Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Green Cleaning Recipe - Oven Cleaner

Seriously, my oven and I have been at war for some time now. I only resort to cleaning it once a year now and lovely thoughts do not go through my head while I am doing it. That’s why I only clean it after the kids have gone to bed and I only do it once a year. I don’t like those “oven cleaners” they sell in stores and I don’t like the self-cleaning oven feature. Hence, it’s me against the oven. The oven usually wins. “Why don’t you use the self-cleaning feature?” Biker Boy asked me. Probably because the last time I heard him tell someone to use that feature, I saw the oven on fire. That’s why.

Some icky-blacked burned on scum has been sitting on the bottom of my oven for a long time. So long that I can’t even remember what it use to be before it was black. I attacked it last time and lost. I tried the ‘put salt on it while the oven is still warm method and you should be able to just wipe it off’. Doesn’t work. At least it didn’t work on my black stuff. So the black stuff stayed, until last night.

Enter my new love of oven cleaning. Baking Soda and Water!

Just generously sprinkle baking soda over the crusty yucky stuff, spray with water, and let sit. Then wipe. Repeat it needed and add a little elbow grease.

Wah la! I wish I would have taken a before picture (it would have been embarrassing). Here’s a during:

Here’s some of the junk I got out:

Here’s after:

There’s a little bit left to get, but I got tired and was happy with the drastic change from before. Biker Boy commented, “The glass looks a little dirty too. Did you clean it?” “No,” I replied, “But if you think it’s dirty, you can clean it.” “It looks good to me,” Biker Boy said. I thought so. I love my man! *smile*

Any green oven cleaners you've found to be useful?  I'll just about try anything.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. We have a self cleaning range however I don’t use that function. When there is a nasty spill I use a Shaklee product which is green called ”Scour off heavy duty paste”, it smells like bubble gum, it’s an exclusive scouring cleanser that sets a new standard. It’s a paste, so it doesn’t form dust clouds. It cleans stuck-on messes. And it doesn’t burn off your nose hairs in the process. You can read more about it at


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