I’ve always hated oven cleaning, particularly the harsh chemicals that seem to be necessary to get that gunk off. Also, because I hate it I tend to put it off, making matters worse. Plus, I don’t like using harsh cleaning products for a host of reasons: the environment, our health. etc. and I don’t always find them very effective anyway. I’m always looking for an environmentally friendly way of doing things and I often write about green issues for another blog.
So what’s the answer then? How do you clean your oven without much effort? It’s really very simple: Bicarbonate of soda.
Choose a week when you aren’t planning to use your oven a lot: maybe you’re cooking with the hob or enjoying some salads while the sun shines. This means you can just leave the oven to clean itself in peace. Find a spray bottle – I used one that I use to mist plants, but you could wash out an empty window cleaner bottle or similar and use that.
Fill your bottle with a solution of bicarbonate of soda and water. I would fill about half full with water and put a few tablespoons in (making sure that the bicarb dissolves in the water). There’s no need to be exact on measurements here.
Place the bottle by the oven and every time you go into the kitchen open the door and give it a quick spray. If you do that every time you make a cuppa, it will soon add up to several times a day. Only spray on the solution when the oven is completely cooled after use. After a little while you’ll notice that black stuff coming off the top and sides (this is great for the top of the oven which is often difficult to reach. After several days remove the residue and wipe over the oven. No need to use anything harsh for this – some warm water and washing up liquid will be fine.
Go on try it – it’s amazing!