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Best Natural Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipes

written by: Lara Stewart•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 1/18/2011

There is no need to buy expensive and toxic commercial oven cleaners. Using ingredients you probably already have, you can learn how to clean ovens with natural cleaners you make yourself.

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    Cutting Out Commercial Oven Cleaners.

    Commercial oven cleaners are expensive. They smell terrible, and come in aerosol containers that can't be recycled. When you switch to making your own oven cleaners at home from natural ingredients, you save money, cut down on disposable packaging, and make cleaning the oven a less unpleasant experience.

    There are several effective natural cleaner recipes for your oven. Look at the recipes below and pick which one is best for you.

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    Fresh and Easy Oven Cleaner

    Gather the following ingredients:

    • water
    • baking soda
    • eco-friendly dish detergent

    To use this method, first wet the inside of the oven with water and sprinkle liberally with baking soda. Close up the oven and leave it to sit overnight. In the morning, you should be able to wipe out the baking soda and most of the oven grime with a damp sponge. After most of the baking soda is removed, put a couple of drops of dish detergent on your wet sponge. Scrub out the remaining oven stains.

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    Borax Oven Spray

    This recipe is good for tough, baked-on oven grime.

    Mix the following ingredients in a spray bottle:

    • 3 tsp Borax (you can find this with laundry detergent at the grocery store)
    • 1/4 cup white vinegar
    • 1/8 cup eco-friendly dish soap
    • 2 cups hot water

    Spray the inside of the oven with the mixture until very wet. Cover the wet surface with baking soda. If the baking soda is not completely saturated with the Borax liquid, spray on more of the solution. Close the oven and let stand overnight. In the morning, you should be able to wipe up all of the grime from inside the oven.

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    Paste Oven Cleaner

    Combine the following ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup salt
    • 1/2 cup baking soda
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/4 cup vinegar

    The mixture will make a thick paste. Spread this on the inside of the oven. Close the oven and leave to soak in overnight. In the morning, spray the inside of the oven with water. Using a nylon scrubber, scrub off the oven cleaner and the grime underneath.

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    Keeping the Oven Clean

    There are steps that you can take that are even more important than learning how to clean ovens with natural cleaners. One of the best things you can do is engage in some regular maintenance to make sure that you never have to rely on commercial oven cleaners. When something spills in the oven, wipe it up as soon as it is cool enough for you to do so. Be careful never to over-fill cake or muffin pans. If you are cooking something that you think may drip, put a cookie sheet on the rack below the dish that you are cooking.

    A small bit of daily maintenance can help make your green household more sustainable and easier to manage.

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