Well hello. Since I last posted, I practically burned down my house during what we would call a “Pinterest Fail.” I needed potato chips. I wanted potato chips. I made potato chips. In the process of making said potato chips, I about destroyed my oven and caused a storm of funk to explode in my oven. Note to self- never, ever, ever set your oven to 500 degrees and throw in some 1/8 inch sliced potatoes drizzled with olive oil. It will be bad. Very, very bad. Smoke detector going on, house stinking, mess.
The result? A desperate need for a non toxic oven cleaner. I hate, hate, hate the way Easy Off smells, and I really dislike the idea of putting so many chemicals in the place where I make my food. My goal was to restore my gorgeous KitchenAid Convection oven to it’s prior glory WITHOUT loading it with toxic fumes. I knew in advance that I was going to have to really lean in and scrub the bajeesus out of my stove, but with a bit of trial and error, I got the job done. On Pinterest there are a number of tips to clean an oven, some work, some don’t.
Here is what works for me and my nasty, filthy, ‘tater explosion of an oven.
Dawn Dish Soap- 3-4 drops
4 T of Baking Soda
5 T of Vinegar
Juice of a lime or lemon
Highly Technical Instructions
1.) When you are pouring the vinegar on the baking powder, GO Slow, otherwise, you will get a bit of science experiment mess.
2.) Slather on the paste into the oven. Get all sides (including your window)
3.) As Ron Popiel would say “SET IT AND FORGET IT”- Let is soak in for a few hours
4.) Using a sponge, scrub where some of the deep scorches/messes exist
5.) Using a kitchen washcloth, wipe out until all cleanser is gone.
I’m so glad I used homemade instead of toxic nightmare products.
Go forth and clean your oven. Your turkey will thank you.