How to deep clean your oven with out harsh chemicals.

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Hate cleaning your oven and using those nasty, toxic chemical cleaners? Me too! Here’s an easy way to deep clean your oven with out harsh chemicals, and it works like a charm.

You’d rather get a root canal then spend a single minute cleaning the oven, right? I hear ya! Nobody wants to be elbow deep in all of that gunk and scrubbing your arms off. Yuck!

I despise it so much that I’ve tried every cleaning hack I could find.

Once I find one that works well, I usually write about it and put it on my cleaning page. Needless to say, I tried several methods before I figured out how to deep clean my oven the easy way

How do you clean a really dirty oven?

Unless you never use your oven, there’ll come a time when its a nasty mess of caked on baked on grease and junk. The glass window will be so grimy you wont be able to see through it well enough to check on your tator tot hot dish.

If it’s bad enough, it might even smoke a little when you bake on higher heats. Smoke billowing out of your oven definitely means it’s time for a good deep cleaning.

My oven gets gunky fast because I do a lot of oven bacon and I like to broil my steaks when it gets too cold outside to use the grill. You can probably imagine all the grease splattering around in there.

I wipe out my oven regularly during my weekly cleaning routine, but I deep clean it as needed in addition to my Spring cleaning routine.

This cleaning process is one of the best ways I’ve found to get your oven sparkling clean.

Gather your oven cleaning supplies.

Start by gathering all of your supplies and setting them out on the counter so you don’t have to keep running back and forth to get what you need.

The easiest way I’ve found to deep clean my oven involves letting the cleaning mixture sit for a minimum of two hours, but preferably over night.

The dirtier the oven, the longer it takes for the mixture to penetrate the gunk.

Put on your kitchen gloves and lets get started.

Remove the surface gunk.

Using a nylon scraper and metal spatula, remove as much build up as possible from the racks and inside surfaces of the oven. If your using the metal spatula, make sure you don’t scratch the enamel coating. The more surface gunk and crusty bits you can remove now, the better the cleaning mixture will penetrate and soften the rest of the mess.

Vacuum the oven to get all of the loose bits out.

Mix and apply the cleaning mixture.

If my oven is really gunky, I’ll spray it with hydrogen peroxide and let it set for 10 minutes before covering with the cleaning mixture.

Mix approximately 2 tbsp. dawn dish soap, 1/4 c baking soda, and enough water to create a thick syrupy consistancy.

Remove the oven racks and place them in the bath tub o top of an old towel. Liberally paint both sides of each rack with the cleaning mixture and let them sit.

Go back to the kitchen and paint the cleaning mixture over the interior surface of the oven, including the oven door and window glass. Don’t forget the top of the oven.

You can also paint some over the stove top if its dirty. This mixture works great on my glass cook top.

Let the mixture sit for at least 2 hrs. overnight is better if you can manage with out your oven and bath tub for that long.

The extra time gives the dish soap and backing soda a chance to penetrate the nasty build up.

Clean the exterior and around the range.

While the cleaning mixture is working its magic on your oven, remove your stove burner knobs and soak them in hot soapy water.

You can skip this part if you want, but I like to do it now since I’m already cleaning the oven.

Pull the range out away from the wall wipe down the walls and exterior sides of the range.

Wipe down the surrounding walls with a multi surface cleaner. Vacuum and mop the floor where the range usually sits. Then push the range back into place.

Wipe down the control panel part of the range. Wash and dry the knobs and put them back on.

Clean the stove top.

Wipe the stove top with a damp cloth to remove the dried on cleaning mixture. Scour the dirty areas.

If there are any stubborn burnt on messes left on a glass cook top, you can use a razor blade and water to gently scrape them off.

Clean the oven walls.

Once your wait time is up, fill the tub with enough hot water to cover the oven racks and let them soak while you go clean the interior of the oven. lightly spritz the interior of the oven to slightly re wet the soap and baking soda mixture, then use the scraper and spatula to remove the caked on gunk.

Use the scraper to remove as much of the cleaning mixture as possible. Removing it now will make the final clean up easier.

You’ll be shoked at how much of he mess comes off at this point. If your oven has a lot of greasy build up, it’ll look like you’re removing frosting from a cake.

Once your done scraping the gunk out of the oven, use a damp scouring pad to scrub through any remaining spots.

Wipe everything down with a damp cloth to remove any remaining soap or baking soda residue.

If the remaining soap is sudsing excessively, try wiping out with a dry towel.

Scrub the oven door and window glass.

Scrub the oven door and glass window with a scouring pad to remove any build up.

If there are drips in between the glass of your oven door, use a butter knife to slide a soapy rag in between the glass through the opening in the bottom door.

If your door doesn’t have the opening, you’ll need to remove the door and take it apart in order to clean between the glass.

Scrub the oven racks.

Now head back to the bath tub to scrub the oven racks.

Use the scrapper and scouring pad to remove the remaining gunk. When you’re done scrubbing, rinse and dry the racks and place them back in the oven.

Finishing touches.

Wipe down the front of the oven and the oven door handle, then step back and enjoy your freshly cleaned oven and range.

Other options for cleaning an oven.

Here are some other options that worked well during my trials.

Self cleaning setting.

The self cleaning setting is by far the easiest method I tried. It heats your oven to 900 degree and turns the gunk to ashes. All you have to do afterwards is wipe it out with a damp cloth.

I only use the self clean option when my oven is super dirty because of the hazardous fumes that stink up the entire house and make my eyes burn even with all my windows open.

Vinegar and baking soda.

Another option is to sprinkle baking soda on everything then spray it with vinegar and let the chemical reaction do some of the scouring for you.

I personally don’t like this method because the vinegar is so stinky and the baking soda seems harder to get off of everything.

I also don’t think it cuts through the greasy gunk like the dish soap does because I had to lots of extra scrubbing to do.

Ammonia and water.

Ammonia and eater make oven cleaning very easy – if you can stand the ammonia smell.

You preheat your oven to 300, then shut it off and place 3 cups of ammonia in an oven safe dish on an upper rack, and 3 cups of boiling water in an oven safe dish on a lower rack.

Close the oven door and let the steam work its magic over night, when you get up the next day, you should be able to wipe the oven clean.

I rarely use ammonia because the smell gives me a headache and affects my breathing. If you an handle it, this is a super easy way to cut the gunk.

Tips for keeping your oven clean.

Want to avoid the dreaded deep clean, try these tips to keep your oven clean.

Wipe spills immediately- Cleaning spills as the occur will prevent them from getting baked on set in. Let the oven cool before attempting to clean any spills.

You can also do a quick vacuum and wipe down during your weekly cleaning routine

Use an oven liner- Place a heat resistant oven liner on a lower rack to catch the spills. The liner can be removed and rinsed off or thrown in the dishwasher.

Cover your food- Cook your food with oven bags or aluminum foil to prevent spills and splattering.

Beware that covering certain foods can alter cooking times and final textures of the food.

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