Author Jean Morrison
Make your own oven cleaners
Have a regular oven cleaning regimen so that your oven never gets to the stage where you have to do a major clean out. For oven maintenance grab a heat proof bowl and pour 400 ml boiling water into it. Add 2 tablespoonsful of bi-carnonate of soda and stir until dissolved. When cool pour into a spray bottle.
In between meals when the oven is cold (cold is the key word here) lightly spray your cleaner into the oven. Close the door and leave it. Do this every time after you have used the oven and after it has cooled down. Eventually the spray is absorbed into the black carbon food particles and they simply drop down into the bottom of the oven and can be wiped out.
This is not so much oven cleaning but oven maintenance. The Bi-Carb won't harm your food or your health when the oven is being used. Don't spray too heavily though. Only a light spray is needed.
Personally I would not use the spray on the actual oven door. You don't want the spray to find its way down in between the two layers of glass. The glass in the door should be sealed well but I don't think it is worth taking the risk. I would suggest simply spot cleaning the oven door with the cleaners detailed below.
Non toxic oven cleaner:
Cleaning ovens method 1:
Mix one cup baking soda with sufficient water to make a paste. Spread around the oven and let stand for a couple of hours. Rub over the oven with a scouring pad. Heavier deposits may need to be prized off the oven with a spatula or an egg slice. Rinse off the residue with a damp cloth
Cleaning ovens method 2:
Mix equal quantities of baking soda and washing soda with sufficient water to make a paste. Add a small amount of vinegar and mix in well. Smother oven with the mixture and leave on over night. In the morning wipe off and rinse the oven with a damp cloth.
Strong smells in your oven?
Bake some orange peels in the oven for a few minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
Did you know:
Don't use nail polish or or nail polish remover if you are pregnant. These products are flammable, highly toxic and the vapours are easy to inhale. Under other circumstances use it strictly according the instructions on the label. Always turn on the bathroom exhaust fan and open a window when using either product and leave the room immediately after you have applied them. Always keep lids on the bottles and keep them away from children.
Workers in nail salons who are exposed to solvents without proper ventilation, face an increased risk of miscarriages and birth defects similar to fetal alcohol syndrome.
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