Have you ever looked into the ingredients in some commercial oven cleaners? A few of the common and worst offenders, found to be detrimental to our health and the health of the environment, include Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Butoxyethanol, Ethanolamine, Fragrance, Butane, and the list goes on. It can be hard to even find complete ingredients listings on packaging (Australian law doesn’t enforce it), or online. I respect companies that are transparent and list all ingredients on packaging (even if sometimes there are a few less than desirable ones), because it shows us they have nothing to hide, allowing consumers to make educated choices.
So, let’s clean our ovens with a few simple ingredients and, wait for it, elbow grease!! Don’t be lazy 😉
Steps to cleaning your oven the non-toxic way
Wait until you have used your oven and it is hot (or, you could heat it first but that seems like a waste of energy).
Add about 1 litre of boiling hot water, 2 tablespoons of bicarb and one lemon (halved, squished and squeezed) into an ovenproof dish.
Place dish on top rack and shut the door for at least an hour. The steam will soften any build-up.
When it is all steamy, wipe down walls and door with a soft cloth, rinsing well between wipes in a bucket/sink of hot water and a tablespoon of castile soap.
You may need to use a scouring sponge (or ‘steel-o’) on the racks, roof and tray if you cook roasts and fatty meats often. If you find the racks and bottom tray need even more work, soak them in your laundry sink with HOT water, ½ cup of bicarb and ½ cup vinegar overnight, and try scrubbing again. Another option is to use my Cleaning Paste.
Make sure you wipe down your oven completely before use.
Stay on top of it rather than try to deal with months of build up!!!