Hassle-free oven cleaning

Miss Thrifty12 September 10, 2008

I use the grill in my oven a lot. Result: a really mucky oven! Unfortunately, I’m just not cut out for the industrial-strength cooker cleaning products that you can get from the supermarkets. I try my best: I open the back door, I open the windows and I hold my breath when I spray. But the stuff gets in my eyes and stings, burns my throat, and gets in my lungs and makes me cough. It’s not easy, being a delicate English rose!

So I’ve been trying a gentler solution, which has been working quite well. It’s eco-friendly and lung-friendly – and it’s super-cheap, too.

I’m boiling up a pint of water, then adding two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda. When this is cooled, I’m decanting it into an empty spray bottle. After I’ve taken food out of the cooker, I spray the inside door with the mixture and wipe it over with a cloth. When the mixtre has dried, I wipe the door with another cloth. The cooked-on brown grease stains come off right away!

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12 Responses to “Hassle-free oven cleaning

Sharon rose says:

A great tip-thanks!!

September 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Seattle Girl says:

Great tip! Baking soda is already my #1 cleaner! Works wonders on tubs, showers, sinks and stove tops. I’ve never thought to put it in a spray bottle though! Hooray for frugal, green cleaning solutions!

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September 18, 2008 at 9:59 pm

brilliant trip, have you tried vinegar or lemon juice? t works just as well.

May 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

I see you mentioned dirty old cooker cleaners. I do not personally recommend them, but nowadays there are products that are more powerful than the old lung killing sprays. You can buy potasium hydroxide which is similar to caustic but doesnt smell. Its still nasty old stuff, but if you want a nice clean oven with little effort this is the way to go. Lakeland supplies sell a nice little bottle for around 8 pound which comes with a little brush. Leave on over night…………….. Clean oven.

April 2, 2011 at 8:32 am

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