Mrs. Jones' Soapbox

  • Cleaning your oven, the all-natural way.

    Cleaning your oven is definitely not the most joyful job, but to ensure you don’t end up with an appliance that looks older than it really is, you should consider cleaning your oven every few months. Not only will it look newer, but it’s also the best way to avoid baking your dinner in an unhygienic oven. Oh, and how in the world does crap even get inside the class of your oven door? Have you ever wondered that? It doesn’t matter how often you clean the inside or outside of the door, if there are crumbs (and who knows what else) inside the actual glass of the door, you feel like your entire kitchen looks dirty. This dreaded task was on my summer to-do list, and I finally conquered it! With a few days to spare and MJS Soft Cleaning Scrub in hand, I chose to wake up early, pour a cup of strong coffee, put on some jams and get right to it.

     

    I personally like to use the self-cleaning oven feature to start the job. I did this the day before. If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, that’s OK! You can still follow all of these steps to get the job done. Once that part was complete for me and the oven cooled, I removed the racks and washed them in the sink with Soft Cleaning Scrub. I wiped down the oven with a wet sponge and did an even deeper clean inside the entire oven with the nontoxic Scrub. If you don't use Scrub, I highly recommend using baking soda or something else nontoxic and chemical-free. Did you know that the most dangerous way to clean an oven is by using an off-the-shelf chemical cleaner? Not that it doesn’t do the job, but chemical cleaners use lye, along with a host of other chemicals, to magically lift off caked-on grease and grime. The number one reason you won’t want to use this product is that it is incredibly hazardous to your health and the health of your family. 

     

    As far as getting inside the actual glass door of the oven, I definitely had to do some research, but with a little web surfing and manual skimming, I figured it out! 

     

    Here’s how I did it:

    I began by taking the screws along the top of your door out. I was able to use just a regular phillips head screwdriver, but you may need something else. I would try the phillips head screwdriver first, but just be careful that you are not stripping the head of your screws. As you get toward the last couple of screws, use caution because once the door comes apart with the last screw out, the two pieces can instantly come apart. I found it easiest and most comfortable to sit on my knees in front of the oven to allow the door to rest on my thighs. You could definitely use an extra hand during this first step. Once you can get in there, you can use the hose attachment on your vacuum to suck up all those nasty crumbs and then wipe it down with a damp, nonabrasive sponge. If there is still built-up grease, grime, and mess on the glass, use Soft Cleaning Scrub to cover it completely and use your nonabrasive sponge to scrub it all around. In most cases, you will see almost everything clean up off the glass at this point. If not, you may need to repeat this step. Once the glass appears clean, use a wet rag to get rid of all the Scrub, then you can wipe down the glass with MJS Glass & Granite Spray. Reassemble your glass door with caution and finish by giving everything one last wipe down and shine from the outside. 

     

    Although I didn’t complete everything on my summer to-do list, I feel super accomplished that this task was done … at least for the next couple months! It was also a reminder that the best way to keep your oven clean is to prevent spills from happening in the first place, and that it’s much easier to wipe away drippings while they are still warm rather than bake them repeatedly and expect to get it clean later. Wishful thinking? 

     

    Happy Cleaning,

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