If you’d like to know how to clean your oven, stove top, pots, pans and even your glass cook top for less than $1 – you’ve come to the right place. It’s super easy, super simple and super cheap!

 

Two winters ago my husband and I were living in a studio apartment outside of Bigfork, Montana. I loved that place. It had top-of-the-line appliances, unique hard word floors, granite counter tops and a gorgeous view of the mountains.

However, after only a few months of living their we happily discovered we were pregnant! Right away we started looking for a new place because wanted to have a shorter commute to work, actual bedrooms and our own washer and dryer (which you know is a must-have with a newborn.)

It didn’t take very long before we found a  bigger place to move into. Well, you know what that means – cleaning everything.  As you know, I love to cook so you can imagine how the oven looked.  Even though I’ve never been a fan of chemical cleaners the one thing I did use was oven-cleaner when I moved out of my college apartment.

Do you know how toxic oven cleaner is?!

-“Conventional oven cleaners can contain substantial amounts of sodium or potassium hydroxide, meant to dissolve crusty, baked-on gunk. These chemicals can also burn skin, lungs and eyes

-Fume-free oven Cleaner. Though claiming to be “fume-free,” the label warns: “Vapor harmful… open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying.” The label says the product contains an unidentified substance “known to the state of California to cause cancer.”

 Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org)

 

Um, no thank you! Even if I wasn’t pregnant I wasn’t going to get anywhere near that crap!

Thankfully, I remembered a recipe I had read about a few years back on how to make a paste out of baking soda and water. Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to work – but I figured why not give it a go?

I mixed a couple tablespoons of baking soda with enough water to make a thick paste. I spread it all over the inside of the oven and let it sit overnight. The next day I scrapped the baking soda off and wiped down the inside of the oven. And guess what? It worked! How incredibly simple that was!

It took just as much effort as it would have using a commercial oven cleaner and I didn’t have to wear gloves or worry about toxic fumes that could potentially harm myself or my unborn child. That’s a win-win to me!

Not only will it clean your oven but it also leaves glass cook-tops sparkly clean – and in my opinion works way better than store bought cook-top cleaner. It cleans the cooked-on grime off pots and pans, stove-tops and just about anywhere you could think of. It’s safe on most surfaces just test a small spot first, if you’re worried.

Here is the “recipe” in case you skipped down to the bottom of the page looking for it.  🙂

All-Purpose Cleaning Paste

 

What you need:

  • baking soda
  • water

Mix one or more tablespoons of baking soda with enough water to form a paste. (Only mix the amount you think you’ll need for your cleaning task.) It won’t take much water so be careful. If it’s too thin just add a little more baking soda. Put some of the paste on whatever you’re cleaning and rub it in with your fingers or a sponge then wipe clean.Viola! There you have it! Simple. Easy. Cheap.

*For cleaning your oven follow the steps above but allow it to set overnight before wiping it down.*

 

If you haven’t bought a box of baking soda in a while you can usually get one for under a dollar. The other day, I bought a small box of baking soda at Target on sale for $0.68!

 

 

Please share with your friends and let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever tried this technique before.