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Clean Your Oven – Easy and with No Harsh Chemicals

on January 28, 2013

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I have some newly clean oven racks. But, my oven itself is a mess. I needed a way to clean it while staying true to my credo of not using harsh chemicals in my home. This pin held hope.

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This pin comes from instructables.com.

Could this really work for my oven? My son’s favorite food is pizza. (He makes a mean homemade pizza.) But pizzas drip and cause a mess in the oven.

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That’s a nasty before shot of my oven bottom with all the pizza droppings. Here’s the door.

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First I gently scraped the bottom of the oven with a metal spatula. I used a paper towel to gather the scraped off pieces of charred food.

Next, I put about a cup of baking soda on the bottom and door of my oven per the instructions, and then sprayed vinegar from a squirt bottle onto the baking soda. I attempted to mix the baking soda and vinegar on the bottom of the oven as best I could and take some of that mixture and smear it onto the sides.

Hindsight is 20/20, but I think it would have been easier to use the second option given and mix the ingredients together outside the oven and then apply it as a paste.

I let it sit for 20 minutes.

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After sitting, I scrubbed with a Brillo steel wool pad in a circular motion (except, of course, for the window!). My oven looks pretty good.

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Some baked on grime still existed, but the majority was gone.

The one thing that didn’t come clean was the oven window. Yuck! Now I know what I’m working on next week!

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Do you have cleaning jobs planned this week?

Until next time, happy pinning!

Shelly

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