How To Clean Your Oven Naturally
I bought a new oven this year. At the time, I thought to have a self-cleaning oven was stupid. I never had to clean my old one and assumed that lacking the clean function would be no big deal. I have since found it would have been a worthwhile addition to my new appliance. Just two months into this new lifestyle, the entire bottom of the pan was charred and it smokes up every time I turn it on. One frozen pizza is all it takes to make my oven black with soot. So, I decided to google “how to clean oven” and see what the experts have to say.
Harmful products for the oven
I came across the suggestion that you have to purchase an oven with a self-cleaning function. Thanks for that. I should have Googled it before buying. The next thing that I found scared me. It was an article all about how oven cleaning products are harmful and basically get into everything that you cook. Once sprayed into your oven, the chemicals continue to bake into everything you cook for years after. Imagine thinking about this every Thanksgiving as we feed our families. I could possibly wipe out an entire generation with one good meal.
The problem with oven cleaning products is that contain chemicals that break down grease. If you have ever touched grease you know that that is no small feat. You can’t just use liquid detergent; grease is difficult to cut through. The chemicals that have the really bad stuff are going to make your oven clean, but is it really worth eating them for years to come?
I went to the grocery store to try some natural products, but after spending hours spraying and heating the oven, I got nowhere. Not only did it fail to cut through the grease, it did little more than making the food I baked taste bad. Back to the drawing board. Most frustratingly, when you spray anything into the oven, it gets trapped in the drawers, the coils, and the door. Even if I thought about throwing caution to the wind, it looked too complicated to spray and get all the bad chemicals off.
A better combination
I have found that a combination of lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar did a fairly decent job of cleaning up the oven. Admittedly, the homemade recipe doesn’t do the same amazing job that a good can of Oven Off can do. However, if the combo gets into our food it won’t do anything to harm us.