Chemical Free Oven-Cleaning

Caustic Oven Cleaners No More!

Oven-Cleaning With Green Herbal Formula

It really goes without saying but, chemical oven cleaner has to be one of the most unpleasant tools for keeping the home clean. The smell alone would discourage the best housekeeper from maintaining a pristine oven interior. Then when you consider the caustic, burning and acidic dangers, one might take to Grilling all year 'round, rain, sleet, and snow be damned!

The Essential Green Formula for Oven-Cleaning you are about to discover has become one of my treasured weapons in my Green Clean Kitchen Arsenal. Even as no cleaning formula is perfect (including those easy-on-and-off caustic renditions) this is as close to perfect I have found in the world of Seriously Green Oven-Cleaning.

Green Oven-Cleaning
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12 drops each of Lemon and Thyme essential oils makes a strong and safe  green oven-cleaning formula. A dirty oven floor needs some Green Cleaning!Remove the racks and place them in the soaking formula while you green clean the oven interior surfaces.Heat the oven to 250°F, then turn it off and leave the door open.Mix ingredients together until they become thick and paste-like.
12 drops each of Lemon and Thyme essential oils makes a strong and safe  green oven-cleaning formula.
12 drops each of Lemon and Thyme essential oils makes a strong and safe green oven-cleaning formula. | Source
A dirty oven floor needs some Green Cleaning!
A dirty oven floor needs some Green Cleaning! | Source
Remove the racks and place them in the soaking formula while you green clean the oven interior surfaces.
Remove the racks and place them in the soaking formula while you green clean the oven interior surfaces. | Source
Heat the oven to 250°F, then turn it off and leave the door open.
Heat the oven to 250°F, then turn it off and leave the door open. | Source
Mix ingredients together until they become thick and paste-like.
Mix ingredients together until they become thick and paste-like. | Source

Homemade Oven-Cleaning Formula

I once placed two very full pumpkin pie tins in the oven only to witness the filling flow right over the pie pan edges and onto my clean oven floor. I could do nothing but wait until the baking was completed and the then black sugary burnt filling lay stuck tightly to the racks and oven interior. It was a horrible mess! This green formula worked wonders on this kitchen disaster and will also work great on any of those really neglected ovens. If you have a few VERY bad areas, add more salt to the formula and employ the use of a fine steel wool.

What's in my Green Oven Cleaner?

  • ½ cup of salt
  • ½ cup of Borax or Washing Soda
  • 16 oz. Baking Soda
  • ¼ cup Water
  • ¾ White Vinegar
  • 12 Drops Thyme Essential Oil
  • 12 Drops Lemon or Lemongrass Essential Oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine the salt, washing soda, baking soda in a medium glass bowl, add just enough water to make it a paste-like consistency.
  2. Take out all of the oven racks, and set the oven to 250°F for 20 minutes, and then turn the oven off, leaving the door open.
  3. Carefully and evenly spread the paste (using a sponge or cloth) on all surfaces of the interior oven. Allow the paste to set for 30 - 45 minutes.
  4. Combine the essential oils and vinegar in a clean spray bottle and shake the heck out of it to blend. Spray down the interior surfaces and wipe clean. Be sure to rinse well with a damp sponge.

Use a course salt, this fine grained salt won't work quite as well on the hard to clean sections. Also, adding extra salt to the formula helps.
Use a course salt, this fine grained salt won't work quite as well on the hard to clean sections. Also, adding extra salt to the formula helps. | Source
Using this type of sponge offers you a gentle wiping side and a strong scrubbing side all in one cleaning tool.
Using this type of sponge offers you a gentle wiping side and a strong scrubbing side all in one cleaning tool. | Source

Green Cleaning Oven Racks and Accessories

While you are cleaning the oven interior surfaces, it's a good idea to get the racks and all of the oven—and stove— accessories soaking in a green cleaning solution. This is the perfect time to clean all of those chrome rings, gas burner grills, and knobs from the stove top as well! These items gather a ton of grease and grime over time and are easy to neglect while living a busy lifestyle.

Accessories Soaking Solution Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 5 to 8 drops of the essential oil of your choosing

Use an old toothbrush or fine steel wool for those nooks-and-crannies and tiny places where dirt tends to hide away. I find that a double-sided sponge offers dual usefulness and a far less abrasive approach to the "easy to scratch" surfaces.

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a large tub, bucket or sink. Mix together.
  2. Place the oven racks and accessories into the solution.
  3. Allow to soak the entire time you are cleaning the oven interior.
  4. Use old toothbrush or fine steel wool to clean grime and grease. Rinse well and return items to oven and stove top accordingly.

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Comments for "Serious Oven-Cleaning with Essential Green Formula" 24 comments

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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Cool, I'm going to try the soaking recipe ASAP on several items (especially the knobs!) off my stove which are just gross.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Flora~ Thanks for making it by!

Cheers~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Denise~ I am so happy you liked the oven-cleaning recipe! It is very handy, safe, and above all really works! Thank you for sharing your comments Denise.

