Here are some recipes for natural oven cleaner to get your oven clean without harsh chemicals.
No matter how careful we are with our ovens they get dirty from use, and if there is a major spill in them they can be very difficult to clean.
However, of all the commercial cleaners you can purchase perhaps oven cleaners are some of the most chemically nasty and caustic.
That is why many people are searching for an alternative -- one that can still get the job done, but with natural cleaning agents instead.
Now, I'm not going to lie to you. Oven cleaning with any product requires some time, patience, and elbow grease. However, the recipes below will work naturally to help clean your oven so you aren't afraid to breathe in the fumes while you work, or once the oven is cleaned.
Combine all the ingredients except the baking soda into a 16 ounce (or larger) spray bottle, and mix all the ingredients together by gently shaking.
Next, spray the cleaning solution onto the oven surfaces, especially saturating any areas where there is burned on food.
Let the solution sit on the surfaces for at least thirty minutes, up to an hour or two.
Next, scrub the oven with a damp scrub pad which has been dipped in baking soda to thoroughly clean the oven's interior and oven racks.
Finally, rinse all surfaces cleaned with clean water.
Combine the essential oils with the baking soda until the oil is evenly distributed into the baking soda. You may need to stir and break up clumps with a fork.
Citrus essential oils act as a natural degreaser, so they are helpful as part of a natural oven cleaner. (To see even more uses of essential oils for cleaning, check out this essential oil use chart.)
Wet the oven floor lightly, and then sprinkle the baking soda and essential oil mixture onto the oven floor, making sure to cover it all thoroughly.
Next, sprinkle on additional water to form a paste all over the oven floor.
Let this paste sit on the oven floor overnight. Obviously, you need to make sure no one turns the oven on until this cleaning process is completed.
The next morning wipe the oven floor with a clean rag or a scrub pad to wipe up the paste.
Once the majority of the paste has been wiped away (it is not necessary at this stage to wipe it all away) you can next use a damp scrub pad covered with more baking soda, and also the dishwashing liquid, to remove the rest of the grime and burned on stuff from your oven floor.
For really stubborn stains and spills you may need to repeat the process.
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