I don't know about you, but oven cleaning is never at the top of my chore list. It is an annoying, time-consuming job that requires a lot of scrubbing and the nasty smell of oven cleaners burning off your nose hairs. What if I told you, there was a quick, easy, effective and completely natural way to get a sparkling clean oven with no loss of nose hairs?
This super easy, stink-free, natural way does an incredible job of keeping my oven clean. I'm afraid there is no avoiding the inevitable bit of scrubbing, but this method has certainly reduced the time it takes to clean my oven. And, what's even more awesome, is that it is super cheap and only two ingredients are needed....
The good 'ol trustworthy baking soda and white vinegar. I also like to add lemon to my cleaning, as it helps with the removal of grease whilst deodorising and providing natural anti-bacterial properties.
WHY THESE INGREDIENTS:
This multi-use ingredient is amazing at fighting odours and dissolving grease and grime. The structure of the particles in baking soda provides a gentle abrasive quality to help remove baked-on food without scratching the surface of your oven.
Like baking soda, white vinegar is a great odour-neutralising ingredient, as well as helping to kill bacteria thanks to its antimicrobial properties. Its acidity is just right for effective cleaning without damaging any surface. The combination of white vinegar with baking soda produces Co2 which is helpful for lifting dirt. It is important to not use equal parts of baking soda and white vinegar as the combination needs to be either on the acidic or basic side of the pH scale to be effective.
Aside from their fresh and pleasant aroma, the citric acid in lemons is the key to why it makes such an effective addition to cleaning. Citric acid kills bacteria and can even help to get rid of rust. Lemons are perfect for helping to de-grease an oven
Make a paste with 1 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water, and then add enough white vinegar to make a thick paste. You can also add 1 tbsp of lemon juice if you want.
Remove wire racks. Using a soft cloth, wipe the paste onto the inside of your oven, being careful to not get too much around the fan area (otherwise you will cleaning dried baking soda off the bottom of your oven for months to come - (yes, I am speaking from experience!). Try to apply the paste as soon as you have mixed it while it's still bubbling for the most effective results. Let it sit for up to 24 hours.
Place an old towel on the bottom of your bathtub to prevent scratches. Place your oven racks on top and fill the tub with hot water until it covers the racks. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup baking soda in the water, a good squirt of dishwashing liquid, and pour over about 2 cups of white vinegar. Let it sit for up to 24 hours before using a microfibre or scouring cloth to clean.
Wipe out the inside of your oven with a damp soft cloth, put the wire racks back in and you are done!
Take a look at the video below to watch this process in action.