HubHugs~

K9


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Amazing! I am bookmarking this one and getting that recipe copied so I can magically clean that oven!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I'll have to try this.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Nellieanna~ Truly amazing information Nellieanna! What a wonderful lesson on borax science! Thank you for a deeper understanding of a great Green Cleaning product.

HubHugs~

K9


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Borax has been around and in use for ages. I wonder how many of us know what it is:

borax (?bôraks)

noun

a white mineral in some alkaline salt deposits, used in making glass and ceramics, as a metallurgical flux, and as an antiseptic. • A hydrated sodium borate; chem. formula: Na 2 B 4 O 7 (OH) 4.8H 2 O.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

livelonger~ I couldn't agree more LL! Those store bought oven-cleaners are just vile products. I had an aunt that accidentally mixed this type of cleaner with another household product (store bought super-dooper bathroom tile cleaner), the resulting cloud of toxic gas knocked her on her fanny. She was hospitalized and had to have therapy for chemical scarred lungs. That was enough for me to determine that naturally homemade and non-caustic household cleaners were the route for me. I have not used store bought oven-cleaner since. Too scary!

Thanks for making by today, I always feel a sense of comfort when I see your moniker.

Huge HubHugs and a Sincere Shalom My dear friend~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Robin~ So fun to see you made it by today, I am honored. I really understand your dilemma when it comes to those messy, yet so yummy, holiday pies. They do a fine job of attacking any clean oven! I hope you find the cleaning formula to work as wonderfully for you as it has for me!

I appreciate the support!

hubHugs~

K9


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

Great advice, K9KS! I like the idea of warming up the oven first a little bit, and then applying the liquid/paste cleaner so that it can work itself in. I definitely love the fact that the method and formula can be used to avoid the toxic and caustic fumes that most heavily alkaline spray oven cleaners use, when they're clearly not a necessary part of cleaning a dirty oven effectively. We'll give this a shot after Thanksgiving, when there will be plenty of baked-in spills to clean up!

Thank you, HubHugs and Shalom, my friend!


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Robin 5 years ago from San Francisco

This is a great oven cleaning solution! We will definitely use it after all of the Thanksgiving cooking. Paul cooks quite a few pies for the day and there is always some spilling over. Thanks for the tips! ;)


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

tebo~ Lavender is a great choice when cleaning with essential oils; nothing sooths those cleaning blues better! Glad you find the formulas worth giving a go. Thanks for your comments!

Cheers~

K9


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

This is very good. I too am bookmarking it. My oven is well overdue for a clean and I have all these ingredients bar the essential oils. Maybe I have lavender hiding away somewhere. Thanks for sharing.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

randomcreative~I found myself in the same boat as you, I just hated smelling those caustic chemicals for hours as I cleaned my oven. When I ran across this oven-cleaner formula, I was elated! The essential oils offer a wonderfully natural aroma that is by far a more pleasant way to spend my cleaning time! I appreciate that you left your comments here, thanks!

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Simone~ Pies have long presented a number of oven crisis in my homes. Either the fruit filling bubbles over or the pumpkin splashes up and over the tins edge, or the savory contents manage to spit and spatter from wall to ceiling. This solution has helped clean the interior oven many times over! I hope you find it as worthy a kitchen-helper as I do! Thanks so much for stopping by.

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Nell~ Wow! It sounds like those ugly chemical oven cleaners really take a toll on you. I hope this formula keeps you breathing clearly and comfortably! Thanks for leaving your thoughts here, possibly others can relate and adjust accordingly.

HubHugs~

K9


lyjo 5 years ago

Hey K9...wow...bookmarked (can't wait to try it) voted up, useful & awesome...would this work as a degreaser as well? or is it too abrasive for the top of the stove & hood fan? Thanks for the great hub! Very useful for all of us Green People...


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thanks for the great recipes! I have always been weary of using chemical oven cleaners would love to use a more natural option.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, I've bookmarked this one! It'll really come in handy as I do more baking, for, indeed, pie season is at hand, and as you've pointed out, they can get a bit... unruly. I've never prepared a cleaning solution recipe before. This'll be fun!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I hate the smell of oven cleaners, in fact they leave me with an allergic reaction, and I can't breath! never knew this until a few years ago when I was spraying it madly around my oven, I had to throw all the windows open and take a great big gulp of air! so this is great, I am going to bookmark it for future reference, thanks nell


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

homesteadbound~ I have been doing the green thing for just about 18 months now, and it has made a huge difference in how I feel physically as well as ecologically. It makes me very happy that you found the oven-cleaning formula here worth bookmarking, Thanks a bunch! I sure appreciate your support.

Cheers~

K9


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Great hub! I am bookmarking this one because my oven definitely needs cleaning. I am trying to go green and this is another way to do it. Thanks so much!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Nellieanna~ Glad to hear you have some extra Borax hanging around, it really helps to boost the oven-cleaning formula and is a great green cleaning agent. Your idea for using foil is a good one! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

HubHugs~

K9


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

What a valuable piece of advice, K9. I agree - oven cleaners are just horrid. I minimize my oven use and keep foil in the bottom but even so, things can get messy. The green -- and homemade, too (yea!) -- cleaner sounds really great! Thank you! I even have some Borax on hand I no longer use in laundry.

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