Who likes cleaning the oven? Humm… anyone?
Cleaning the oven is one of my least favourite kitchen jobs. In fact, it used to be my absolute worst house job (even worse than cleaning my cat’s litter tray).
The thing is, I don’t like using chemical products with smelly fumes, and until recently the only natural cleaning solution I’d heard about was the bicarbonate solution.
I tried it once but I disliked it as I found it a faff to clean up.
So I went back to my oven cleaning products. That is until I discovered some other natural cleaning solutions that actually work and don’t make a mess! And within those, I found one that became my absolute favourite: lemon!
Lemon really is my go-to for cleaning at the moment. I even use it for cleaning the microwave.
So I’m happy. 😊 But I know lemon may not be for everyone, and so I’ve included two other natural solutions.
(I’ve included the bicarbonate of soda solution because I know people who swear by it and love it.)
I’ve also included a special hack for cleaning the oven door and two ways of dealing with spillage on the oven floor.
Whether you’re the one who does the house chores, or whether you outsource the cleaning but still need to manage them as a homemaker, there’s a hack for you.
So, without further ado, here are the six oven cleaning hacks:
Lemon really is a great all-purpose cleaner. Here’s what you do to clean your oven with lemon:
- cut four big lemons in half
- squeze the juice into a deep oven-proof bowl, and then add the lemon halves
- add boiling water until the bowl is three quarters full
- place the bowl in the oven
- leave for thirty minutes at 120º (check now and then, and add more water if needed)
- let the oven cool down and then wipe with a clean cloth.
Not only will this get rid of the grime but it will make your kitchen smell lovely.
2- Bicarbonate of soda
Bicarbonate of soda is another one of those magic ingredients. Here’s what you do to clean the oven with it:
- place one cup of bicarbonate of soda, with half a cup of water and two tablespoons of vinegar in an oven-safe bowl
- mix the ingredients to form a paste
- use half of this paste mixture to tackle patches of grime
- leave the other half in the bowl and place in the oven for 45 minutes at 100º
- after the oven has cooled down, clean away the grime with a damp cloth.
As per the lemon method, this method relies on steam. Here’s how to use vinegar to clean your oven:
- measure water into a pan until it’s a third full
- heat the water until it starts boiling
- add an equal amount of white vinegar. (for instance, if you used three cups of water, use three cups of vinegar)
- allow this mixture to boil for 30 seconds
- remove the pan from the heat, place it in the oven and close the oven door
- leave the pan in the oven for an hour so that the oven gets steamed up
- clean the oven with a soapy sponge and finally clean with a damp cloth.
4- Dishwasher tablet
Who knew you could use dishwasher tablets for more than cleaning dishes? Well, apparently you can.
So, how does it work?
If you need to clean the oven door:
- dip the corner of a dishwasher tablet in warm water
- rub the tablet over the entire oven door
- leave for five minutes
- wipe off with a clean cloth.
And that’s it. Simple and effective.
5 – Salt
If you’re ever in the middle of cooking and suddenly hear something falling onto the oven floor, don’t despair. Simply open the oven door quickly and sprinkle some salt on top of the leak.
When the oven is cool it will be a lot easier to clean.
6- Oven liners
If you don’t fancy sprinkling salt into a hot oven, consider investing in some oven liners.
Simply place them at the bottom of the oven before each use, and then once the oven has cooled down, remove them and wipe them clean with a damp cloth.
And that’s it!
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