How to clean an oven without harsh chemicals
For decades, people have wondered how to clean an oven without harsh chemicals. Pondered upon whether chemical-free alternatives are actually effective at tackling baked-on grease. And it’s a question worth asking considering oven cleaners are often the most corrosive and harmful products we come in contact with within general home cleaning. They catch the back of your throat and can cause nasty coughing fits. You even have to wear gloves to avoid skin contact.
Poison Control has warned that oven cleaners may be dangerous to skin, eyes and respiratory tract. In fact, they can cause chemical burns with skin contact and even damage your lungs permanently if you inhale the fumes. If you have asthma or other breathing problems, the effects can be particularly scary. So it’s no shock that putting these chemicals in the very thing we cook our food in, seems like a risk not worth taking.
After experimenting with many natural options, we think we’ve finally found the holy grail combination for cleaning an oven. Baking soda and the Spruce kitchen cleaning kit.
Best Oven Cleaner: A Step by Step Guide
The best oven cleaner is one that is effective at removing grease and tough stains, whilst being gentle on your lungs and not polluting the air you breathe. Our fool proof method is to use a mix of old-school natural cleaning hacks and Spruce refillable cleaning products.
How to clean an oven without harsh chemicals:
Mix together a paste with 100g of baking soda and 35ml of lukewarm water. If you want to add any essential oils for fragrance, add 3-4 drops here. For larger ovens, double the recipe.
Take out your oven racks and soak them in dishwashing liquid whilst you clean the inside of your oven.
With a painting brush or a sponge spread the paste all over the oven’s interior. Then spray with Spruce’s multipurpose kitchen cleaning kit all over and leave overnight to dry (or 8 hours).
Wipe down the next day with more Spruce and plenty of water.
Enjoy your sparkling clean oven without using any harsh chemicals.
The Best Oven Cleaner for Baked on Grease: Spruce Oven Cleaner Spray
Spruce oven cleaner spray, part of the kitchen cleaning kit, is the best oven cleaner for baked on grease. It’s effective at removing the most stubborn of grime. The best part is that it doesn’t include any harsh chemicals or single-use plastics. In fact, this oven cleaner spray is formulated with non-toxic plant-based ingredients and is free from artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, palm oil, parabens, pesticides, petroleum, phosphates, SLS and triclosan.
This makes it much safer to breathe in than most oven cleaner sprays and other kitchen cleaners in general.
Words by Eleni Evangelinos