Tips and tricks for dirty household deeds

Don’t let a smelly stove ruin dinner. Photo cred fo.ol on Flickr.

Whether you are a culinary genius or just top dog of TV dinners, messes in the oven are inevitable.

When meals go overboard, your first instinct might be to grab a chemical-laden cleaner – but these can be toxic. Instead of scrubbing your oven down with a product that contains corrosive ingredients: consider more natural alternatives for tackling these common types of messes:

Burnt-on food: When food particles won’t budge, try sprinkling baking soda on the affected area followed with a light spray of water. Let the solution sit overnight and scrub with a strong bristled brush in the morning.

Grease: Tackle grease on grates and oven walls with natural-based dishwashing liquid. Mix the soap with nine parts water and scrub in a circular motion to lift grease from the surface.

Smells: If your oven emits unpleasant odors, squeeze two lemons into a baking dish filled with an inch of water. Place the dish in the oven and bake it for roughly 30 minutes at 250 degrees. The smell of scorched food will magically disappear.

Residue: To remove the cloudy residue that builds up on oven windows, mix lemon juice and baking soda together until you have a thick paste and scrub the door in a circular motion. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes, wipe it away and showcase your crystal clear glass.

Self-cleaning: If you have a real mess on your hands, don’t be afraid to use your oven’s self-cleaning function. This will heat up your oven to about 900 degrees, burning off anything that has been caked on. *Make sure to remove all drip pans, grates, coils and anything on the inside of the oven, as well as the drawer from underneath, before you self-clean it.

To avoid messes altogether, place dishes on baking sheets to catch any spills. Lining the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil also makes minor spills quick and easy to clean.

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