Winter is finally over, but signs of the cold weather may still be lingering in your home. Especially in your oven where all those hearty and comforting casseroles and dinners have bubbled over and spilled throughout the cold winter months. Spring is the perfect time to clean up those baked-on spills, and we have some natural ways to tackle this daunting job.
Most commercially-available oven cleaners are loaded with harmful chemicals and are actually categorized as hazardous materials. Containing ingredients such as butane and diethylene glycol monobutyl ether and sodium hydroxide, they’re not exactly products you feel comfortable spraying inside your home. Thankfully there are safer and healthier options that will allow you to breathe easier without worrying about lingering harmful effects on your home and your family.
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Many ovens now have a self-cleaning option. Most self-cleaning cycles run your oven at approximately 900 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 3 hours. This option can be effective at burning any spills and messes into a charred pile. After the self-cleaning cycle runs, you will still need to wipe the charred piles of ash from the bottom of your oven.
If running your oven at that temperature for that length of time doesn’t appeal to you, try one of these alternative cleaning methods.
greenshield organic’s all-purpose cleaner is a highly effective grease cutter and is perfect for clearing out sticky messes in your oven. Just spray on and let soak before wiping clear. The organic citrus and vinegar will break down some the toughest messes you have.
The simplest and most effective DIY method for cleaning your oven naturally is with a baking soda paste. And the best part about this method is that you don’t have to go out and buy any special ingredients. You likely already have them in your pantry. Before you go to bed, make a thick paste from baking soda and water and spread it generously on all oven surfaces. Let it work overnight and scrub with a damp sponge the following morning. This is the best DIY method for those big spills.
Salt, vinegar, and a little heat can also help get those crusty spills off your oven surfaces. Spray vinegar on all oven surfaces and sprinkle salt onto any built-up spills. Heat the oven to 125 Fahrenheit and then turn it off. Once the oven has cooled, tackle the messes with a scrubby sponge. This method is most effective for smaller messes.
Citrus can be highly effective in cleaning up grease and grime. Cut two lemons in half and squeeze their juices into a shallow baking pan. Leave the lemons in the pan and add enough water so the dish is about ⅓ full. Place in the oven and bake at 250 for approximately 30 minutes for everyday spills and longer for tough messes. Once the oven is cooled, use the lemon water to scrub and sponge the grime away.
With these tips and tricks, your oven will be sparkly clean again. Just in time for outdoor grilling season. :)