Tuesday, July 20, 2010

homemade eco-friendly oven cleaner

I have been on a bit of a green cleaning spree as of late, probably thanks to my irresistible nesting urge. I joke with Brad that I am like the bird of paradise that frantically makes and remakes it's nest a thousand times before beginning the mating dance in which he shows just how sexy he is. At 37 weeks pregnant and definitely counting, I am far from sexy, but my incessant nesting would have any bird beat.

My lastest endeavor- the oven! Our oven is in constant use what with all the breadmaking, vegetarian casseroles and baby muffins we procure. So, it was about time it got a good old scrubbing. This is the first time I have ever 'green cleaned' an oven and this very basic recipe worked a treat. The key is to let the bi-carb sit for as long as possible (ideally overnight) in order to eat away at all that grime.

Give this recipe a go whenever you next get the cleaning itch and enjoy!

Green Oven Cleaner

1 cup of bi-carb soda
2 tbs water + 2 tbs white vinegar
castille liquid soap
1/4 cup white vinegar + 1/4 cup water + a few drops of peppermint essential oil

Make a thick paste with the bi carb, vinegar and water and scrub entire oven from top to bottom leaving a thick white paste everywhere.
Let it sit overnight or for at least 8 hours
Then, use the liquid soap, water and a textured cloth to scrub the walls, ceiling and bottom of the oven slowly removing all the bi-carb and dirty residue
Once the majority of grit is removed, spray with the vinegar mixture and wipe down for a fresh smell and smooth surfaces



Twig and Toadstool said...

Hello beautiful mamma to be!
Could you drop me an e-mail to let me know how to send you the "guest post"...I'm at

ps...thanks for the green recipe...I hate conventional oven cleaner...it just reeks of toxicity!

eliza said...

I'm new to your blog and I LOVE it! I remember Brad well from our NYC days. Love to you and your family.

xo Eliza Cantlay

Bianca said...

I'll have to give this a shot. I keep a sheet of aluminium foil in the bottom to catch the worst of the overspill, but this sounds like a great way to clean the rest! My crusty old oven could do with a polish and shine.

Best wishes for your upcoming birth. Take it easy and enjoy the experience, I am sure you're looking great.


Little Ted Canvas said...

There's one I must try, our oven is a disgrace!
..I love that nesting period, pottering about getting everything just so..wow, 37wks not long now, and I've no doubt you're looking gorgeous!

Rebecca The Greeniac said...

Wow... great suggestion! I'll have to try that out...er... if I ever get around to cleaning my oven!

Sarah said...

Wow scrubbing the oven at 37 weeks! You must surely have run out of things to clean. This recipe looks brilliant. I hardly ever clean my oven and the smoke alarm is always going off. Terrible aren't I? Sounds like a good time to try it out.

I hope your baby arrives before you wear yourself out. Lots of good wishes for a wonderful birth.

Steph said...

Just what I need! Thanks so much! Enough with the nesting girl and rest those tootsies. Another cup of tea and a bikkie is called for next time you feel like cleaning something. Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

Gina said...

37 WEEKS! Youch. Thanks for the laugh re: mating dance... I was visualizing... scary!

I've usually cleaned my oven with bicarb and vinegar - but have only left it for about 8 minutes, not 8 hours, that sounds sensible.

PS I tried finding lectric soda and borax at my local supermarkets, and there is NOTHING. Would you believe it? I asked and all. I'll have to search further afield I guess.

PPS can I please have your address? I'm sure I had it before but have lost it.

xx G

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Must try your recipe...I HATE cleaning the oven...I generally don't do it...!! terrible I know, but i can't tolerate the poison generally accepted for this job.
I have tried using a special ENJO glove, but c'mon who are we kidding...it's not the best at it!
BUT maybe if I used the glove with your special conconction...it may have better results.

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

37 weeks! Thats so exciting.
My oven probably wishes I was nesting. Given the work out that it regularly gets, I really should do something about the state it is in.

jodi said...

hey beautiful miss m,
please let me know if you would like me to write a guest post.
also, thanks for this recipe...I've been looking for one for a long time...x

Jana said...

Oh...I'l have to try this. I just discovered how well plain baking soda works to clean my sink.
Thanks xo Jana

Taylor Made said...

Thanks for sharing that....It is one job I keep putting off until now.

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