Summer time cleaning is the perfect time to freshen up your home and give it some new life. Most importantly, during the kitchen cleaning you can give new life to some of your kitchen appliances which you never thought needed any. Have you checked your oven recently? Open the door and look inside. Surprised about all the greasy stains and dirt? You shouldn’t be – it was your doing. It’s now time to fix it.
Here are some tips about how to do it properly, and with a touch of eco-friendliness:
You have to start with picking your cleaning products carefully. You can’t just slap a cloth with any detergent inside the oven – that’s where your food goes. Avoid products with chemicals. Many products use a high concentration of corrosive ingredients for easier cleaning, but easy doesn’t always mean good. This means you are spilling toxic materials inside your oven in the hopes that they will dissolve before you put food inside. Not to mention that these products are dangerous while cleaning – some of them burn the skin on touch, and are harmful to the eyes.
If you have listened to your grandparents long enough, it shouldn’t be surprising that ovens can be cleaned with everyday harmless products like different types of soda, vinegar, soap, or lemon juice. You can make your own green cleaners with them for a healthier and safer effect.
Natural green cleaning solutions for everyday problems.
• Baking soda and washing soda can be quite the helpful cleaners. Use them to scrub the inside of the oven and easily remove all the accumulated grease.
• There are many essential oils and herbs that will do the job just fine, and will add a bit of germ-fighting power to the mix. Think about using peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender for better cleaning agents that will remove all the bacteria and fungus accumulated in the oven, and add some nice fragrances.
• Speaking of fragrances, if the cleaning has left some unpleasant odors, you should use lemon juice to add a fresh aroma to the oven. Except for the smell, lemon juice also helps with mold and bacteria, so start squeezing lemons.
• Vinegar is a very effective cleaning tool. It is a fast cleaner that eats into grease and mold with ease, and it can also serve as a disinfectant to keep your oven germ-free. The smell might not be for everybody, but there are less smelly vinegar types you can choose from – white vinegar, for instance, can add a softer odor instead of the acute smell. Another great solutions is to add a few drops of essential oils or citrus oil for a refreshing fragrance and extra cleaning power.
• Always remember that the best way to save yourself from cleaning stains is preventing them from happening in the first place. Use parchment paper and foil to safely wrap up your dishes and prevent spilling while you cook inside the oven. This might seem expensive, but in the long run, getting all the cleaning materials you need to remove the stains is much more expensive.
If you find these tips helpful, use them for a better, safer, greener cleaning service. Keep your oven clean and your food fresh and healthy. For more tips click here.
Live green and healthy!