Ditch the harmful pollutants and make your own homemade natural oven cleaner
Did you know that you can clean your entire house effectively without harsh chemicals? The typical store-bought, chemical-based cleaners we are all familiar with are full of chemicals that are hazardous to your health. The potential health effects have been well researched and documented for years. Some previously widely-used ingredients such as Triclosan and Triclocarban were eventually removed from the market and banned due to their potential carcinogenic properties. These chemicals were found in almost EVERYTHING, including hand soap, toothpaste, and even children’s toys. They were in the market for approximately 20 years before being banned because of their controversial effect on human health.
The chemicals used in today’s products are also very harmful. These chemicals are linked to asthma, respiratory issues, skin irritation, eczema, skin allergies, hormone imbalance, immune system impact, potential reduced fertility, and even cancer, just to name a few. Take a look at my post about these chemicals and the impact on your health.
Cleaning Products Contribute to Harmful Pollutants In Air
The new novel COVID-19 virus has changed the way we live. Most of us are now spending much more time indoors. That led me to start thinking about and questioning the quality of the air we breathe. The EPA report states that the concentration of air pollutants is 2 to 5 times higher indoors than typical outdoor concentrations. They cite a number of culprits and one of them is household cleaners.
Since the use of cleaners is one thing I have complete control of in my household, I launched a campaign to eliminate them from my home! The reality is that most homes don’t need the same deep cleaning and disinfection an operating room in a hospital needs, or even as much as the average commercial space. If you are using harsh chemicals to disinfect your home you might be doing more harm than good. Take a look at this article published by Consumer Affairs. My best advice is that for any product you are considering using in your home, check it against the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning. They rank products from A to F depending on the toxicity of its ingredients.
My mission to eliminate pollutants from my home sent me on a quest to find the best alternatives for green, effective, and easy cleaning!
Effective Homemade Natural Oven Cleaner
The oven!! This is one messy place that needs some strong magic power to remove the grit and grime. At the same time, commercial oven cleaners are some of the most toxic products on the market. As soon as you spray some it stings your eyes, makes it hard to breath and can even burn your skin. I scouted the internet for the best possible natural formula and this is what I found. Most recipes on the internet call for a mix of dish soap, baking soda, and vinegar. While they are all very powerful natural cleaners, you are making a mix that reduces down to basically soapy water.
If you recall from your science class, an acid and a base neutralize each other. Vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base; mixing these two cancel each other’s cleaning power. You are better off picking one of the two. Some good recipes call for a paste of baking soda you can leave for a few hours and then wipe it all down. It does work, but I opted for the less messy option. Cleaning up the grainy mess was more involved than I wanted it to be and I was afraid to leave some behind and then turn the oven on. But, if you don’t like working with vinegar give the baking soda a try.
This is my favorite and it works amazingly well! I wanted to point out that I do have a self-cleaning oven, but I do not like the process. It takes hours and the entire house smells bad. I am also concerned about the substances released into the air during the process. After all, I am trying to clean my air!
So, here is it!
EASY Homemade Natural Oven Cleaner Recipe
- 16 oz Glass Spray Bottle
- Stainless Steel scrubber or Glass Scraper (I used both)
- 1 oz Dish Soap
- 3 oz Lemon Juice
- 6 oz Vinegar
- 6 oz Water
- Mix all ingredients in the glass spray bottle
- Spray the inside of the oven including the door with the mix
- Let sit for a minimum of 20 minutes. Longer for tougher spots
- Scrub with stainless steel scrubber in a circular motion. Use the glass scraper for stubborn spots.
- Let it sit for an additional 10-20 minutes
- Wipe it all down with a moist rag until all product is gone
And that is it!! Works like magic. I even use the prepared product for my large glass door. If you want to further purify the air, check out the post on the best plants you can add to your home décor that can also clean your air of pollutants!
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