About a month ago, I put out an urgent plea for tips, tricks, and recipes for natural oven cleaning. If you remember, my poor oven was a disaster area coated with baked on grease and grime.
Well, many of my readers came to the rescue and offered their best natural cleaning tips! As promised, I tried (almost) all of them and want to give you the results:
* Pat’s ( Corn in My Coffee) Suggestion:“Why not place an oven proof pan with vinegar and water inside a warm oven (after you’ve baked already) and then let it sit a while and then clean it.”
Results: I allowed my vinegar/water solution to sit in my oven for around 4 hours. Unfortunately, it didn’t really seem to loosen any of the gunk. However, perhaps I should have left it for a longer period of time? Or maybe my grime was just too baked on. This still might work for lighter messes.
Results: I was excited about this idea, as I usually use a baking soda paste on my kitchen sink and bathtub and love the results. And this paste did work somewhat on my oven mess. It takes a little elbow grease, but it effectively removed the initial layer of grime. Unfortunately, my baked on grease remained.
* Jay’s Suggestion: “Try warming the oven to 150-170 degrees. Put a pan of ammonia in the oven and let it sit for 24-48 hours. Then, scrub or try the vinegar and baking soda (10% pickling vinegar works best.)”
Results: Unfortunately, I didn’t have any ammonia on hand. So I didn’t give this one a try. However, I did heat my oven a bit before scrubbing. I couldn’t tell a huge difference, but perhaps it softened things a bit.
* Marc’s (Minimalist Freak) Suggestion: “Moisten oven surfaces with sponge and water. Use 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt and 1/4 cup water to make a thick paste, and spread throughout oven interior. (avoid bare metal and any openings). Let sit overnight. Remove with spatula and wipe clean. Rub gently with fine steel wool for tough spots.”
* Ann’s Suggestion: “Sprinkle oven with warm water. Cover with baking soda. Leave it for a while. Then scrub it with a steel wool pad. Rinse clean with damp rag.”
Results: Since Marc’s and Ann’s ideas were somewhat similiar, I combined them. As I began to apply Marc’s paste, I noticed that the salt immediately went to work on removing the tough grime. Eureka! I allowed it to sit overnight and scrubbed the next morning. It worked really well. I still had to use some elbow grease, but it did a great job of removing the baked on stuff. I think the salt gave it a bit of extra oomph! The only thing I noticed about this mixture is that it was a little difficult to get it to stick to the oven walls. It kept wanting to fall off. Next time, I may try thinning it with more water.
* Donna’s (A Daily Cup of Faith) Suggestion:
“1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of washing soda
3 tablespoon liquid dish soap
1/4 cup of white vinegar
Use on a cool oven. Wipe the inside to remove anything that’s loose. Combine all the dry ingredients and gradually add hot water until you have a thick paste. For really greasy ovens, you can add another 1/4 cup of the washing soda. Add vinegar, it will fizz. Coat all oven surfaces and leave it overnight. Wipe off with warm water the next morning.”
Results: This was my favorite recipe so far! It removed the baked on grease and grime fairy easily, AND the foaminess (from the baking soda/vinegar reaction) made it a cinch to apply to the oven walls. I think I might try it again and add a bit of salt for even more scouring power.
Also, Kirstin suggested making a paste of Rockin Green diaper detergent, applying it, then letting it soak. I’ve never tried this product either, but might look for it in the future.
So, the final conclusion?
I have some great suggestions here, and I’m going to keep building on them! My oven doesn’t quite look brand new (YET!), but it’s a far cry from where it was when we started!
THANK YOU so much to all of my helpful readers! I appreciate your ideas and suggestions so much. Keep ‘em coming!
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