2. Ingredients for Homemade Oven Cleaner
If you want to make your own oven cleaner, then you’ll need the following:
- Glass bowl
- Scrub sponge
- Pastry brush
- Castile soap
- Baking soda
- Orange essential oil
1. How to Clean Your Oven Using a Natural Oven Cleaner
Remove the oven racks from the oven. You will clean the oven racks separately by washing and scrubbing them in your kitchen sink.
Place a 50/50 mix of baking soda and castile soap in a bowl and mix. The castile soap is ideal because it is pure and chemical free (you can also use it to clean windows or other glass). The baking soda is naturally abrasive and can quickly remove baked-on food from the oven’s interior. Baking soda is what is referred to as a nahcolite, which contains sodium bicarbonate and makes it an ideal cleaner.
Add the vinegar and the orange essential oil to the baking soda and castile soap. Blend it together until it forms a paste. The orange essential oil has a wonderful citrus aroma, and it is a strong antibacterial with antimicrobial compounds referred to as terpenes. The vinegar also acts as a strong antibacterial.
Apply the homemade oven cleaner to the oven’s interior. Use the pastry brush to coast the oven in the homemade cleaner. Be sure to soak the entire interior of the oven compartment. Allow the mixture to sit on the surface for at least six to eight hours. Ideally, you can apply it before bed. It will create a foam when on the oven, which is normal and should cause no concern.
In the morning, wipe the inside of the oven clean using warm water and a sponge. Rinse the sponge frequently in the warm water to remove the cleaner and debris. You might need to refill the bowl several times during the cleaning process.
If the oven is not completely clean, then you can reapply the homemade cleaning solution and wait an additional six to eight hours. Remove the cleaner with warm water and a sponge.
To keep your oven looking clean, frequently remove any burnt-on debris using the homemade oven cleaner. Avoid letting the dirt and grime build-up or it will become even harder to clean.
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