I love DIY projects so when I found out about DIY cleaning products I didn’t hesitate to try them. With all the baking and cooking I do in my kitchen, I am constantly trying to keep it clean. Not only the counter tops and the floors, but also the appliances. In the past few years I have become more into natural products and really pay attention to what ingredients are in products for skincare, food, cleaning products, etc. I try to make as many homemade products as I can when it comes to cleaning because I know exactly what I am putting in the solution and it works just as well as store bought products.
If you search DIY kitchen cleaning on pinterest, there are hundreds of links that you can choose from for anything and everything in your kitchen. One appliance that I find most difficult to get clean is my oven. Although it has a button for it to clean itself, it doesn’t really get the job done. When you have something that has spilled onto the bottom of your oven, every time you have your oven on you can smell it, so I needed to find a quick fix. I found this “recipe” from One Good Thing on how to easily clean your oven.
- Baking dish
- Pot of water
- Dish soap
- Scrubbing pad or sponge
- Cleaning gloves
Step 1 – Prep
Start by preheating your oven to 150 degrees F.
While the oven is heating, put your pot of water on your stovetop and bring it to a boil.
When the oven has reached 150 F, turn it off. Pour 1 cup of ammonia into a baking dish, then place the dish on the top rack of your oven.
Finally, place the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack of your oven, and close the oven door.
Step 2 – Wait
You’ll want to give the ammonia and hot water several hours to work their magic inside your oven. The most convenient way to do it is to do the prep right before you go to bed, and let it sit overnight.
Step 3 – Empty The Oven
In the morning, open your oven and remove both the bowl of ammonia and the pot of water. (But don’t dispose of the ammonia; you’ll want to use it later!)
Remove the oven racks as well, and leave the oven door open to air out for about 15 minutes.
Step 4 – Scrub
Now that the ammonia has had time to work it’s magic, it’s time to scrub all that nastiness away.
Add 1-2 teaspoons of dish soap to the dish of ammonia, along with a quart of warm water. Then pull on your cleaning gloves and grab a scrubbing pad.
Dip the scrubbing pad into the ammonia mixture, and use it to wipe away the softened grease and grime along the sides and bottom of the oven. (It should be a fairly easy job at this point!)