Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Easy Oven Cleaner
This formula is my go-to for keeping the oven presentable. Spills happen. Life is messy. But you already know that.
Easy Oven Cleaner
3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup water
Mix to make a paste. Smear on the messy spots in the oven. Let sit a few hours, or best, overnight. Wipe clean.
I am attempting to switch away from all the heavy chemical laden cleaners. At one rental we had a double oven. The bottom oven looked like someone had melted half a gallon of chocolate marble ice cream in it. Shudder. I didn't even open the bottom oven for months. We were having a crowd over, though, and I needed both ovens. For that, I bought a spray can of "unscented, odorless" cleaner. It wasn't. But it did the nasty job. Cleaning someone else's mess is different than cleaning your own. Do you feel that way? Our own dirt and mess we can tolerate. Someone else's dirt, though, is - well - disgusting! Anyway, that oven cleaned up fine and was sparkly once all the ice cream - or whatever it was - was gone.
This formula is easy to mix with stuff you already have in the cupboards, easy to spread, and it is easy to go do something else for a few hours while it does its job in the oven, soaking up the goo on the bottom of the oven. If you need to spread it on the sides of the oven, thin it with a little bit more water.
Wipe clean - not perfect, but a clean oven makes me feel like a good housekeeper. And that is a good thing. Perhaps I should mention that this works best if done routinely, as spills happen. Not waiting months until the baked on mess has solidified enough to be carbon dated. But you already know that.
Oh, and I should mention, this formula is from Martha Stewart. Guess I should mention, too, that no reference to a certain product name is intended.