Need a safer way to get your oven clean? As a bonus, this method is much, much cheaper than buying oven cleaner. Here’s How to Clean Your Oven Naturally.
My oven was dirty. Really, really dirty. So dirty, in fact, that I’m pretty embarrassed by the “before” picture. Yikes. And the worst part is that I probably *still* wouldn’t have thought to clean it right now–if it weren’t for the fire.
Yup. Fire. Literally. My hubby had been attempting to make something that didn’t really work out, and there was a bit of grease spillage…I had the oven preheating, saw smoke pouring out from the burners, and opened the oven to see a little flame (the white stuff you see in the image? Baking soda. Helpful hint: if your oven ever catches fire, baking soda puts it right out).
It was definitely time to clean that sucker–but with a toddler in the house, I don’t like to keep harsh chemicals around. Moreover, even if I could get someone to watch K for me while I’m taking care of the oven, *I* shouldn’t be inhaling those kind of fumes while I’m 32 weeks pregnant.
It couldn’t be put off until after the little man is born–so I had to find a safer way to get that mess clean. As a bonus, this method is much, much cheaper than buying oven cleaner.
Here’s How to Clean Your Oven Naturally:
First off, get yourself one of these things:
If you’ve kept up on your oven, you might not need to pull out the big guns, like a grill-scraper. But once you’ve got a grease fire and the ensuing ashes on your hands, this little guy comes in really handy.
Next, remove the racks (I put mine in the bathtub. And incidentally, it’s really dumb to clean the tub right before cleaning the oven. Boo for cleaning the tub twice).
Scrape off the caked-on grime with the grill-scraper (I did an awful lot of scraping without any scratches on my oven’s interior–it should be safe enough to do this on most ovens).
Apply a good coating of baking soda, and then pour on enough vinegar to make a paste. It’ll bubble and fizz for awhile; that means it’s doing the work. Let it rest for a few minutes, and then scrub it up.
It might take more than one application, and it’ll definitely take a little elbow grease (one thing you can count on with natural methods–a little free workout-time), but soon enough, you’ll have a nice clean oven *and* nice fresh air to breathe.
After all that, this oven is going to stay clean. Forever. I will never, ever let it get to that point again!