Is Your Oven Dirty?
Easy Alternative Way to Clean Your Electric Oven…
After having such great success with using ammonia fumes to clean the grates of my grill and stove top, I decided that using a similar method to clean the inside of my oven would be worth a shot. (This method is not recommended for gas ovens.)
The ladies at Made from Pinterest tried a baking soda/vinegar method and this ammonia method. They report that the ammonia method won hands down! Store-bought oven cleaners can cost more and are full of chemicals. Plus, an oven repairman told a friend of mine that the self-clean feature on ovens can be hard on the oven itself and shorten the life of it in the long run. Is this true? I’m not sure, but I suppose it makes sense because that method uses such high temperatures for an extended time.
Anyway, I recently needed to clean a rental home before we moved out and found it to be the perfect opportunity to try cleaning the oven with ammonia fumes. As you might deduce from the pictures, I hadn’t cleaned it for a long while. 😉
Preheat the oven to 200, then turn it off. Place the ammonia and boiling water in separate heat-safe dishes in the oven. Close the door and let the fumes do the work overnight, or for 8-12 hours. Some fumes will escape the oven, so if possible, open some nearby windows to ventilate the area.
When you come back to it, you should be able to wipe most of it clean with just a hot, wet scrub sponge. It worked pretty well for me! There were a few spots that required a bit of scrubbing, but most of the gunk came off with ease.
They suggested sprinkling baking soda onto the hot, wet sponge before wiping. But from my experience, I don’t think the baking soda helped a whole lot and I had to wipe over the surface again with water to get rid of the film left behind. So, I just did it without the baking soda.
Overall, I would definitely do it this way again on an electric oven and recommend it to others.
You can find ammonia at many stores in the cleaning supplies aisle, 64-fl oz jug for only $1.12 at my Walmart. Don’t want to run to Walmart? Snag some from Amazon!
I hope you have similarly great results with this easy and inexpensive way to clean the oven!
- Preheat electric oven to 200 degrees F, then turn off.
- Add 1 to 2 cups ammonia to a heat-safe glass dish and set on the middle rack in the oven.
- In a separate dish, fill with about 2 cups boiling water and set on bottom rack.
- Shut the oven door and leave overnight.
- The next morning, remove the dishes and wipe down the inside with a hot wet sponge.
If you have a gas oven, you can still try this method, but you will need to turn off the pilot light, make sure it is out and the gas has been turned off.
For safety precautions, wear rubber gloves and safety glasses when working with ammonia. You don’t want it to splash up into your eyes! The Poison Control Center recommends disposing your ammonia down a sink where there is plenty of ventilation, such as a garage sink. If you do not have a garage sink, they recommend opening a window near the sink you are using for 10-15 minutes.
Never mix ammonia with other strong cleaning agents, such as bleach or oven cleaners.
Household ammonia cleaning solutions usually have between 5 -10% ammonia. If you store and use the proper safety precautions with household ammonia, it can be used WITHOUT any toxic effects.
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