Allow it to sit overnight, then wipe clean in the morning. You may have to scrub a little or repeat the process until the job is done. My sister actually combines water and baking soda in a spray bottle, sprays it all over her oven surfaces, and then proceeds to use her oven. She says the heat makes all the dirt flake off with the baking soda, so when her oven cools down after baking, she just wipes it down.
- If your mess is not a serious one, my favorite method is the citrus method. All you have to do is place some citrus peels (limes and lemons work particularly well) in a shallow pan and cover them with water. Place them in the oven at 350*F for about 20-25 minutes (Don’t leave them in any longer or your peels will burn. Don’t ask me how I know), then turn the oven off and allow it to cool. As soon as you can scrub it without burning yourself, wipe away the grease with a rag or sponge.
- Once your oven is clean, you will want to keep it that way! If your oven manufacturer recommends it, place a large piece of aluminum foil under the coils on the bottom to catch any drips, and replace it regularly. (I have a gas stove, and this is not recommended for my stove, so be sure to check!) The aforementioned citrus method is also great for oven maintenance – periodically do a citrus cleanse on your oven after you’ve baked (while the oven is still hot).
Cleaning your oven doesn’t have to be dangerous, but it does need to be done regularly.
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