Chemical Free Oven Cleaning for the Home Ec Challenged

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I’ve confessed my lack of homemaking skills many times. Now I have another confession. I hate to clean my oven. In fact, I pretty much avoid it for as long as I can. I’ve tried commercial oven cleaner sprays, and they definitely aren’t “easy off.” I’ve tried my oven’s self-cleaning feature, but having flames spring up periodically in my oven is a little scary. And the smell that comes from all that burning is very hard on my sensitive nose. So when I found this recipe for a homemade oven cleaner on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try.

The recipe calls for mixing Dawn dish detergent, baking soda, and vinegar. You can read the measurements in the Pinterest article.

I’m pretty embarrassed to show my before picture. But here it is. I scraped it a little before applying the cleaner.

I decided to try it on my burner pans also- even though that wasn’t mentioned in the original article.

I mixed the Dawn, vinegar, and baking soda in a large bowl. It lathers up pretty well. I used this spatula to mix it and then used the spatula to rub it on the inside of the oven and on the burner pans. The article emphasizes rubbing on a thin amount. This is because it is extremely hard to get off. I let it sit for about 10-15 minutes after I coated it.

And here are the results. Not much helped the burner pans. It’s really time to get some new ones. I have a habit of letting things boil over.

But you can it really did help the inside of the oven. It wasn’t easy. I had to give it some good scrubbing. But I didn’t have to use chemicals, and all I really did was wipe it really good with a wet cloth and then keep wiping until it was rinsed.

I have to admit that I’m pretty impressed. It wasn’t extremely hard, and there is no nasty smell left around. And my oven really does look lots better.

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