Natural Oven Cleaner: Baking Soda and Vinegar

For weeks a particular promoted Facebook post kept appearing in my newsfeed.  At first I ignored it, but once I had made my 2015 New Year’s resolution to try a new thing a day, I thought maybe I should click on it in case it was something I should add to my list.  As soon as I read it, I decided to give it a go right away.

The article I am referring to was:

You’ve Been Cleaning Your Oven The Wrong Way Your Entire Life. This Is So Brilliant!

I followed the instructions to the letter, using just baking soda and water mixed into a paste spread out over the inside of the oven, and left overnight, and then wiped off in the morning, and cleaned again with some vinegar.

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I have to say I was really pleased with the results!  Our oven had been desperately in need of a deep clean, and this method did a decent job. It did not remove all of the seriously scorched marks on the bottom, but it was very clean.

The only thing I was not happy about was the smell – I found the smell of the vinegar really offensive, and even with the doors and windows wide open, the acrid smell did not dissipate for hours, and I ended up with a raging headache.

It was only MUCH later on that I realised that I had used the wrong type of vinegar… I should have used 5% white spirit vinegar, but had in fact used malt vinegar!!!

This “something new” was particularly interesting because of the feedback it generated on my Facebook post about it – I received brilliant tips and advice from lots of my friends about other natural “recipes” to use in household cleaning… so I actually ended up with a heap more ideas of new things to try later in the year, many of which I have used ever since!

Two years on, I now almost exclusively perform my daily household cleaning routines using all natural products.  So when I look back on this experience, and how utterly clueless I was back then, it gives me a giggle!

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