Keep on top of dirt and grime with natural ingredients
Whenever you are intimidated by the grim reality of your oven, with its seemingly indestructible spills and stains, a professional oven cleaner will always be there to lend a helping hand. However, if you would like to extend the amount of time required between professional visits, periodically cleaning your oven and working it into your weekly routine is the way forward.
Homemade cleaning solutions are booming in popularity. A simple Google search for ‘cleaning hacks’ will return an impressive amount of simple solutions to your cleaning problems. There are a number of reasons for this, primarily to avoid toxic, corrosive chemicals, some of which are known to exacerbate conditions such as asthma. People also want to dodge the overpowering and nauseating smells given off by store-bought oven cleaning products, some parents are terrified that their children may get their hands it, and there is a growing awareness for environmental issues with people showing a reluctance to flush chemicals down the drain. Finally, homemade alternatives are much, much kinder on your wallet, usually being comprised of ingredients already found in the average pantry.
Tackling burnt-on food
When it comes to eliminating tricky, stubborn spills, baking soda is a miracle ingredient. It is abrasive and it eliminates odours effectively. To make the powder into a scrub, add water or vinegar depending on how built-up the grime appears. Add the liquid in bit-by-bit until you get a thick paste.
Remove your oven trays and cover the walls of your oven with the paste. Leave for as long as possible, preferably overnight while the mixture works its magic. The solution will foam up and work away at the spills while you get on with your day.
In the morning, you will notice that some of the grime has already been lifted away. Using a sponge and warm water, gently scrub at the walls and the dirt should come away easily, saving you hours of tough manual labour.
For gleaming oven doors
The cloudy residue on the glass of your oven doors is not only unattractive, but it diminishes the efficiency of your oven. To clean this glass, mix baking soda with lemon juice until it forms a thick paste. Rub this on your door and leave it for just over an hour. When you scrub the paste off, the glass will be good as new.
Get rid of foul odours
Nothing makes a kitchen more uninviting than an onslaught of terrible smells. To get rid of smells coming from your oven, fill a baking dish with a combination of water and lemon. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees and cook the liquid for forty-five minutes. Not only will your oven and kitchen smell lemony-fresh, the action of cooking the liquid will create steam within the oven, and the citrus oils will help to soften the built-on spills on the walls of the oven.
There are a huge amount of alternative homemade cleaning solutions to investigate online. However, as a note of caution, we advise against using hydrogen peroxide as it defeats the object of creating your own ‘green’ cleaning solutions, it leaves a strong odour and pouring it down the drain is not environmentally friendly. If you need help with slightly tougher stains and need a nontoxic oven cleaner, get in touch today.
If you have a particularly stubborn oven and need a hand getting it clean and sparkling again, please contact Nottingham Ovencleaners.