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If you have a self-cleaning oven, I recommend you just do a spot cleaning in it wiping up any loose dirt and grime, then run the self-cleaning cycle as recommended by the stove manufacturer. Self-cleaning your oven takes about 4-5 hours, so you’ll have to make sure you have lots of time. Plus, make sure if you have a self-cleaning oven, that you move it out and away from your cupboards, both top and bottom to ensure you do not ruin your cupboards as they will warp! Also, make sure you remove your racks and anything else you may keep in your oven before you run the cycle, as you will ruin anything inside that isn’t attached.
Homemade Oven Cleaning Spray
Oven cleaners are typically full of harsh chemicals, but they don't have to be. This homemade oven cleaner spray will cut through grease, help lift burned on food and leave your oven sparkling clean and smelling fresh! Bonus: you only need a few household ingredients to make it yourself.
- Clean spray bottle
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon dish liquid
- 10 drops of any citrus essential oil
Add 1 1/2 cups of water to a clean spray bottle.
Add 1 tablespoon of dish liquid to the spray bottle.
Any dish liquid will do. The dish liquid will help cut through grease.
Add 10 drops of citrus essential oil to the mixture.
Citrus essential oils help to lift any burned on food and debris that may be left behind in your oven. You can choose between orange, lemon, lime, tangerine or a mixture of citrus essential oils.
Shake well before each use.
Because this cleaning solution doesn't contain chemical binders, it works best if you shake it well before each use.
How to Clean Your Oven
To use, spray your oven liberally with your homemade oven cleaner spray and let sit for a few minutes. Use a sponge to help loosen burned on food and debris and wipe away with a clean cloth or paper towels.
For really tough burned on food stains, spray with the homemade oven cleaner spray and add a sprinkle of baking soda. Use a scrubber to remove the burned on items and wipe away with a clean cloth.