Cleaning the oven can become a tedious job. After endless attempts at trying to get the grease, gunk, and food particles out, it can get frustrating and annoying. Adding to this frustration are the varieties of chemical cleaners available in the market today. These oven cleaners are powerful and may emit toxic fumes that can be deadly to our system once inhaled. Some of these oven cleaners have lye and ammonia that linger in your homes and can also be reabsorbed into the food as you use the oven again.
It is possible to protect yourself, your family and your food by making your oven cleaners from scratch. It would be inexpensive, cruelty-free, and naturally produced in the comfort of your home where you can control the quantity and type of ingredients. Many people like having the option to decide which components they would like to use while cleaning their homes. This onus of change from store-bought to homemade has made an enormous difference in the lives of many consumers who are ecology and health conscious.
With this spread of awareness, has come the need to hunt for naturally derived or homemade alternatives to cleaning liquids, detergents, soaps, and other toxic supplies. Now it is possible to clean and maintain electronic appliances, flooring, woodwork, stonework, and more with homemade products. Ovens can also be cleaned with cleaners made at home.
Let us look at a couple of ways in which we can clean the oven using ingredients present in most homes.
Before we get started, we would like to inform our readers that most bakers hate cleaning out their ovens! While they take great joy in the art of baking, not everyone loves cleaning out the remains later. This tends to build up over time, and the oven gets worse over time. The cleaning alternatives we are offering today are just that – alternatives! You are free to try these out, but please don’t add or reduce the quantities by too much since there might be an adverse reaction to your oven or your health.
Without further ado, let’s get to it!
The Steam Method:
The steam method is ideal for people who regularly clean their oven. Less greasy buildup can come off easily with this method. Its ecological, natural, and completely safe.
Fill an ovenproof bowl or container with lukewarm water and set your oven function to bake at medium heat for approximately half an hour. The resultant steam breaks the thin layer of grease and can be wiped off easily with a damp or moist cloth, making your oven shiny and clean.
Baking Soda Method:
This method is one of the most popular ones in the home cleaners world. The phenomenal reaction between baking soda and vinegar has helped clean countless appliances and stainless steel grease and grime over the years.
You need key ingredients:
1½ – 2 cups baking soda
¾ cup liquid soap
½ cup organic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
7-8 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, citrus, grapefruit)
A few tablespoons of water to make a thick paste
Paintbrush to smear the paste
Scrubber to clean the oven
Switch off the oven and disconnect it from the power socket.
Pour all these ingredients into a large glass bowl and mix to a thick pasty consistency. Use the paintbrush to smear this baking soda paste all over the surface of the oven. Leave overnight or up to 8 hours. The mixture reacts with the grease in the oven to form a bubbly mixture and foams up into contact with the grease, fat, and oil in the oven.
Shut your oven door since the mixture can emit some fumes.
The next morning or after 8 hours, fill a bowl with lukewarm water and use your scrubber to clean the oven interiors gently. Since the water in the bowl might get murky, you would have to clean out and refill fresh water a few times till your oven is clean.
After cleaning out the entire oven, if you feel it has a lingering smell of vinegar and soda, you could place an ovenproof bowl of water with a few drops of essential oil and ‘bake’ like in the Steam Method. Gently wipe off once done, to get your oven smelling fresh again.
Other great ways to protect your oven are to place a baking dish or tray on the lowest rack of your oven to protect the oven floor from any spillage and overflows. Cleaning the interiors with a moist cloth after baking (once the oven cools down) is also a great way to avoid the excessive grease and grime buildup.