Spills and splatters in the oven are inevitable. While you can use all-purpose cleaners or popular commercial cleaning products to remove them and keep your oven clean, you can use the following tips to clean your oven naturally.
1. Refer to the instruction manual that came with your unit upon purchase. If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, the task should be easy. However self-cleaning ovens vary depending on the manufacturer and model. Hence when using a certain feature for the first time, always check the user’s manual. During the cleaning cycle, self-cleaning ovens use extremely high temperatures, usually around 800 to 1,000 degrees. Ovens with self-cleaning functions require a timer to control the amount of time for self-cleaning and thermostatic controls for controlling the temperature. Without the use of abrasive cleaners, the system will incinerate the grease, drippings, and splatters inside the oven. Remember to remove the racks first before cleaning. When the oven is done cleaning and is fully cooled, wipe the ashes clean using a damp sponge and put the racks back in place.
2. Clean your oven manually using your own cleaning recipe. Needless to say, if your oven does not come with a self-cleaning feature, you have to clean it with your own hands. If you would rather not use harsh chemicals on your oven, there are many natural cleaners you can use as alternatives.
- Baking soda, salt, and water. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda and four tablespoons of hot water. Using a sponge, apply the mixture to the insides of the oven. Allow it to stand for at least 15 minutes before scrubbing, rinsing, and wiping it clean. For tough stains, make a paste out of one cup of baking soda, one cup of salt, and one cup of water. Apply to the insides of the oven and close the door to heat the oven to 500 degrees. Turn the oven off after an hour and let it cool. Using a damp sponge wipe the oven clean.
- Vinegar, baking soda, dish soap. Mix four tablespoons of white vinegar, five tablespoons of baking soda, and four drops of ordinary liquid dish soap. Apply the pasty mixture to the insides of the oven and scrub. Vinegar and baking soda are perfect elements not only for cleaning but also for removing unpleasant odor.
- Lemon juice and salt. To get rid of grease and stains, a mixture of fresh lemon juice and salt will make the task easy for you. Apply the mixture to the stains and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Scrub, rinse, and wipe the oven clean.
- Essential oils, vinegar, and water. Natural oils like lavender, tea tree, rosemary, cinnamon leaf, pine needle, etc, are great elements to add to your cleaning recipe. Choose one or two essential oils and mix with vinegar and water. The solution does not only provide anti-bacterial properties but a fresh and lovely fragrance as well.
If you want to minimize spills and splatters in the oven, remember to cover your food with foil or cookie sheet. As for the exterior of your oven, you can use the same natural cleaners and make sure that the outside matches the cleanliness inside.