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Green oven clean? February 20, 2008

Filed under: cleaning,cooking,frugal living,green living — razberiswrl @ 2:14 pm
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My oven and stove top are pretty grungy. You know, the black/brown stuff around the burners that will get a little lighter if you scrub until your nails all rip off, and your knuckles bleed … Yeah, I have quite a bit of that (and I might post pics for comments …). I know I could probably go buy a can of Super Toxic Earth and People Killer Oven Cleaner Extreme (tm) at my local Save A Dime to Exploit the Exploited-Mart (tm), but I don’t want to if I don’t have to. Any tips???

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4 Responses to “Green oven clean?”

  1. Heather Says:

    Good luck. Baking soda/with a little paste for abrasive action maybe??? We have a self cleaning oven which I love because I never have to use the nasty chemicals.

  2. razberiswrl Says:

    I have a button on my oven that says “clean,” but I don’t know if I’m just supposed to push that button and walk away or what … I mean, I get that it just gets super hot and burns all the crap off, but does it really get it CLEAN??? I didn’t do the dirtying to this oven either, I am buying my in-laws’ house, and it came this way, LOL. Oh, and what about the stove top? Like all around the burners? It’s a gas stove, so it’s not like I can buy new reflector pans and start anew …

  3. Heather Says:

    Yes it gets it clean!! Clean the outside of the oven first really good and anything greasy on top before hitting the clean cycle. Otherwise it will bake on the outside of your oven and is impossible to clean off. The Clean cycle usually takes 2-3 hours. It can get really smokey if you have a lot of grunge because it really burns everything off. I do mine often so it doesn’t get smokey like every other month. When the cycle is done there is gray ash inside and you just wipe with a damp cloth and you have a CLEAN oven. I love mine. Easy…peasy. For the burners…I’m not sure of anything green…You could try steel wool I suppose…

  4. Sandy Says:

    I concur with the “clean” button. But if you want an alternative…while this may not be exactly *green*, if you have any ammonia, you can pour some into a bowl and place that in your oven overnight. The fumes loosen up all the gunk, and in the morning you can just wipe it out. Wear gloves. For anything that still sticks, you can use a baking soda paste to scrub off.

    For the burners, you can use a little boiling water to loosen up the grime, then mix in some baking soda and scrub with a toothbrush. HTH!


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