When you have a family your oven is probably the one appliance (besides the washing machine) that gets used the most. From cooking dinner every night to baking cookies for the next school function, your oven and stovetop are working pretty damn hard. And let’s face it – cooking is never a neat process. There’s always some sort of mess to clean up, and part of it is often stuck to your burners or collected at the bottom of the oven.
You have to clean up these messes so often; why does it have to be so difficult? And because you’re cleaning the surfaces that cook your food, you don’t want to use toxic chemicals. Here are the best natural methods for cleaning your oven and stovetop – they won’t leave harmful residue behind, and they work!
Spills Stuck at the Bottom of the Oven
When you’re cooking and food boils over and falls onto the oven floor, you dread the difficult task of trying to clean it all up later. One of the best things to do is attack the problem as soon as you notice it, even if you’re still cooking. Just open the oven and sprinkle a thick layer of salt on top of the spill. The salt will help soak up the mess. When your food is done cooking, remove the oven racks (with an oven mitt!!) and use a rag to scrub away the mess. Getting it while it’s still hot will make it a lot easier. Use a spatula to chip away at really stuck-on spots.
You won’t always catch spills as they happen, but there’s another easy, natural way to remove them later when they’re baked on. Mix some baking soda and water, and spread the mixture over the spot. Let it stand for half an hour, and attack with a spatula. If that doesn’t work, sprinkle on some more baking soda and put a few drops of vinegar on top. This should help dissolve the spot and make it easier to remove.
Spills on the Stovetop
When you’re cooking on the stovetop and food splatters all over or drips underneath the burners, it’s another pain to clean. But it happens all the time, and the best thing you can do is clean your stovetop every day rather than let a week’s worth of food spills accumulate. To clean the stovetop, you can wipe it down with a plain old sponge wet with water and liquid dish soap. If necessary, you can remove the burners and soak them in warm water with dish soap. After a bit, you’ll be able to easily wipe off any leftover food.
When you have a tougher spot to tackle, use the same method you would in your oven and put a paste of baking soda and water on top. Let it sit, and then wipe the mess away with a sponge or rag. Baking soda won’t scratch your stovetop, and it works great. In fact, baking soda is one of the best natural cleaning methods to use in all areas of your home! Go ahead, try it!
About the Author: Katherine Brown is a kitchen expert and mother who works with Drury Designs. She loves to blog about cooking, cleaning, and the best ways to maximize the efficiency of your cleaning routine.
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