Natural, Nontoxic Oven Cleaner
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Cleaning your oven can be easy! Get rid of those chemical oven cleaners and use this natural, nontoxic oven cleaner for a safe, powerful 1-2 cleaning punch.
How often do you clean your oven...really? I use my oven regularly, and no matter how hard I try, occasionally things will splatter or bubble over and spill into the oven. Then, those splatters and drippings bake onto the oven door or the bottom of your oven.
By the time the oven has cooled, I've forgotten about the mess. And the next time I bake, it's like a smoke bomb went off. Oooops!
Can you relate?
Why Use A Natural Oven Cleaner
Cleaning the oven is a pain. I don’t have one of those fancy self-cleaning models--mine requires elbow grease to get clean.
Ease off of those chemical cleaners (they all get a health grade of “F” from Environmental Working Group) and use this natural combo for a 1-2 cleaning punch.
The process is time-consuming and using chemical-filled commercial oven cleaners is not on my must-have list.
Just like with my DIY All-Purpose Cleaner, I’m grateful there are quick and easy ways to make an effective natural oven cleaner using simple products you probably already have at home.
This homemade oven cleaner recipe shines in comparison to commercial cleaners because:
- There are no toxic chemicals that lead to toxic fumes that the entire household breathes.
- It’s cheaper to make than buying commercial cleaners.
- There are no chemical irritants to irritate your skin as you clean.
Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipe Ingredients and Why I Use Them
Each ingredient in this recipe has a specific purpose.
- Table salt - Adds an abrasive quality to help scrub away even the toughest of burned-on foods.
- Borax - Also known as sodium borate and helps remove tough stains.
- Baking soda - Also known as sodium bicarbonate and acts as both a natural abrasive as well as works to soften baked-on foods.
- White vinegar - Contains disinfecting properties and reacts with the baking soda to clean.
- Lemon essential oil - Has disinfecting properties and makes your oven smell citrusy fresh.
What Can I Use Instead of Lemon Oil?
Lemon oil is my favorite essential oil to use because of its scent and disinfecting properties. However, if you don't have lemon oil, there are several different oils you can use in its place!
Keep in mind that the smell may linger for a little while in your oven and some of these might not smell the best when heated.
Try these ideas as replacements for lemon oil:
- Wild orange oil - This is another citrusy oil so it will smell bright and uplifting while also purifying.
- Tea tree oil (aka melaleuca) - This is one of my favorite oils for general cleaning because it works so well. However, its scent may not be one you want lingering in your oven. I recommend you try it in a small section before fully committing.
- Thyme oil - Another powerful essential oil for cleaning, Thyme oil can be used to clean your cutting boards and your oven.
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