Katie Georgeson, Brand Manager at Stoves, a supplier with over 90 years of experience, shares how you get your oven sparkling with just a few natural ingredients
As spring beckons, many of us will begin thinking about getting our homes clean in time for the new season. But there’s one spring cleaning task that many of us will be dreading: the oven. Given the baked-on grease and grime that builds up in our ovens during everyday use, this can be a mucky, difficult job, especially if it’s been a while since you last gave yours a deep clean.
Cleaning the oven can often be one of the most unpleasant household jobs so, to help you out, I’ve compiled this guide to cleaning your oven using homemade remedies. These products are all safe, natural, and free from any harsh chemicals, and will help to get your oven clean and smelling fresh. Plus, you’ve probably already got most of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards anyway. Just read on to learn how to get great results using natural, eco-friendly ingredients.
What you’ll need
Before you get started, you’ll need to gather the following products:
- Baking soda, at least 180g
- White vinegar
- 4 lemons
- A juicer if you don’t have one, you can just squeeze your lemons by hand instead
- Cleaning gloves
- Empty bottle with a spray nozzle
- Dish cloth and sponge scourer
- A mixing bowl
You’ll also need to allow at least twelve hours for the mixture to do its magic, so pick a day when you won’t need to cook and can leave it to work overnight.
1 Mix the formula
First things first: you’ll need to mix your oven cleaning formula. Grab your mixing bowl, and stir one cup (equivalent to 180g) of baking soda with a few tablespoons of warm water to make a paste. You might need to adjust the amount of water so that you’re left with a spreadable paste.
At this stage, it will help if you give your oven a quick wipe down to remove any loose pieces of burnt food, dirt or debris from the bottom of your oven. You’llalso need to remove the shelves and any grill racks and set them to one side. If you plan to clean these as well, now is a good time to give them a good soak. Apply the mixture Next, you’ll need to grab a sponge and apply the paste to the inside of your oven. Spread the solution onto the walls of your oven, getting into all the nooks and crannies, including the shelving grooves at the sides. You’ll want to avoid spreading the mixture on your oven lights, and any rubber trimmings around the door. The mix will likely turn slightly brown as you rub it in, but this is perfectly normal — it just means the solution is getting to work.
While baking soda isn’t a harmful substance, cleaning the oven can still be a messy job, so it’s a good idea to wear a pair of rubber gloves and an old T-shirt while you apply the mixture. n with warm water Once the mixture is in place, you’ll need to leave it overnight to give it a chance to soak off all the grease and grime.
It will help to leave the door open, if possible, as it will prevent the paste from sliding off the door. The great thing about this solution is that you can leave it to do the hard work for you — so put your feet up and relax!
The next day, fill a bowl with warm water and wipe away the solution with a dishcloth or sponge — it may take a couple of changes of water to remove it all. Next, fill your spray bottle with some white vinegar, and spritz it lightly onto the insides of your oven. It will foam as it mixes with the baking soda residue. Leave it for ten minutes, before doing a final wipe down with some fresh water and a cloth. You might want to repeat the vinegar stage again to get your oven really clean and shiny.
White vinegar is an incredibly effective natural cleaning agent, but it can leave a strong, off-putting odour hanging around after use. If your kitchen smells like a chip shop, it may help to give your oven a quick wipe down using a natural lemon juice formula, which will counteract the smell of the vinegar and leave your oven smelling fresh.
To make the formula, simply juice four lemons and fill your trusty spray-nozzle bottle with a half water, half lemon juice mix. Then, spritz it all over the internal surfaces of your oven, and gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Add as much as you need to help neutralise any vinegary smells. You can keep the remaining lemon solution and re-use it whenever you need to give your surfaces a quick clean — it’s a particularly effective way to freshen up the insides of your fridge whenever it’s smelling a bit musty.
Cleaning your oven may not be the most pleasant chore but, with the right tools, you can make light work of washing even the dirtiest cookers. Just follow this simple but effective method, and you can let natural cleaning agents do all the hard work for you.
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