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You don’t want another problem waiting for you after you’ve come back home from your long day at work. Especially in the winters, when you could nicely curl up on the couch, with a cardigan on and watch Netflix, instead of cleaning the gunk from last night’s roasted chicken or casserole left on your oven.
But you’re here because you realized you have to do it at some point. Ugh! The struggles of being an adult! And commercial oven cleaners filled with chemicals haven’t proven to be successful all the time, so the best resort is homemade oven cleaning recipes.
Before we begin with the article, there are a few other techniques and methods you can incorporate for regular cleaning of the oven. Of course, if your oven has a self-cleaning feature you can use that. Apart from that, you can always add extra salt on the bottom of the oven after you’ve used it, then clean it off after a while.
Salt can be used for harsher stains too. Or cover the base with an aluminum foil to prevent any spills from touching the surface. Here are some homemade oven cleaning recipes.
13 Powerful Oven Cleaning Recipes
1. Baking Soda & Water
We are going to start with the best, most effective option: baking soda and water! Baking soda is a necessity in your kitchen, sometimes even more of a necessity than water. No, I’m kidding. But it has those special cleaning powers that can clean almost everything in your kitchen. Make a paste of three tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of water. Manage the proportions accordingly. Apply it on the areas in your oven with grease or stains on. Let it sit for twenty to thirty minutes. Wipe it off with a damp cloth or a sponge.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar & Sugar
This might come as a surprise, but apple cider vinegar is a well known natural cleaning agent. If you’ve just used your oven and need to clean it immediately, then this is one of the cleaning methods you should go with. Create a mixture of one cup of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar. Apply it to the warm oven. Let it sit for an hour (finish an episode of the Netflix show you’re watching). Scrub off the paste with a sponge or a cloth.
3. Baking Soda, Essential Oil, White Vinegar
Essential oils will help eradicate the filthy smell coming from the oven. So, make a mixture of four to five tablespoons of baking soda and half a cup of water. Add fifteen to seventeen drops of any essential oil you prefer. When the oven is off and cool enough, apply the mixture. Leave it for the next six to eight hours. With some white vinegar in a spray bottle, clean all the surfaces with the paste on.
4. Lemon Juice, Baking Soda, Dish Soap, Vinegar
Gather all the ingredients mentioned, make a paste of four tablespoons of baking soda, two to four drops of liquid dish wash, five tablespoons of vinegar, with three tablespoons of lemon. You can manage the proportions accordingly.
This recipe is devoid of harmful chemicals, which makes it safe to apply to on the surfaces of the oven. Spread the paste on all places with the stains or the grease. Allow the paste to work for a few hours. Later, scrub off the paste with a damp cloth or a sponge.
5. Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, Dish Soap
This is another completely effective method of cleaning your ovens and one that is very cheap. Hydrogen peroxide is another magical ingredient used to clean any stubborn stains or gunk in your house. Simply create a mixture of one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, three tablespoons of baking soda, and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Apply it on the stain spots, let it work for fifteen to twenty minutes. Clean the oven with a sponge or a damp cloth.
6. Lemon Juice, Dish Soap, Vinegar
I know I swore by baking soda earlier, but if that’s not available; it’s okay! Just lemon juice, dish soap, and vinegar can do the magic. Add half a cup of lemon juice, two tablespoons of dish soap, one cup of vinegar, and one cup of water to a bowl. Mix all these ingredients well. Put the recipe in a spray bottle. Spray the liquid in the oven where you see the stain spots, let it sit for thirty minutes. Later, clean it with a cloth.
7. Baking Soda, Coarse Salt, Dish Soap
Coarse salt; an age-old tradition when it comes to cleaning either the ovens or your throat. Make a paste of the three ingredients according to the grime and gunk collected in your oven. But a mixture of four tablespoons of baking soda, two tablespoons of coarse salt with one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, and some water will work just fine. Apply it on the interior of the oven. Allow it to work for a few hours. With the help of a sponge or a cotton cloth, clean the oven.
8. White Vinegar & Cornstarch
Vinegar with its acidic power and cornstarch acting as a natural abrasive combined together can create a great cleaning solution. Make a paste of one cup of white vinegar and one tablespoon of cornstarch. Heat it till the paste gets thick enough. Once it’s at room temperature, apply it in all the greased up or stained spots. Let it sit for twenty minutes. Wipe it clean with a sponge.
9. Baking Soda & White Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are both solid constituents, creating a disinfectant. Apply baking soda on the stubborn stains or grimes in the oven. Then make a mixture of two tablespoons of baking soda and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Spray it on the inside of the oven. Leave it for twenty to thirty minutes. Clean it off with a cotton cloth or a sponge.
10. Lemon Juice, Cornstarch, Dish Soap
Lemons have antibacterial properties that are perfect for green cleaning. Create a paste of one cup of lemon juice, one tablespoon of cornstarch, and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap. To thicken the paste; heat it, then let it cool down to room temperature. Apply the paste in the oven. Wait for twenty minutes, then clean it gently with a cloth.
11. Baking Soda, White Vinegar & Dish Soap
The process is the same as the others. Make a paste of three tablespoons of baking soda, one tablespoon white vinegar, and one tablespoon of dishwashing soap. Apply the paste on the oven. Let it sit for twenty minutes. Then clean it off with a damp washcloth or a sponge.
12. Rubbing Alcohol & Dish Soap
Rubbing alcohol is a germicide that helps in killing the influenza virus; which is why it’s best to clean the surfaces of an oven filled with stains. It helps remove the harsher grease. To start with, add three tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and water with some dish soap. Apply it to the oven and let it sit for twenty minutes. Later will it off with a sponge or a cloth.
13. Baking Soda, Table Salt, Dish Soap
You don’t necessarily have to have coarse salt, table salt works too. Make a mixture of one tablespoon of dish soap, with half a cup of baking soda and liquid dishwasher. Stir it properly to form a paste. Apply the paste on the stained surfaces in the oven, let it sit for twenty minutes. Then gently scrub it off with a cloth.
After you’re done cleaning, allow yourself to sit back and relax, now switch on the TV and ENJOY!