When it comes to cleaning projects in the house, I jump right in.
Except when it comes to cleaning the oven.
So, for my first Living Pinterest project, I chose to tackle that which I avoid cleaning the most.
You guys, I hadn’t cleaned my oven in over a year. A year. So the gunk and junk was really caked on the bottom and door of the oven. Behold the grossness below.
Clearly my oven needed a good scrubbing, especially the door. I am all about using natural products when I clean, so I went to my Clean It Up! Pinterest board to find an oven cleaning project that would utilize a non-chemical process. I found this one from Cha Ching Queen.
Cha Ching Queen listed the ingredients for the natural oven cleaner as white vinegar, water, coarse salt, and baking soda. I rounded up all of the ingredients and prepared to get dirty.
I followed the directions exactly as they were listed. I sprayed the oven with the vinegar/water mixture, and then sprinkled on the baking soda and salt. Then I sprayed it again and let it sit overnight (about 9 hours).
This is what it looked like in the morning. Pretty nasty.
As instructed, I grabbed the spray bottle with vinegar and water and sprayed all of the gunk to loosen it up. Then I started scrubbing with the rough side of a sponge. The caked-on ick on the door came off nicely with some intense scrubbing on my part.
Finn and Harlow were wondering if they could help and were not happy when I said no. 🙂
As I continued to scrub and rinse the sponge, I noticed that there was a plethora of coarse salt residual. The salt hadn’t dissolved much overnight and it was settling into every nook and cranny in the oven. Plus, it had fallen into the abyss under the bottom plate of the stove, along with some of the baking soda mixture.
However, my stove was becoming pretty clean. I used the handle of a plastic spoon to scrape out the gunk stuck in nooks and crannies. It worked pretty well, but was time consuming. I used paper towel to wipe out the rest of the salt in oven.
I was almost finished when I realized that I should check the bottom drawer of the oven, where I found old food crumbs and the natural cleaning solution I had used. So I wiped that out too.
After scrubbing and wiping for a long time, this was the final result.
Not all of the yuck came off, so I am going to have to do some cleaning triage on those spots.
Overall, this Pinterest cleaning project was just OK. I really loved the fact that I was using non-toxic supplies, but this was a messy job. In total, it took about five hours to complete, with a lot of the time spent cleaning up the salt particles that got everywhere, even on the floor. I also ended up having to remove the bottom plate of the stove to clean out the cleaning mixture that had fallen into the belly of the oven. This was definitely not in the plan.
In the end, I would rate this cleaning project as very low cost, environmentally friendly, and mostly effective for getting the oven clean. However, it was quite time consuming and very messy.
I give it 3 out of five stars.