How do I clean the oven naturally? Find 5 ways to clean an oven with or without baking soda
Most of us don’t enjoy cleaning the oven, but since it must be done, I have been looking for natural ways to clean it.
If your oven smells strongly or smoulders when you cook something, these are signs that the food buildup in your oven is keeping it from properly doing its job.
Also, any noticeable food or grime in the oven should be cleaned out as soon as possible to keep it running efficiently.
Sometimes, even caked on food can change the taste of the dish you are making and when this happens, you know is time to clean the oven.
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How to Clean A Dirty Oven Naturally
I have been searching online for ways to clean the oven without using harsh chemicals and collected few recipes that I want to try.
I have used just one and I will let you know whether it worked or not.
1. Using Lemons to Clean the Oven
First fill a large, oven proof bowl with water and cut two lemons. Place the lemons in the bowl.
- Heat the oven to 250 degrees and once the oven is preheated, add the bowl to one of the racks. Do not disturb for one hour.
- After the hour has passed, turn off the oven and open the oven door slightly to allow it too cool.
- While the oven is still slightly warm, put on gloves to protect yourself and wipe the inside of the oven with a scouring pad and washcloths.
- Keep wiping until all the spots and filth are gone.
Does it work? Not sure, but my guess is that it can work if the oven is not very dirty (remains of burned food).
2. How To Clean An Oven Without Baking Soda
Using white vinegar to clean an oven could help in removing dirt and grime.
First, remove the oven grates and use a vacuum (or a wipe) to clear out chunky debris in the bottom of your oven.
Utilizing a vacuum cleaner is a quick and easy trick to avoid scrubbing the bottom of the oven for large food debris.
- Place one grate on the bottom rack of the oven and fill a large metal baking pan with hot water and half a cup of white vinegar.
- Turn the oven on to 350 degrees, and let the water bubble and steam clean your oven.
- Turn off the oven and quickly spray down the sides of the oven with an equal parts white vinegar and water solution. Be cautious because the oven will still be hot!
- Close the oven door and let the water and vinegar work for 30 minutes.
- Once the oven has cooled, wipe down and you are done! If any hard to get off spots persist, spray on a natural spray cleaner and scrub the area until clean.
Not sure how well this recipe will clean the oven until I have a chance to try it.
3. How to Clean The Oven With Salt
I use this mixture to clean inside the microwave and I have used it to clean the oven too.
Make a paste using salt, baking soda and water, Ideally, you will use the same amount of each ingredient.
Now apply a generous amount of the paste on walls and bottom of the oven. You can use it to clean stainless steel racks and glass door, as well.
Allow the paste to work for few hours. If there is still grime leave the paste overnight.
This recipe works great to clean the microwave, but if your oven has burnt on food or grease, you might have to do some scrubbing to get rid of all dirt.
If the grime is persistent switch on the oven for one hour.
Wipe with a cloth and repeat if necessary.
4. Water and Baking Soda
This is a popular way to clean the oven using warm water and baking soda.
You will need one cup of baking soda, warm water and lemon essential oil (optional).
Mix water with baking soda until it forms a paste. You might need more or less paste, depending on how dirty your oven is. Add few drops of lemon essential oil and stir.
Apply the paste on walls and bottom of oven and leave for few hours or overnight.
Before removing the paste, spray vinegar on top to make sure the baking soda comes off easily.
Remove the paste with a damp cloth.
Repeat if necessary.
5. Using a Natural Based Cleaning Solution
First on your to-do list is to prepare your oven for the cleaning. You will need to use some elbow grease to remove any large chunks of food debris from your oven.
Then you must soak your oven in the natural cleaning solution of your choosing. A popular brand is Thieves Household Cleaner, which is made of all natural ingredients, such as lemon oil, cinnamon oil, and rosemary extract.
- Soak the oven in the solution for at least a couple of hours. If you have a very messy oven then letting the natural cleaner soak overnight in your oven is a better choice for high quality results.
- Gather your cleaning tools. You will need a scrubber, scouring pads, gloves to keep your hands dry and washcloths to get the job done. There will be a lot of mess to wipe up once the cleaner has done
- Once you have let your oven soak in the solution, it is time to scrub! Slap on your gloves and use a scouring pad to wipe up all the grime and food buildup. You may need to use washcloths for any hard to reach areas in your oven.
- Wipe and rinse your tools with warm water and keep scrubbing. This is especially important for your washcloths because they need the warm water rinse to stay relatively clean during the process.
- Finally, wipe with a clean washcloth and survey your work. Your oven should look brand new or at least like a new oven to you!
Cleaning the Oven Grates
First, you must remove the grates from the oven.
- Fill a plastic tub that is large enough to hold the grates and fill it with very hot water and some all natural cleaner.
- Add in the oven grates and let them soak overnight for the best results.
- Remove the oven grates from the plastic bin and scrub them with scouring pads or steel wool to get rid of heavy duty grime on the grates. The oven grates usually have the most grime on them, especially if you do not use baking sheets when cooking or baking in your oven.
- If you have any problems getting rid of grime, squeeze some lemon juice or vinegar on the grate and let the it sit there for at least 30 minutes. Then try scrubbing again. The acid in the juice is very beneficial in getting rid of stubborn messes.
Other house cleaning tips you might want to use:
5 Tips to Keep The Oven Clean
A clean oven is a necessity for your kitchen and these tips will help you keep it clean for longer.
- Try to keep the food covered at all times to prevent spills.
- Keep your oven clean by always using a baking sheet or cookie tray to avoid food from falling onto the grates or the bottom of the oven.
- Remove the rack you are not using from the oven before cooking.
- Cover the racks you are using with foil paper.
- Wipe down any food that spills immediately after it happens for a quick and easy cleanup.