Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cheap, Easy, and Chemical-Free

Yesterday, after more months of procrastination than I'm willing to admit, I forced myself to tackle the dreaded chore of cleaning our oven. I try to avoid cleaners that are full of chemicals, if possible, so I searched around for a chemical-free oven cleaning solution. I found one that sounded okay, so I decided to try it and see what happened. "If it doesn't work," I thought, "at least I tried to use something other than heavy-duty oven cleaner that can burn my skin on contact, right?"

I am pleased to report that it worked magnificently. I don't have any before-and-after pictures to show you (and even if I did, I wouldn't show you the before because it was embarrassingly awful), but the oven looks great now. If you're looking for a way to clean your oven, I highly recommend the following:

Remove the oven racks and spray down the offending areas with water. Coat it liberally with baking soda, then spray the baking soda with water until it's wet and pasty. Then just let it sit for a few hours until it dries. We let ours sit for about 5 hours. Once it's dry, scrub it off (with something dry). As the water-baking soda mixtures comes off, so does the nastiness inside the oven. I used a handheld vacuum cleaner to quickly and easily clean up the powdery remains, then I wiped down the inside of the oven with a wet washcloth. Done! Cheap, easy, chemical-free, and effective.


  1. Been looking for something like this. As a landlord of a few properties I've always used two fantastic cleaning companies, oven cleaner kent and oven cleaner birmingham, but at home I fancied trying something myself and seeing how it went. Thanks for the advice!

  2. hey everyone I wanted to share some tips I have. I personally use a handful of professional cleaners because I have MS, but I find I can keep things tidier for longer and need to call them in less if I always make sure that I try to keep everything wiped down as soon as any mess is made. It's not always easy but makes it worthwhile in the long run. If anyone has a disability like me I'd give the pros a try. If you check before hand you can see if they use harsh chemicals or not which is a clincher for me. The ones I use are oven cleaning sheffield and oven cleaning birmingham but I found them with Google places results so give it a go and good luck.