How To Make A Powerful Overnight Natural Oven Cleaner

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One of the most toxic cleaning products for sale, commercial oven cleaners contain ammonia and lye, among other harsh chemicals. It’s dangerous to let them linger on your skin. The fumes from these products burn into the lungs, soak into the home, and stay in the oven after they’ve “cleaned” it—their residue gets caked further into the oven (and your food) when it’s reheated. Commercial oven cleaners have to be disposed of too, sending these chemical remnants into the environment.

But you can make your own natural oven cleaner at home, and literally breathe easier.

Cleaning your oven naturally is a pretty simple process; it requires a bit of elbow grease (as does any scrubbing job) and about eight hours for the cleaner to really work. You’ll need some tools:

  • Paintbrush
  • Scrubber sponge
  • Two mid-sized glass bowls

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon natural liquid soap
  • 1 ½ cups baking soda (chose an aluminum-free product)
  • 3 or 4 drops of whatever essential oil you like (optional)
  • ¼ cup white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • Water as needed to thin out the paste you’ll make

Instructions for use

  1. Take the racks out of the oven, to clean separately in the sink (very hot water, liquid soap, and scrubbing will usually clean these—or apply the paste from step 2).
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a glass or metal bowl and mix thoroughly, into a paste.
  3. With the paintbrush, paint the paste over the entire surface area of the oven.
  4. Let the paste sit overnight; it’s going to foam up a bit, lifting grime off as it rises.
  5. Fill the other bowl with water, dip the scrubber in, and wipe off the paste (a glass bowls is good for this, as it lets you see how dirty the water is getting). Repeat this process until your oven is clean and pretty. You might have to switch out the water a few times; since you’ve used all natural ingredients, it’s fine to pour the waste water down the drain.
  6. To clean the scrubber and paintbrush off after, wipe as much grease off as you can with a paper towel, then hose them down really well (an actual spray hose outside is best). Leave them out in the sun for a day to dry.

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