Ever wonder how to clean an oven? I have a safe and simple 3-step process … without using any toxic cleaning sprays!
When it comes to cleaning my oven, I tend to go to extremes. Either I keep it really clean, or it’s a total mess of spilled on, baked on splatters. The good news is that after years of relying on toxic cleaning sprays, I’ve discovered how to clean an oven without a spray – and it’s EASY.
Granted, self-cleaning ovens are great. But sometimes, you might not own one. After renting half a dozen apartments and moving in homes with very old appliances, I’ve never had the luxury of a self-cleaning oven. That means I’ve had a lot of work when it comes to cleaning my oven.
Once I learned that oven cleaners are some of the most toxic cleaning products available, I knew that I didn’t want to use a oven cleaner that will end up hurting me or my family. Even if it makes cleaning handy.
I just assumed cleaning an oven would be hard work, with or without a cleaning spray. But I was surprised to discover a safe and homemade alternative that was super simple. (It’s also practically free!)
How to clean an oven in 3 super simple and safe steps
When cleaning my oven without a commercial cleaner, I use three simple steps:
1. Scrape away any burned food and residue.
I either pick it up with a paper towel, scrape it away with a plastic scraper called the Lil’ Chizler, or I brush it into a small, handheld dustpan.
2. Sprinkle baking soda all over the oven. Then, carefully pour white vinegar all over the oven. Watch it fizz! But don’t use too much … it’s better to start off with just a little bit instead of dealing with a pool of vinegar.
Warm the oven for a few minutes. (Setting the oven to 250 degrees for five minutes seems to work well.)
Once the fizzing slows down, scrub the baking soda and vinegar mixture with a wad of crinkled up aluminum foil. (This is an easy way to reuse aluminum foil.)
3. Wipe everything away with an old cloth rag.
Typically, I use ratty old dish cloths or holey, unmatched socks – then I throw the rag away once I’m done with the oven cleaning, since it’s a filthy mess.
Here’s a video tutorial of my 3-step process …
If you’ve watched the video, the Lil’ Chizler IS available on Amazon! Plus, I realized after filming the process, I never showed you a photo of my cleaning results. Here it is!
Surprisingly, using just a little bit of baking soda and white vinegar along with aluminum foil and an old rag is all you need to clean your oven!
The process isn’t difficult – and it doesn’t require any more elbow grease than a nasty cleaning spray. If you clean your oven every few months, it won’t even take much time at all.
If you save this cleaning for once or twice a year, it will take a little longer. Regardless of how long the job takes, though, it’s simple – and you don’t have to use any harmful spray cleaners.
If you were to describe how to clean an oven safely, what is your cleaning process?
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