“Green Your Cleaning” Series-Kitchen Part 3-Ovens

One of the most problematic areas in our kitchen to clean can be our stoves.  Why?  I have a confession, I haven’t cleaned out my stove in, well, I can’t even remember the last time I cleaned out my stove.  Can you tell?  (I can’t believe I am actually posting this!)  That hard, baked on mess tells the truth.

The next time you need to clean out your stove, don’t reach for that highly toxic can of oven cleaner.  Reach for your box of baking soda and your next meal won’t have that lingering taste of chemicals.

Oven Cleaner

Sprinkle your baking soda liberally all over the floor of the oven.  Spray it with water until it’s well dampened and a little pasty, then leave it for a few hours. You should be able to just wipe out that once baked on mess.  To remove the film of baking soda residue that is left behind, reach for your vinegar.  You can use a spray bottle or simple wet a rag with vinegar and wipe clean.

Can you see the difference in my after pictures?  It still isn’t perfect and a few of the really problematic spots I did a second time, but oh so much better!  My home wasn’t filled with that overwhelming chemical smell you get with conventional cleaners.  You couldn’t even tell that the baking soda was hard at work.  So the next time your oven has a spill, why not give it a try.  It doesn’t even require much elbow grease!

Refrigerator

To wipe down the inside of my refrigerator I use a half and half water to vinegar ratio.  I spray down the glass shelves, inside door shelves and the sides of the walls.  You could also mix 1/2 cup water to 1/2 cup vinegar in a bowl and wipe with a cloth.  Then using a rag soaked in vinegar wipe down the door seal (to kill mold and mildew) along with the front and sides of the refrigerator.  Once a year it is a good idea to try to also vacuum the coils and clean off the fan blades of any dust and debris.  This is usually on the back bottom panel of the frig.

Microwave

Using our faithful lemons, you can easily clean and freshen your microwave.  Place lemon wedges in a small bowl of water and turn on for two to three minutes. Let it sit without opening the door for about ten minutes, then wipe out the inside. If you still have any baked on food left behind, make a paste of baking soda and water to scrub them right out.

Those three seem to be the most difficult for me, although none of them are actually hard to do.  Let me know if you try either out?

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