I am embarrassed to admit I don’t clean my oven very often, and it was looking pretty bad. Bad enough that I was considering throwing it out and buying a whole new one to avoid the trouble. This is a byproduct of spillage in the oven, then I would say “Oh I’ll clean it up when the oven cools down”, and I would of course forget, the next time I preheated it I would say “ Oh forgot that last time, as soon as it cools down I need to scrub that out” and inevitably I would forget, and repeat like a hundred times.
The other reason I avoid cleaning it? I abhor the toxic fumes of oven cleaner, they are horrible and every time I start to spray – I start to choke. That cant be good for me, or my kids, or my pets. But finally I could avoid the dirty job of cleaning out the oven no longer, there was enough build up on the bottom for a whole blackened casserole of some sort. So clearly I needed to find a replacement that wouldn’t send us all running for cover from the smell.
I experimented with a couple different recipes I found online and came up with this one that does the job beautifully. Besides avoid the smell, you can save quite a bit this way too. A can at the store costs about $4 – $7. Making your own is less than $0.75 in ingredients!
That’s it! I lay a towel up under the edge of the oven, and fill a big bowl with hot soapy water to wipe out all the gunk.
The after pic was after spraying and wiping with very little elbow grease. There were a few spots I had to attack with a little force but for the most part everything wiped away.