I’m still slowly doing some spring cleaning around the house – long neglected areas that really need a deep cleaning. One of the handful of things I wanted to accomplish this Spring was a deep clean of our oven. It desperately needed it! This is my step by step process of how to clean your oven naturally without chemicals.
I have to first start this post by apologizing to anyone who has used our oven in the past several years. When I finally saw the true state of our oven, I was embarrassed by how long my “slob vision” kept me from seeing how desperately it needed cleaning.
In the 10 years that we have lived in this house, I think we’ve only done a deep cleaning once or twice. The first time we used the typical oven cleaner with lots of chemicals and warnings about not getting the stuff on your skin – scary! We haven’t used it again since. The chemicals and the fumes were not worth a quick clean of the oven.
Research on How to Clean Your Oven Naturally
So after looking through Pinterest and reading some blog posts about how other folks were cleaning their ovens, I decided to go with the simple but reliable choice of baking soda, a scrubber, and a small piece of steel wool.
Some people were using a Magic Eraser or a Pumie Scouring Stick to clean their oven doors (which I had never heard of but am planning on trying on our toilets!), but I wanted to try the straightforward and natural way. I figured if it didn’t work, I could always try one of these other methods.
Our Oven Before
What I used:
- Baking Soda
- Water (to mix with the baking soda to form a paste – similar in consistency to toothpaste)
- Scouring sponge
- Steel wool
Four Steps to Clean Your Oven Naturally
- Form the baking soda past and apply all over the surface of the oven. Our oven is gas, but if you have an electric oven, just make sure not to get any on the coils.
- Leave it for several hours. I left mine overnight.
3. Use a wet sponge and scrub! Rinse out sponge, repeat. I had to put to quite a bit of elbow grease into scrubbing, especially the far wall and the top of the oven.
4. For the stubborn spots that wouldn’t come off, I used the steel wool and it broke up the bits so I could use the sponge and get it off completely.How to clean your oven naturally in 4 steps. #cleaningtip #springcleaning Click To Tweet
Our Oven After
The whole project from start to finish (including the oven racks) probably took about an hour. It wasn’t easy – there was a whole lot of scrubbing going on, but it was so worth it. Now that the layer of grime is gone, it will be so much easier to clean the next time!
Besides our children and our own health, here is another reason we don’t want chemicals in our house:
Have you done any deep cleaning lately? How do you clean your oven?
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