Well, like I mentioned before, I have not been spending too much time in the kitchen. I have been abiding by the sign above and watching my happy children make my floor stickier by each passing summer day.
I read this somewhere and know it too well to be true: “Cleaning your house while your children are home is like brushing your teeth while eating oreos.” Amen to that.
But, just recently I went on this crazy purging and cleaning spree. A house full of boys and their friends in the summertime, romping carefree through the house, leaving trails of crumbs and puddles from wet swimsuits behind them, just may have been what set me off.
And I clearly need more excitement in my life because this following discovery has thrilled me to no end.
I figured out a magic concoction to clean the disgusting, baked-on crud off of my oven door….without chemicals! And it is a completely quick and easy way to make it sparkly clean.
My oven gets a lot of use and I never thought I could get it this see-through again.
I do get that my oven has a self-cleaning feature. I just refuse to use it because I hate that smell more than I hate looking at my gross mess in there. So I usually just scrub any immediate messes the best I can and then go about my day.
So…after reading about a number of different non-toxic, natural, chemical-free oven cleaning remedies, I finally decided to combine a bunch of ideas and create my own. It was so simple and only involved exactly what I had on hand.
First I opened the oven door.
Then I sprayed it with a mixture of white Vinegar and Water.
Then I covered this mixture with Baking Soda.
Then I covered that with Kosher Salt.
Then I sprayed a little more of that lovely Vinegar and Water. You could actually hear the Vinegar and Baking Soda working their magic together and sizzling away.
Then I waited. I am not good at waiting patiently. I could have let it sit overnight. I figured ten minutes would have to do just fine though.
Then I scrubbed. Then my husband started laughing at me.
Then he scrubbed. Then I started laughing at him.
Note the blurry picture. It is because I was, indeed, laughing at him while capturing this moment on film.
Then he got out this AMAZING RETRACTABLE RAZOR (and trust me when I say you want one of these…they are only like $5 or $6 and have hundreds of uses)….
Then he made a few swipes across the entire face of the oven glass. And all of a sudden?
THIS HAPPENED!! Every ounce of crud was gone. gone. gone.
Note: if you do the above steps, always keep the glass very very wet if you are scraping with a razor so that you do not scratch the glass.
And then I went online and bought this AMAZING OVEN LINER so that I do not have to depend on my oven for my arm work outs…
These mats simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. No more messes! Brilliant, I tell you. Brilliant.
So..I guess the actual recipe would go something like this:
How to Clean Your Oven Without Chemicals
- 1 Spray Bottle
- 1 cup Water
- 1/3 cup White Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Kosher Salt
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1 Razor Blade
1. Mix water and vinegar together in the spray bottle. Spray this mixture all over your oven door and/or the inside of your oven.
2. Sprinkle a thick layer of the Kosher Salt evenly over this mixture.
3. Sprinkle a thick layer of the Baking Soda over the salt.
4. Spray the vinegar/water mixture over the salt and baking soda until it forms a paste. Note: you should begin to hear the vinegar and baking soda working together at this point. Now. Let it sit.
5. Then, using a scouring pad, scrub with a little man power until you start to see the crud coming off. Once you have scrubbed all that you want, get out your razor and, making sure that the mixture stays very wet, gently scrape off any remaining crud.
Now go buy your oven liner pronto so you don’t have to ever do this again!!
So tell me…how do you clean your oven?
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Kim Maes, CNC, AADP, known as the Allergy Free Food Coach, is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Certified in the Practical Application of Food Allergy Guidelines.. She is also the creator of the Cook It Allergy Free iPhone and iPad Apps and the Cook It Allergy Free website, where she shares her passion for teaching others how easy and delicious it can be to eat whole, pure allergy-friendly meals that the entire family will enjoy.