I've, for the most part (minus the very occasional use of bleach) have switched to "earth-friendly" cleaners that you can find in stores like Method, Seventh Generation, etc. I can't help but wonder if they *really* clean (ie disinfect) as well as the other stuff, but I'll take their word for it. :) I've also wondered about the use of super natural (haha) ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, etc in every day cleaning but haven't really tried... until today! And now I'm excited to try more!
Today I cleaned my oven using just baking soda, vinegar, sponge and a little scrubbing and holy crap, it worked! Sorry I don't have a "before" pic but it was nasty after a bad boiling over a couple weeks ago and stinky ever since so you know it was bad! Yay! to no more toxic chemicals or nasty self-cleaning burning stench.
Found the how-to on a random Facebook link that appeared in my newfeed: Home Tips World: 55 Must-Read Cleaning Tips and Tricks That Make You Go Wow! which turned out to be regurge of Listotic's 55 Must-Read Cleaning Tips and Tricks post, but hey, they had a really good collage so I'll still credit them. :) Then of course, that finally lead me to the ACTUAL instructable: Cleaning Your Oven Without Poisonous Earth-Destroying Chemicals that showed me how to do it. WHEW!!
I'm not going to list everything out here, since they did an awesome job in the instructables, but I will include my own pix and (sorry, still now before pic) and a couple tips.
Definitely put the vinegar in a sprayer - makes life SO much easier. But get a GOOD sprayer, not this crappy one I got at Harris Teeter that barely sprays. Good thing it was just vinegar dripping down my hand and not some bleach concoction! I sprinkled a generous helping of baking soda on the bottom of my oven and sprayed it w/ vinegar but that wouldn't work for the walls so I made a vinegar/baking soda paste to smear on the walls. Used a plastic Menchies Frozen Yogurt spoon for that. haha.
And then to my amazement, I was able to scrub minimally to get that nasty burned stuff off. The hard part was the repeated rinsing w/ the water and sponge but even that wasn't too bad. That's what that glass bowl was for - water for rinsing and repeat. :) Be sure to rinse well because if you don't, the first time you bake something it will crust over a little. If this happens, just give it another wipe down after it's cooled off. One thing I did notice was that this didn't seem to work to well on the glass/window. Will need to look for another solution for that!
Tada!! I can't wait until the next time something boils over so I can do this again. ;)
Now that I'm a believer, I'm gonna start trying out other natural cleaning solutions and will be sure to let you know all about them - only the ones that work, of course! ;)
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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)
Here, now enjoy some random affiliate links for some products I love because they help me be a little more earth-friendly when it comes to packing lunches. hee hee. :)
Other earth-friendly alternatives for fun and easy to-go meals and snacks!
Stainless Steel Water Bottles:
Glass Water Bottles:
BPA-Free Plastic Water Bottles: