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Oven Cleaning Alternatives Without Chemicals

By Amanda Wilkes:

Many of the meals we make require a significant amount of time in the oven at high heat, leading to bubbles, splatters and spills inside our cooking unit. As time goes on, these bubbles, splatters and spills continue to bake onto the oven’s surface, making it harder and harder to clean down the line. Therefore, we tend to believe that only self-cleaning methods or extremely harsh chemicals will do the dirty job of getting our oven clean. While they may do the job, they are also causing great harm to our and our family’s health.cleaning oven

Self-Cleaning Method

It may seem simple enough to push a button and engage the self-cleaning mode on the oven; however, when we push that button, we also are engaging the possibility of many health risks. When using the self-cleaning mode of our oven, we begin an extremely high heat process contained within it. Most self-cleaning ovens contain Teflon, a non-stick material that releases a multitude of chemicals when reaching 900 degrees during the self-cleaning cycle. The chemicals released from Teflon at such high heat have been known to kill birds within minutes and cause flu-like symptoms in humans. Avoiding this method is the best idea.

Harsh Chemicals

If you do not use the toxic self-cleaning method, maybe you resort to using harsh and abrasive chemicals, believing that this is the only way to get rid of baked on build up. Not only do these chemicals get into your lungs and spread throughout your home as you spray the oven in a gallant effort to clean it, but each time you turn on your oven, the chemicals continue to spread and can even penetrate your food. To make it worse, when you are finished cleaning your ever-so-loved oven, you are going to wash all of those chemicals down the sink, and pollute the water that people use and drink. Harsh chemicals are never a good choice.

Oven-Cleaning Alternatives

Protect yourself and your family by trying some of the oven cleaning methods below!

Baking soda and vinegar method:
You’ll need ½ cup of baking soda, water, white vinegar, gloves, sponge and spray bottle (not required).

  1. Take out the racks, pizza stone, thermometer and anything else you may have hiding in your oven.
  2. Make a paste with a ½ cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of water.
  3. Using your gloved hand, coat the inside of the oven with the baking soda paste.
  4. Let it sit overnight.
  5. With a damp sponge, using the scrubby side as needed, wipe out the oven.
  6. Do a final rinse and wipe down.

Dish soap, baking soda & vinegar method:
You’ll need ¼ cup of dish soap, ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup coarse sea salt, and warm water.

  1. Make a past with the soap, baking soda and salt.
  2. Using your gloved hand, cover the oven with the paste.
  3. Let sit overnight.
  4. With a damp sponge, using the scrubby side as needed, wipe out the oven.
  5. Give it a final rinse with warm water.

About Amanda

Amanda Wilkes is a Southern California native and an avid advocate for the health, happiness, and the well being of the world we live in! She loves teaching, traveling, writing, cooking, and photography. Amanda cannot get enough of being out doors, playing in the sunshine and doing yoga on the beach at sunset. One of her greatest joys is finding a new Farmer's Market or sustainable eatery! She lives in Laguna Niguel, CA with her beloved boyfriend and fur baby. As a teacher, she hopes to empower the youth of today with the ways of tomorrow's future!

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