Natural Oven Cleaner

Natural Oven Cleaner

Cleaning an oven can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to removing stubborn stains and grime. However, with our natural DIY oven cleaner solutions, you can tackle the job without the need for harsh chemicals. 

Remember, there are no hard and fast rules with this, but with this basic formula you can never go wrong.

 

The formula for Degreasing

An oven is usually greasy with baked on food stains - so this calls for degreasing power and bicarb will not cut it. You need to call in the masters of degreasing and they are:

  1. Sodium Percarbonate: a natural oxybleach found in most heavy duty cleaning products.
  2. Washing Soda (sodium carbonate): a natural powerful alkali that removes grease.
  3. Soap: a surfactant that is made from oils, so they bond to oil/grease for easy removal. 

By creating a mixture/paste or spray with a combination of these ingredients you have yourself a natural degreasing solution that you can use beyond the oven.

 

IMPORTANT: Do not ever add an acid to this mix, no vinegar, no citric acid - this is an alkali (base) mix and you will just create a big bath bomb with reduced cleaning power.

 

HOW TO MAKE AN OVEN CLEANING PASTE 

This is simply a matter of gently diluting your powder ingredients with warm/hot water until you have a paste at the consistency you desire.

Makes: 
Around 200g of paste, generally enough for an enough clean. 

Ingredients:  

  • 1/4 cup of Percarbonate
  • 1/4 cup of Washing Soda
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut soap flakes

Instructions:

  1. Add all the powder ingredients into a bowl taking care not the breathe in any raised dust
  2. Add warm/hot water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing the ingredients until you get a paste like consistency.  

If you add to much water and diluted the ingredients - no worries use it as a spray, It will still work! Or you can simply add some more powder ingredients. Play around, experiment small and you will have an eye for this in no time.

 

Want a cleaning paste on standby?

There is an old but great recipe for cleaning paste, it's like making your own gumption! It is sometimes called a Laundry Butter Cleaning Paste as it looks like whipped butter.

You can make and store this paste in bulk, and when needed you can add a touch of percarbonate and hot water to superpower it. Check out that recipe here: Cleaning Paste Recipe

 

Have you heard about the dishwasher tablet hack?

You may have seen the life hack to use a dishwasher tablet to clean your oven, well it works but you will go through several of them. 

 A cheaper and better solution is to make your own tablets and you can make them to any size you like. 

 It is a matter of using the ingredients above for the paste, adding just enough water until it resembles wet sand (not a cake mix) and then adding to ice cube trays or some form of mould and letting it set hard.

 Then to use, simple wet the scrub tablet with warm water and gently scrub you oven clean without the harmful fumes. This is awesome for the glass on the oven.

 

What about the oven racks or trays?

The best part! I recommend using a large heat proof container, large sink or bath tub for this. 

First add in all your racks and trays, then cover in the hottest water you can. Next mix in 1-2 tablespoons of percarbonate for roughly every 5 litres. and watch as it start to bubble up and lift the grease and grime off right before your eyes.

 Note: if you do you use your bathtub, expect a ring of grease left over. The solution to clean this is simple, just add some more percarbonate and hot water and wash it off. 

 

One last tip

For best results with an oven clean, preheat your oven on low for 5-10 minutes before cleaning to loosen the grease, but make sure it's off when you apply the cleaning products.

 

These natural DIY oven cleaner solutions are a great alternative to harsh chemical cleaners. They are effective, safe, and easy to make at home with simple ingredients. So next time your oven needs a good cleaning, give these methods a try!

 

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