Oven cleaning stinks. It is time consuming and the chemicals that are used in most conventional oven cleaners are toxic! I’ve been working on switching all of my cleaning to more natural methods…
That is why this particular tip is one of my favorites because it is so easy, cheap and natural!
Natural Oven Cleaning
If you are like me, your oven occasionally (or once a week in my case) gets burnt on food on the bottom, splattered food on the sides, or dried food stuck on the rack.
I do not have a self-cleaning oven as some do, so I had to find a way to solve this problem. (As a side note, I’ve read a lot of cases of self-cleaning ovens experiencing problems after using the self-cleaning cycle as some sources suggest that they high heat may cause fuses or elements to burn out more quickly. There are also some concerns about substances released into the air from the high heat of the self cleaning cycle.)
I also checked our specific oven cleaning products at the store, and definitely did not want those ingredients in my oven around the food I was cooking for my family. I tried a variety of natural treatments before stumbling on the best oven cleaner, natural or not, that I have ever found: baking soda!
Baking Soda Natural Oven Cleaning
Though it seems like a simple fix, baking soda is really effective and makes the daunting task of oven cleaning a little easier. All I have to do to get a shining oven is spray the whole oven down with a water bottle so that it is damp, and pour on a thick layer or baking soda, especially on the bottom, until there is about 1/4 inch layer of baking soda paste on the bottom. If any of the baking soda is still dry, I mist it with the water bottle.
Then, I walk away, and leave the baking soda there for a few hours (with the oven off, unless you want to see some amateur special effects… I don’t recommend this!) After a few hours I simply wipe up the paste with a cloth and all the grime comes with it. For really baked on grime, this may take a couple applications, but it always works and it is 100% natural!
I’ve found that it is important to make sure that the baking soda residue has been completely removed before using the oven as any remaining baking soda may smoke if left in contact with the heating element.
See some of my other natural cleaning ideas here!
Update: I also discovered a faster way to clean an oven without baking soda if you want to try it! I’ve also found that Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds is an effective substitute for many cleaning products when used in correct dilutions. I share many of my uses in this post.
How do you clean naturally? Share your tips below!