Ovens are some of our homes’ most overworked appliances. This results in lots of burnt-up dirt and grime collecting over time.
Many people, me included, put off cleaning the oven for as long as possible, which worsens the food quality and shortens the oven’s lifespan.
Chemical oven cleaners are one of the most dangerous and toxic products on the market. They’ll full of harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients that will clean your oven, but are not good for your health or that of the environment.
It’s far better to opt for an eco-friendly oven cleaner option instead. They can achieve just the same results as chemical cleaners and will guarantee a sparkling-clean oven in no time, just in a much more sustainable way.
In this blog, we’re going to go over 5 eco friendly ways to clean your oven:
- With sodium bicarbonate and white vinegar
- With lemons (3 different ways)
- With sugar soap
Let’s find out more on eco oven cleaning methods and how you can use these in your kitchen.
How to Clean Your Oven Overnight – Sodium bicarbonate and white vinegar
Sodium bicarbonate and white vinegar are one of the best eco-cleaning ways to clean your oven overnight.
In fact, white vinegar is one of the greenest cleaners you can use in your home. Not to mention, one of the most effective.
This eco-friendly mixture is powerful and non-corrosive. It will ensure you will have a sparkling-clean appliance in less than 24 hours.
Here’s how to clean your oven using this method:
- Mix baking soda and a little bit of water to make a paste.
- Spread the paste all over the inside of your oven, including the glass door and the racks. Ensure everything is coated really well, and let it sit overnight.
- The next day spray generously with undiluted distilled white vinegar (you will notice a fizz)
- Close the door and let it sit for 1-2 hours.
- After that, take a rag and scrub in circular motions.
- Once you are done scrubbing, rinse the rag, and wipe out the baking soda. Do so until all traces of it are gone.
If it’s been quite a while since you thoroughly cleaned your oven, you might have to repeat the process to get it sparkling clean.
How To Clean Your Oven With Lemon
Cleaning your oven with lemon is pretty simple and certainly an eco-friendly oven cleaning method.
The citric acid within lemon is an excellent way to cut through all the grease. This is particularly useful if it’s been a long time since you last did a thorough clean.
There are three ways to use lemons to clean your oven:
1. DIY lemon cleaning agent
Creating your own cleaning solution is quite simple and really effective.
- Squeeze the juice out of 2-3 lemons.
- Mix that with some water and put it on the stove to boil.
- Add a tablespoon of your regular dishwashing soap when the mixture starts to boil. 4. Once it stirs, take it off the heat.
- Wait an hour before you add it to an empty spray bottle.
- You can now spray directly onto dirty areas and use a scourer or a towel to wipe and clean.
2. Steam clean your oven with lemon
If it’s been a while since you last cleaned your oven, there will be lots of grease and burnt-up bits. Steaming your oven will help loosen all that up and make cleaning it much easier.
- Get a glass bowl and fill it with water.
- Squeeze two lemons and add the juice to the water.
- Insert the bowl into the oven and turn it on.
- Let the lemon steam water run for a while, making the cleaning process much easier afterwards.
3. Lemon rub cleaning treatment
If you’re in a rush and you need to loosen the dirt and built-up grime, then the lemon rub will be an extremely effective solution.
Here’s what to do:
- Cut a few lemons in halves.
- Once your oven is steamed, rub them across the surface to let the citric acid do its magic.
- The citric acid will break down the dirt and grime, making the cleaning process much easier.
Of course with all these lemon cleaning methods, don’t forget to compost your remaining lemon waste or pop it in your green waste bin.
Cleaning Your Oven with DIY Sugar Soap
Another effective oven cleaning technique is making your own sugar soap.
Although shop-bought sugar soaps contain chemicals, you can make your own eco-friendly version yourself and use it to achieve sparkling results in no time.
To create your DIY sugar soap:
- Add brown sugar and almond oil into an empty bowl and use a handheld mixer to blend them.
- Next, add liquid body wash, oats, and vanilla extract and whip until they become creamy in texture.
- Then use a spatula to transfer the mixture into a plastic container with a secure lid.
- You can then use it in your oven and store it in your fridge for up to two weeks.
You can also easily clean the racks with sugar soap too.
Simply soak them in a water and sugar soap solution and wait for all the built-up grease and stuck-on food bits to loosen and fall off.
Bonus Oven Cleaning Tip: Clean Up Spills with Salt
Table salt is an item available in every home. It’s cheap and a good sustainable alternative that you can use.
Besides using it for cooking purposes, salt can be used to clean up oven spills. The salt stops the potentially sticky spillage from setting hard in your oven.
Here’s what you need to do when you have a spill:
- Grab some table salt and apply it to the spill.
- Let it sit for a few hours.
- Wipe it with a soft cloth. Easy.
4 Tips To Make Your Oven Last Longer
Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to extend the lifetime of your hard-working appliance. A dirty oven also consumes more energy, thus reflecting on your electricity bill.
So, keep your oven in good condition to help it last longer and be more energy efficient. Don’t forget to clean the hob on top too. You can do this with various eco friendly cleaners, such as this refillable kitchen spray cleaner from Spruce.
1. Don’t spray your oven knobs directly
Spray your knobs and dials directly may cause corrosion and lead to the electrical elements burning out. Instead, spray the cleaning solution directly onto the rag and use it to clean the buttons and the knobs.
2. Use the right tools
A heavy-duty cleaner might be right for some ovens, but it could damage some brands’ heating elements and the protective coating.
If you are unsure, it’s best to go for something lighter, like baking soda and vinegar eco cleaning method.
3. Avoid the self-clean or auto-clean oven option
Some ovens have the ability to self-clean or auto-clean. This is where the oven heats up to enormous temperatures of around 500oC.
Not only does this release toxic fumes, but the extreme heat it produces will likely melt or damage your oven’s heating elements over time. Furthermore, it can cause small micro fissures that damage your glass door. Altogether, it’s much better to use eco-friendly ways instead.
4. Repair or change your door seals
The seals can crack or become frayed over time, so if your oven takes a long time to heat, you should check their condition or you can call professionals locally to do it for you.
Repairing your gaskets will increase your appliance’s longevity and prevent the heating elements from becoming damaged.
Wrap up on eco oven cleaning
Regular cleaning and maintenance using environmentally-friendly methods is the best way to increase the safety and longevity of your oven, reduce your electricity bill, and ensure your food tastes great.
The use of popular and green household cleaning ingredients, such as white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and the citrus acid of lemons, are great methods you can use for your oven too. Borax substitute for cleaning is also an amazing ingredient.
So, the next time you clean your appliance, forget the heavy-duty chemicals and use some of these effective eco-friendly oven cleaning options instead.
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