Did you know that a clean oven:
- Makes food tastier
- Does not emit harmful fumes into the food from the stuck on burnt carbon and food residue
- Cooks food faster, so it is more energy efficient
- Is likely to last and work for longer
- Is better looking than a dirty oven
This is why it is recommended you take the time to deep clean your oven regularly. There are various oven cleaning products on the market, but most of them contain seriously harsh chemicals which will cause harmful fumes during the cleaning and possible after that when cooking.
There is an option of using the self-cleaning option, which basically is turning the heat up to the maximum and letting it burn down any residue in the oven, but this is not very energy efficient, can cause a terrible smell, and will likely set off your smoke detectors.
So, what to do?
Here is how to clean your home oven using perfectly natural, safe and cheap solutions:
- Unplug the oven before cleaning it, because of the hazards of mixing water and electricity
- Remove the oven racks, thermometer and anything else you can easily remove from inside it
- Make your own homemade, perfectly safe, green and cheap oven cleaning solution. Mix:
- half a cup of baking soda
- with several spoons of water to create a paste which can be spread
Now, use the spread to coat the entire surface inside the oven, but make sure you do not apply it on the actual heating elements. You may need to use rubber gloves for this part, and for the actual cleaning part. Make sure you put the paste in all crevices and other grimy spots.
Let the baking soda paste sit overnight (at least for 12 hours), so it can do its magic and absorb the grime and other residues. In the meantime, you can clean the oven racks by soaking them in hot water and half a cup of liquid dish washing solution for at least 4 hours, but preferably for more. The soaking can be done in the bathtub or if they fit in the sink or another container. After the 12 hours, get a damp cloth and start wiping the baking soda from inside your oven. Use a spatula to get off stubborn residues.
Use a spray bottle with some white vinegar and spray the interior of the oven. It will produce some foam. Wipe down the vinegar and baking soda foam with a damp cloth. Wipe down the oven racks too, and put them back in the oven.
We hope these oven cleaning tips were helpful for you. Feel free to share them with your friends!