I love a clean home, and generally most cleaning tasks are not that arduous to me. But there’s one task I hate, and that is oven cleaning.
I did some interesting attempts on making my very own oven cleaner with the use of baking soda and white vinegar. At first I had my doubts about how effective it would be, but surprisingly it did what I hoped it should do.
Homemade Oven Cleaner
- After the oven has already cooled down, start removing all remaining food that has burned inside the oven.
- Start removing the racks then start sprinkling the baking soda on the bottom part of the oven. Try sprinkling with an empty container of Parmesan cheese, as it makes it easier to apply. After which, pour (or spray with a spray bottle) a small amount of the white vinegar on the baking soda. Try the measurement ration of 1/8 cup of white vinegar with ¼ cup of baking soda.
- Now put the rack back into the oven. Fill up the baking dish with some hot water and then put back again the rack. Close the door of the oven. Put it to about 250 degrees for about 5 minutes. After that, let it cool down for 15 minutes.
- Get the pan of water inside as well as the rack. Start scrubbing your oven. Try with crumpled up aluminum foil as an effective scrubber, or any other heavy duty type scrubber will do. In scrubbing the oven walls, make a paste from mixing 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1/8 cup of baking soda.
- Continue scrubbing until clean, then rinse it all with warm water. Use clean rags this time.
Depending on how you use your oven, cleaning its inside may be no more than a once-in-a-while chore. The best measure is a preventive one: Wipe up overflows and spills when they’re fresh to prevent the crusty, baked-on spills that will later season foods with the distinctive taste of burned toast. But if, alas, grease and grime build up gets the best of you, choosing a chemical-free, nontoxic oven cleaner is the healthy way to go.
While conventional oven cleaners provide elbow-grease-free action, they are loaded with toxic and caustic chemicals. The chemicals do the work so you don’t have to. Heavy-duty solvents are popular because they do work, but they are dangerous to touch or breathe.
Some oven-cleaning formulas include glycol ethers, which are severe irritants of the eyes, skin, and lungs, extremely dangerous to inhale, and prone to causing reproductive problems. There’s also 2-butoxyethanol, which is also a severe irritant of the eyes, skin, and lungs; dangerous to inhale, and easily absorbed through the skin, and it may cause damage to the liver, kidneys, lymph- and blood-forming organs and nervous system.
For caustic action strong enough to cut through tough oven gunk, many conventional cleaners contain severe corrosives like sodium hydroxide, which can be dangerous to inhale or touch; can burn the eyes, skin and lungs, and can cause chronic damage to tissues.
You can also find in them such nefarious propellants as propane, butane and isobutene, which are harmful to inhale. Considering the chemicals that are in these aerosols, it would be wise to wear a respirator when using them and heavy duty gloves, as well as having great ventilation going.
Perhaps you don’t realize how much money you spend on your oven cleaners now. We throw them into the shopping cart and you’re off to the register. If you added up the cost of all your cleaners, you might be surprised how only a handful of them can add up to $20 or $30 in just a single shopping trip. It’s particularly expensive if you indulge in the more toxic cleaning products like oven cleaners. Over many years, the use of safe and friendly cleaners may result in significant savings too.