To clean really dirty ovens there are lots of products on the market, fast and that work very well, that we will not discuss, but there are also natural alternatives, equally effective, cheaper and that do not irritate or leave a chemical smell throughout the House.
The truth is that we do not discover anything new: of all the life in the houses these natural products have been used in the cleaning of the home and, although it may seem cumbersome, we can have good results without complicating ourselves too much.
The kings of natural cleansing are lemon and vinegar, which, accompanied by bicarbonate (which is a chemical, but very much at home), have the deserved reputation for ending any type of grease and dirt. Also to clean the oven they will be perfect allies, since they will facilitate this task to be done with relative frequency, whether we like it or not.
Vinegar has antibacterial and disinfectant properties, so we can use it both to clean fruits and vegetables and for cleaning at home. A good solution is to prepare a spray bottle of water and vinegar, maintaining a proportion of 3 parts of water and one of vinegar so that it does not smell especially bad (although the smell of vinegar goes quite quickly). With this spray we can spray the oven walls, let it act a few minutes and then rinse with water.
If the oven is not very dirty but we need to do a quick cleaning, we can fill the tray with two glasses of hot water and 1 glass of vinegar. Turn on the oven at 200 degrees and let it act for 30 minutes. Then, you just have to pass a damp cloth through the oven walls and the glass, and the steam from the vinegar will make the dirt go out alone.
The magic pasta of bicarbonate and vinegar
Bicarbonate has many domestic uses and, apart from being economical, we can find it anywhere. To clean the oven we can spread it directly on the bottom if there are traces of food stuck and then spray with water spray and vinegar. But the most effective way to use it is to make a paste of bicarbonate, water and vinegar so that it adheres better, and also use it on the walls.
We just have to put in a bowl 10 tablespoons of baking soda, 4 of hot water and 3 of vinegar. We add the vinegar very slowly because it will react to the bicarbonate foaming. If we see that the mixture is too liquid, we add a little more bicarbonate. We spread the mixture through the oven, especially in the dirtiest areas.
We leave a few hours (even overnight if the oven dirt is an exaggerated thing) and then simply rinse with water or water spray and vinegar. It is not necessary to rub, the dirt detaches itself. If we want to speed up the process because we don’t have much time, we just have to turn on the oven and leave it for a while with the mixture inside. The dirt will take off much faster.
The dough of bicarbonate and vinegar can also be made with yeast and vinegar, but we like this mixture less because we have to use a lot of yeast. We prefer bicarbonate which, on the other hand, is faster and more efficient.
If we don’t have vinegar at home or its smell bothers us especially, we can make the same mixture of baking soda and previous water, and substitute the vinegar for coarse salt.
Lemon, like vinegar, is also a disinfectant. For the cleaning of the oven we will do very well because it will help eliminate odors, especially if we have prepared fish. We just have to pour water on the baking sheet with the juice of 1 lemon and its peel.
It is best to do it right after using it to take advantage of the residual heat, but if we have thought about it late, we turn on the oven at a medium temperature and let it act for about 30 minutes. There will be no trace of any unpleasant smell and the steam will also help us to pass a damp cloth and clean the walls easily.