See how clean the oven rack can get. It looks almost new.

See how clean the oven rack can get. It looks almost new.

The spring cleaning bug has bit me and won’t let go so the past two weeks I have been scrubbing my house from top to bottom.

I want to share with you guys that I have successfully cleaned my oven for the first time in an eco-friendly way. Now don’t jump ahead, I have cleaned ovens before but usually with the oven’s self-cleaning cycle, or harsh chemicals. Well, those days are gone.

I looked up directions online for “Naturally Cleaning an Oven” and found lots of instructional websites. I decided upon reading many of the directions available and went with the common denominators:

  • Begin by spraying the inside of the oven with water (this makes the baking soda stick to the sides).

  • Then coat the inside with a generous layer of baking soda. This step is messy and can  be difficult to get the baking soda to stick to the sides and back, so just do the best you can. Now many of the directions I read said to let the mixture sit for a while. I let it sit for about 5 hours. (Although, I have used similar cleaning directions on my Le Creuset pan without letting it sit and it worked about the same. In my opinion whether you let the baking soda sit or not you will end up using a lot of baking soda and a little elbow grease.)

  • Now comes the really messy part, wiping out and scrubbing any remaining bits with a damp sponge. This step also took me the longest, but as you can see from the photos of the racks it does work like a charm.


The “before” comparison picture.

Anyone out there have any suggestions on how to improve cleaning ovens in an eco-friendly manner?

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3 thoughts on “Eco-friendly Cleaning: Ovens

  1. Awesome idea! As an asthmatic I cannot do the typical oven cleaning chemicals unless I can have my house open on the day I’m cleaning. This sounds like an asthma safe alternative as well as friendly to our world. Thanks!

  2. Your welcome! I’m always looking for ways to make things better for people and the planet.

  3. Eco-friendly is the best way of doing anything, especially cleaning. I’m happy when I can do it and am currently trying to teach my daughter the importance of natural way of things as she grows up. Thanks for sharing

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