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Non-Toxic Oven Cleaner

Non-Toxic Oven Cleaner

You don’t have to use toxic commercial cleaners that can contaminate your food to clean your oven. There is a better way!

Commercial oven cleaners are very hard to rinse and the taste of it gets into food. Yum: Roast turkey a la Oven Cleaner. Many also get headaches when using commercial products.

Believe it or not, you can clean your oven safely with nothingbut baking soda and water. Give this a try, because it really works!

Most people can hardly believe that all I use for cleaning the oven is baking soda and water, and that the project requires no scrubbing. I suppose we have all been so brainwashed by household products companies that we mistakenly believe we require powerful chemicals for cleaning. But most people don’t know that simple household minerals such as baking soda can clean like magic. The key is using enough of the mineral.

To clean my oven, I sprinkle baking soda all over the bottom until it is covered completely with about 1/4 of an inch of baking soda. Then, using a clean spray bottle, I spray the baking soda with water until the baking soda is thoroughly damp but not flooded. After that, this lazy cleaner goes off and does other things. When I think of it, I dampen the baking soda again if it is drying out. Before I go to bed, I do that again. When I wake up in the morning, the baking soda can effortlessly be scooped out of the oven with a sponge, bringing all the grime with it. That’s it! The only downside is that you need to rinse out the white residue left by the baking soda, but it sure beats Turkey La Oven Cleaner because there are no fumes!

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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Natural living has reached the mainstream: we are now far more concerned about the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the chemicals that surround us, and recognize that government regulations all too often fall short of safeguarding our health. Enter Annie Berthold-Bond, whose Better Basics for the Home is a compendium of practical information -- recipes, tips, and guidelines -- for creating a simpler, cheaper and environmentally safer now


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1:30PM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

Is this safe to use without extinguishing a gas pilot light?

I am afraid of blowing myself up with store-bought oven cleaners, or homemade cleaning recipes that include ammonia.

11:38AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Definitely going to try this!!! Thanks.

5:31AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Well, how do you clean the sides of the oven and the inside oven door?

10:42AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Baking soda seems to be becoming so popular, why haven't I tried it yet?? Does it really work so well?? I am going to have to try it for myself. 1 time every year I have my oven cleaned by a professional in oven cleaner sheffield but I am still going to try this baking soda idea in between that once per year.

10:30AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

I was quite stressed out that oven cleaning always requires heavy-duty cleaners. However, I am now a little bit less wary, thanks to this post. I am about to try but if the results are not satisfactory enough I am surely going to call the Wimbledon home cleaners. Their services were recomended to me, so I won't hesitate:

7:29AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Thank you for the interesting article. It is greener than toxic fumes of oven cleaners and Mother Earth is smiling upon you.

1:02PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Thank you... I am going to try this!!!

3:22PM PST on Jan 2, 2013


2:43AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Thanks - will try this.

5:48PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

It's a good time to try this.

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