In order to simplify the season ahead, it’s important to do a little preparatory work in advance to keep things running smoothly before the busy begins. I think that today (or this week) is a great day (week) to clean the oven. That’s right, I’m going to be all bossy-pants and boss you into the kitchen and tell you to clean your oven. Why clean the oven now weeks before the actual holiday madness? Because I tried to self-clean my oven a couple years ago on the day before Thanksgiving and blew a couple fuses and had to have a repair person out to the house and I don’t want that to happen to you. Thus the clean the oven way before Thanksgiving tradition.
I have a super simple and effective homemade cleaning recipe for you to use too – you’ll love it. It’s fume-free, uses ingredients you already have, and it WORKS!
For demonstration purposes (ha, ha) I let my oven get really dirty.
Gather these three ingredients:
Homemade Paste Oven Cleaner
- ½ cup water
- enough baking soda to make a paste – about 1/4 to ½ cup
- 1 tablespoon castile soap or whatever dish soap you have on hand
Mix up this paste (it will expand a bit as the baking soda combines with the soap and the water).
Using a sponge, spread the paste all over your oven to coat. Let the mixture sit for 15-30 minutes. Using a clean sponge, wipe clean and rinse thoroughly with warm water. You’ll want to repeat the rinsing with a sponge and warm water until the oven is completely clean and residue free.
Check out the after – pretty clean, right?
If you are feeling really ambitious you could clean your microwave or wipe down your appliances while the paste is working its magic.
You can find this and 149 more DIY cleaning recipes in my book, The Organically Clean Home!
This post is part of a series designed to help you Simplify the Season. You can see all the posts here.