Friday, September 7, 2012

homemade oven cleaner



I have a shameful secret. And it lies within my oven. I've been cooking and making messes in there for just over four years... and I've only cleaned it once!

That one time I cleaned my oven was long ago and not a happy experience. I was intimidated by all the grease and burnt up food bits so I figured I would need the most heavy duty cleaner that the store offered. And this one said it right on the can. 



Big mistake. Even with the windows wide open and every fan I own on full blast, the air was so heavy with fumes it was hard to breathe. I wanted to finish as quickly as possible and when I was done I worried about all the chemicals that were left behind. 

I never wanted to do it again. But recently I noticed that I could hardly see through my little oven window and I knew it was time. Even though I still had tons of oven cleaner left I looked for an alternative method that would be more bearable. 

eww


There are lots of safe oven cleaning methods online. I have to admit I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes to homemade cleaning remedies. So I used ingredients that a lot of people had success with... plus I already had this stuff.



To make this cleaner just form a paste out of baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar (all I had was apple cider vinegar). I didn't measure. Just add the ingredients until it's not too thick or too thin. The mixture below is a bit too thick. 

I ended up adding more vinegar and lemon juice to thin it out. This mixture just crumbled up when I tried to use it.






Before you start scrubbing your oven be sure to remove any burnt food or ash that might be hanging around in there. 

double eww


Then take your paste and slather it all over the greasy icky stuff. I even used a lemon half as my applicator. 



Once you've got a good coating let it rest overnight. And order takeout for dinner. 

The next day the paste had dried out and hardened. 



I took a damp, warm, washcloth and laid it over small sections of the paste and rubbed in circles until it came up. And to my surprise most of the grossness came with it! Although getting the gunk off the door took a little more elbow grease.



I used a toothbrush (my favorite cleaning tool!) and a plastic scrapper to make my oven window super clear and see through. 

Other than waiting over night this was a pretty speedy cleaning method. Cleaning with lemon was a joy and there were no harmful fumes or chemicals to get in the way of my breathing! Major plus. Check out the results!!





This method was cheap, quick, easy and safe. How marvelous! I couldn't believe how well it worked. Maybe I'll be cleaning my oven more often!! 

Have you ever made your own cleaning products before? 

35 comments:

  1. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! That's amazing and I need to try this! Your 'before' oven is exactly how mine looks right now hahaha. Thanks for sharing this great info!

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    1. Thanks!! Good luck with your oven!! : )

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  3. Ooo gotta try that! I'm always loathe to clean my oven because once a week at my job they use industrial oven cleaner- the smell closes my throat! Hooray for lemony cleanliness!

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    1. Ew, you have to endure those chemicals once a week? Not fun!!

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  4. you're funny!!!!! am enjoying your posts

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    1. Thank you!! How nice of you to say : )

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  5. LOL! Fun post. Your oven looks beautiful!

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  6. You're my hero! The apartment has started to develop a weird smell because my fiance hasn't had the time to clean the over... since thanksgiving and the debacle of the turkey. Tonight will end the smell!!

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  7. Washing them just spread around more ash and made them look worse. Trying to sand them just tore the rock apart and one would only be able to clean small sections at a time. The oven doors were commonly very difficult to clean as well.

    Thanks to your post, It could resolve my problem by then.


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  8. this is amazing.. works awesome.. never use Easy off oven cleaner again.. thanks.

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  9. It worked amazing on my 7 years of being uncleaned oven!! I soaked the shelves in the bathtub overnight, when I rinsed the tub it was sparkling. With a house of 5 kids that was pretty grimey too, no more buying chemical cleaners for this Mom!! Thank you!!

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  10. Mixing baking soda and lemon juice or vinegar just makes it foam, so the acid doesn't do anything. Would work just as well with water to make the paste.

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    1. Not if you add small amounts slowly. See my photos? No foam!

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  11. I tried this yesterday/last night, following your instructions precisely. My oven was significantly dirtier than yours - more baked on splatters, from what I can tell from your pictures. I wish it worked as well for me as it seems to have worked for you.

    Probably half of the grime in the cavity of the oven was lifted off. The door/window was completely unaffected by the treatment. In order to get the baked-on stuff off the window, I used a steel wool & soap pad, and it took 20 minutes of continuous and strong scrubbing.

    I am not looking for perfection, but this is no wonder cleaner. I did not miss the fumes of the oven cleaners or of using the self-cleaning function of the oven, but I did not relish the scrubbing necessary.

    One last thought - using the lemon as an applicator was new and different, and I'm not sure it was very effective.

    Still looking for a good, natural oven cleaner.

