Cleaning the oven seems to be that one household chore that housewives try to put off the longest. Since we cook almost everyday, it can seem pointless to clean something that’s just going to get dirty again. In 1963 the invention of the self cleaning oven came out, and much of the following generations never learned how to clean an oven the manual way.
Not only does a manual cleaning give your oven a needed deep cleaning, but it also extends the life of your appliance. Potentially saving you thousands of dollars!
How Often Should You Manually Clean Your Oven?
Generally your oven should be cleaned every 3 months. But if you start to notice a burning smell when you’re cooking, or you see that it’s dirty, you should clean it before then.
I like to use the automatic cleaner setting on the oven once a month and then every 3 months I will do a manual cleaning.
What You’ll Need
In order to do a proper manual cleaning with natural ingredients, you’ll need the following:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Dish Soap
- Scrubbing Pad
- Plastic Scraper
- Tin Foil
Take out the oven racks and let them soak in a bathtub full of hot, soapy water. Depending on how dirty your oven is, you may want to let these sit overnight to loosen up the grime that is stuck.
While they’re soaking, take a vacuum and vacuum up any loose debris and crumbs sitting in the oven.
Next we’re going to make our natural oven cleaner. Take ¾ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of warm water and mix together into a paste.
Take little pieces of tin foil and plug up any openings so the paste doesn’t get inside. Once that’s done take your paintbrush and paint a nice thick coat of paste all over the inside of the oven. Let it sit overnight.
The next morning you can use your sponge to wipe away the baking soda and grime. You can use a plastic scraper for any tough spots that don’t come up with the sponge.
In addition, take the soaked racks out of the bathtub and give them a good scrub down to get the grime and grease off.
Once the oven is wiped out, take your white vinegar and spray it all over the inside of the oven to sit for a few hours. (If you use essential oils, you can add 3-4 drops into the white vinegar to get a more pleasant smell.)
After a few hours have passed you can wipe up the vinegar and it should clean up any remaining grime the baking soda left behind.
If The Bottom Is Still Dirty
Put together 3 tbsp of baking soda, 1 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tbsp of dish soap. Make a thick coating at the bottom of the oven and let it sit for a few hours or overnight.
Follow this by wiping out the remaining grease or scraping it with the plastic scraper. Spray the bottom down with white vinegar and wipe it down after an hour to make the inside of your oven shine.
Knowing how to clean an oven is a necessary housewife skill. It’s even more impressive if you learn how to clean it with natural ingredients instead of the quick fix sprays that are filled with chemicals (remember, this is where you cook food for your family). With only a few hours of labor and love, you can get your oven to shine like new again!
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