As I sit here thinking about a “healthy living” blog post, I started thinking of not only the things we put into our bodies to be healthier but also the things we use around the house to be healthier as well.
Harsh chemical cleaners are not something I want in my environment.
It’s a good thing that there are natural products you can use for cleaning that not only work well but also don’t infuse the air you breathe with man-made chemicals with names you can’t pronounce.
Baking soda is one of those products.
I used it a couple weekends ago to clean my oven, after the Great Valentine’s Day Pizza Disaster of Ought Sixteen.
Previously, I’ve used oven cleaners and the “Self Cleaning” setting on my oven, which, if you’ve ever tried it, you know how scary this can be between the heat of the oven and the stench of the oven cleaners. You pretty much need to air out the house for two years after you go through that process.
However, baking soda and some elbow grease got my oven sparkly clean without any chemicals.
First, I made a thick paste of baking soda and water, and rubbed it all over the oven. I let it sit overnight. The next morning, I boiled some water with half a lemon placed the pot with the boiling water and lemon into the oven, and closed the door, letting it steam inside for about an hour.
When I opened the door, I removed the pot of water, reserving it, and sprayed the oven with white vinegar. You’ll see the vinegar reacting with the baking soda, and it will foam a little. Then, using the lemon water and a strong cloth (which you’ll probably have to throw away after use if your oven is as dirty as mine was), scrub that baking soda paste off, bringing built-up gunk with it. Scrub until the oven is clean, and then wipe out with clean water and a different cloth. Super easy and no crazy chemicals!