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  12. I did this and the solution seeped between the windows and now I have white clouds around the window on the inside, not sure what is worse.

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  15. I am trying this today. I hope that it works as well as your results! I love the fact that there are no noxious fumes. I have used the industrial cleaners before and have almost choked on the fumes.

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  17. Industrial ovens are used for serving different applications in the industry which include the baking, preheating, curing, etc.

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  18. It always pleasanty surprises me at how simple seemingly impossible things can be made! I have no shame in admitting I'm awful at cleaning ovens, and although I use bicarb, vinegar, lemons, etc throughout my home, I just never fancied doing the cooker myself! I have a house for my family and a small flat in birmingham that I rent to two students and I don't know which gets worse, ours or theirs! In the past I've used oven cleaning kent and oven cleaning birmingham and I've always loved seeing the clean cooker, but with posts like this it gives me the confidence to go ahead and have a go myself... wish me luck! :)

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  19. Wow, it looks like you just bought a new oven!

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  20. Thank you for this - I've shared it on my Facebook. I think more and more people are going for natural and chemical free solutions to cleaning these days. I didn't realise at first but a lot of professional companies to this too. I've been using a couple of professional companies for my various properties and they do a fantastic job of this. I'm disabled so it's sometimes hard for me to get down to clean devices myself, but I'd be happy to recommend oven cleaning maidstone if anyone's in the area. But with blogs like this, people can continue to arm themselves with the knowledge needed to have a clean, happy and safe home - great work, thanks again!

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  21. This is a simple and effective way to clean an oven and many other surfaces. If you had problems then you didn't follow the directions as well as you think you did or didn't THINK about how the oven glass is assembled. READ YOUR MANUAL.

    Good tips Amanda. Always enjoy reading your work!

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  22. Thanks for the information. Our cooker recently died a sorry death (right before Christmas, I know! *weep*). We were kindly given an old second hand one from a friend of a friend - it has apparently been in the garage a while but seems to work fine. However, it's filthy! With my own cookers in the past I've used oven cleaner solihull and oven cleaner sheffield, but they do such a good job it seems a shame to waste money on an oven I'm only going to use until new year in the sales, so this blog has been very helpful indeed thanks... I don't want my turkey tasting of nasty chemicals! ;) Thanks again, have a great Christmas :) x

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  23. I am visiting my son recently , his oven looks really awful and I can't bear the thought if not doing anything for it...This blog just comes in time very helpful. I would definitely give it a try and remove the eye sore.

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  24. I have been searching for ages for a oven cleaning guide as good as this one. Thank you!!! Bookmarked and trying on my next day off! I do use Expert Oven Cleaning when I really cant face it, this is great as the results are unreal, but I would be useful to be able to do the basics myself at times.

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  25. I am trying this today I hope it works. The smell of oven cleaners make me sick. I will let you know if it works.

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  26. Hi, I'm currently trying this. My problem is, I can't wait and I mess with it and go and scrub it a little here and there. I did try this once before, but only let it soak about an hour and it wasn't really effective. If you think about it, most clean g products are made from these common household items, but need to have preservatives and since things are being added, why not add some chemicals to make their products work faster and more efficient, and at the cost of our health!
    Now that I have a baby of my own and I'm home more often, I like Chemical free DIY things, it's fun and often you can experiment and find stuff that works just as good or better.
    I have tried a ton of DIY cleaners and beauty tips, and have posted them to my pinterest, and have a board called' DIY, things I've tried' and I write a comment about how they worked, anything added, etc. Check out my boards if you'd like. ALSO, the one miracle thing I use on every thing from stains in clothes to carpets, floors, toilets, anywhere is this: HYDROGEN PEROXIDE and DAWN DISH SOAP (the blue kind, they say it has magical properties, I believe them, lol) and I keep this mixture in a spray bottle, one part Dawn to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. My husband says you have to keep peroxide in a dark bottle so it doesn't break down and loose it's efficiency, but I go through it so fast, I don't think it matters. I've got so many stains out of clothing, things I was going to throw away, even after the clothes had been washed and dried. My daughter spilled nail polish on our white carpet, and I used this. I sprayed it, sprinkled some baking soda over and poured some vinegar and scrubbed the heck out of it. I did it about 5x's and it's now gone. I have it posted on my pinterest board! Sorry for the long story, hope this helps a few of you here! It's definitely helped me!

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  27. I make my own laundry liquid soap and I love it! I also make lotion, lip gloss, liquid hand soap, etc. See my pinterest board Vers l'ind├ępendance (the name is in french but most of the pins are in english). http://www.pinterest.com/homepink/vers-l-independance/

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