So after my oven caught fire and an embarrassing run-in with the firemen, I decided to clean my oven.
But over my dead body would i use those toxic oven cleaning foams. Environmental toxicity and aerosol can aside, I’m fricking worried about the health side-effects. I once borrowed a can from a neighbour and 24hrs later, I could still smell the toxic odour in my kitchen. I couldn’t help but wonder if it would be contaminating my food, or worse, could the leftover fumes explode with the heat in the oven?
I have read in the past that a simple baking soda paste (baking soda + water) could do the trick if you let it soak overnight.
So I decided to give it a try…
I took out a box of baking soda, poured it into a big bowl and added enough water until I got a consistency much like icing sugar.
I spread it over the mess in the oven then went to bed.
Technically, one night is all it takes, but I have been so busy that I didn’t get to cleaning it until one week later.
Here it is. The baking soda hardened and it was super easy to break off. It absorbed the burnt food and turned it brown. For the real hardened pieces, I scrubbed them off with an SOS pad.
After all the dried paste bits were removed, I scrubbed the bottom with an SOS pad then rinsed with a cloth.
Voilà. A clean new oven. My oven won’t catch on fire again and the firemen will no longer be needed chez moi. Although, that wasn’t such a bad thing!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t actually think this would work. In the back of my mind, I was wondering what else I could try to complete this post. But low and behold, it did work. And it was easy.
And best of all, this was all done naturally with ingredients I already had in my house.
Your turn – have you ever tried this? Have any other natural cleaning methods that worked on your oven?