Oven Cleaning Tip

Regular oven cleaning technique (every month)
2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbs liquid castile soap
10 drops orange, lemon or lime essential oil
1/2 cup of water

Preheat oven to 250 degrees, turn off and leave oven door open. Combine the baking soda, soap, and essential oil in a clean spray bottle, add the water and shake well. Spray on oven walls and wait 20 minutes. Wipe clean and rinse well.

Major oven cleaning technique
(every few months)
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup borax
1 box (16 oz) baking soda
1/4 water
3/4 cup vinegar
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops of an essential oil you like

Combine salt, borax, and baking soda in a glass bowl. Add just enough water to make a paste. Remove oven racks, preheat oven to 250 degrees for 15 minutes, turn off the oven and open the oven door, leave the door open. Carefully spread the paste all over the oven walls and let sit for 30 minutes. Combine the vinegar and essential oils in a spray bottle and spray on walls over the paste and wipe clean. If a lot of baked-on grease is present, you may need to use steel wool with more salt in the mix.

Overnight oven cleaner technique
(twice a year)
1 cup water
10 drops lemon essential oil
1/2 cup salt
1-1/4 cups baking soda
2 Tbs liquid castile soap
1/4 cup vinegar

1- Block oven vents with aluminum foil. Preheat oven to 300 degrees for 15 minutes, turn off the oven and open the door, leave it open.

2- Combine 1/4 cup water with essential oil in a spray bottle and shake well, spray oven floor and walls with mixture.

3- Combine 1/4 cup salt with 1/2 cup baking soda. Sprinkle on oven floor, heavily where spills are baked on.

4- Mix 1/4 cup water with the remaining 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt, and castile soap. Spread this mixture on the oven walls, remove the foil from the vents and let sit overnight.

5- Combine the remaining water and vinegar in a spray bottle and in the morning spray onto the walls and floor and scrub with steel wool, continue to wipe up until shiny clean.

More oven cleaning tips

Soak those oven racks

If you don't have a self cleaning oven, place oven racks in the bathtub with about 1/2 cup dishwasher detergent and cover with several inches of warm water, let the racks soak as long as possible, at least 45 minutes. Then rinse and dry.

Soak the accessories too

Soak all the oven accessories (burner rings, knobs, burner grills, etc.) in a mixture of 1 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup vinegar, 6-10 drops of essential oil, let soak overnight and use fine steel wool to remove loosened grime.

Microwave Cleaning Tip
Combine one tsp. of vinegar, ten drops of lemon extract, and four ounces of water into a microwave safe bowl, run microwave on high for four minutes. Wipe out the microwave with a paper towel.

for a deeper cleaning:
1/4 cup baking soda
1 tsp vinegar
5-6 drops thyme or lemon essential oil.

Combine all ingredients to make a paste, apply paste to the walls with a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse well and leave the microwave door open to air dry for 25 minutes.

We hope these oven cleaning tips have been useful, please visit the rest of our cleaning tips section for more cleaning tips.

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