These days, the new ovens are are a huge improvement over the older ones. They are better for many reasons, but today I’m centering on the fact that they are self cleaning! That makes the dreaded chore of cleaning that beloved and much used appliance a lot more simple to complete. I’ve lived in rentals that had older appliances and those old ovens were not self cleaning. I shudder just remembering those days. I’ve spilled my share of grease, sauces and food inside my ovens. If you’ve done the same as I have, you know the smell only gets worse as the heat from the oven further cooks it. It hardens and the gunk can require some serious scrubbing to remove. Not to mention the smoke that burns off the spilled food. Who wants to mess with that? You can always clean your oven with a chemical cleaner, but I never like to use cleaning chemicals near heat. Especially when I’m going to have my head in the oven, breathing the chemicals into my lungs.
If you have an oven that isn’t self cleaning, I have an easy way to clean your oven and it’s all natural.
- Take half a lemon and rub it on the bottom of the oven where any food may have spilled. The food has probably hardened, so rub it thoroughly. If there is a lot of food or it has hardened on thick, use both halves of your lemon.
- Preheat your oven to 250° and place a medium size, oven safe bowl, (I used a glass bowl) filled with water and four to six more lemon halves on the top rack and close the door.
- The water will heat up and the steam will help soften the stuck on residue. Wait approximately an hour and turn the oven off. Open the oven door and give the oven time to cool down, cool to the point of safely touching it.
- When it’s cool to the touch, use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the inside of your oven, including the door. If some spots are more stubborn, you can safely use a wet scouring pumice and rub those stubborn spots away.