Oven is the spirit of your kitchen. If that spirit is spoiled by some demon (grime & grease) heal that spirit by lemon. Are you thinking I’m kidding? Oh no, it’s real true, believe me. Lemon has some magical power of cleaning dirt, especially over oil and grease. The reason behind this is nothing but the chemical compound of lemon juice.
Lemon is a citrus fruit that contains citric acid, and citric acid kills bacteria, mold, and mildew, it’s great for general disinfecting and cleaning and works well over the stain. Since lemon juice contains 5% to 8% citric acid (per PubChem), their acidic pH helps dissolve grease, gunk and baked-on messes, that’s why it is too often used in green cleaning.
This natural and organic cleaner and disinfectant is a boon to us, and it’s readily available to almost everywhere with affordable price.
This natural degreaser works well in oven cleaning especially microwave oven cleaning. Sometimes two ordinary size lemon juices is quite enough to clean an oven with a slight effort. Probably no other cleaner could do the same as economically as lemon does. It is a natural deodorizer too, all other oven cleaning method of using baking soda & vinegar, ammonia or pyrolytic self-cleaning option may require artificial deodorizer while lemon cleaning does both the task of cleaning and deodorizing alone. Though the title o is cleaning with lemon juice you can use any citrus fruit instead of lemon, like you can substitute lemon with orange juice or similar citrus fruit juice.
All we need with us in this cleaning process is:
- Baking soda (if you do lemon-baking soda cleaning)
- Vinegar (if you do lemon-vinegar cleaning)
- 2 lemon
- Cutting board and knife
- Hand gloves or rubber gloves (not mandatory like other cleaning process)
- A spray bottle
- A sponge or cleaning cloth
- A flat-edged scraper or spatula
- Paper towels
- Bucket or bowl
- Vacuum cleaner (optional)
Steps of cleaning chores:
Now let’s start your action of cleaning oven with all-natural lemon juice. It will take a series of steps which is discussed below:
Step 1: Wipe off grime and grease from oven interior before every cleaning of an oven it is a prerequisite to wipe off all the food particles, burnt out residue dripping of grim and grease with a clean towel as much as possible. Even you can use a scratch-free flat-edged spatula to work over stubborn stains with a little bit extra effort but don’t show off your muscle power, preserve it for some other muscle mania.
Step 2: Make the DIY (do it yourself) lemon water-based cleaner
Take two lemons and cut them into half and squeeze the juice out by a juicer or by hand (if you don’t have any manual or automatic juicer). Take all the juices into a baking dish and fill it 1/3rd with water, don’t hesitate to put the squeezed lemon skin into the lemon water mixture. Luckily you need not dislodge the oven rack or other removable since the lemon juice and the vapor will soften and loosen the dirt and grease on them, at the same time you can clean them along with oven interior cleaning.
Step 3: Bake the lemon-juice dish for 30 minutes at250 °Fahrenheit (121 °Celsius)
Now preheat your oven and place the DIY (do it yourself) lemon water mixed baking dish inside the oven on one of the oven racks. Set the temperature 250 °Fahrenheit (121 °Celsius) and set the timer for 30 minutes at least and bake it. Then just sit back and relax for a while. If your oven smoke during this baking don’t be frightened since it’s normal, just turn on your oven fan or open ventilation to drive the smoke away.
Step 4: Cool the oven and scrub away grime and grease
Once your 30 minutes up remove the dish and let the oven cool down to room temperature or cool it in a state when you can handle it safely. After the oven has been cooled off dislodge the oven racks and other removable from oven inside and use a scouring pad to scrub away the dirt and grease if some stains are too sticky use a no-scratch flat-edged spatula to remove clump or stain. Use the remaining lemon water to rinse the dirt and grease from the oven interior wall with a cloth damped into it, simply dip your cloth into lemon water and scrub it repeatedly.
Step 5: Dry the oven off with a towel, and then replace the oven racks.
Once you’ve cleaned away all the dirt and grease, take a clean towel and wipe down the interior of the oven with a sponge and dry cloth. If you come across any areas that are still dirty or sticky spend few minutes to scrub them again with your scouring pad.
Step 5: Clean the oven glass door
Now clean the oven glass door inside and outside with the remaining lemon water with a soft linen cloth with a single stroke in one side and repeat the action until it’s completely clean. Now your oven is neat and clean completely and shiny like the first day.
Alternative oven cleaning methods with lemon
Lemon juice cleaning in oven could action either solo or in combination with other natural cleaning agent to expedite its action, few among these are,
- Cleaning oven with lemon, vinegar and baking soda or any two combination
Lemon-Baking soda-vinegar cleaning could be in precisely the harmonious combination of three eco cleaner, lemon juice has citric acid whose pH helps dissolve grease, gunk and baked-on messes and deodorizes naturally while baking soda has mild but effective scrubbing power, vinegar on the other hand is a mild acid of acetic acid, its acidic pH allows it to break down alkaline or basic substances that soils home equipment.
Now in action, just sprinkle small pinch of baking soda onto the surface of oven bottom and dust some to the side walls and upper walls of oven interior and oven door and then cut a lemon in half, and use the cut side to scrub the surfaces to clean the oven. Or, mix two parts white vinegar to one part lemon juice and spray or sprinkle it onto the bottom of the oven. Let it sit for about five to ten minutes, then sprinkle on a liberal amount of baking soda and leave for another ten minutes. Most of the mess will gently wipe right out almost without scrubbing if still some stains or remains just repeat the action to the affected area or take help of some commercial cleaner if all attempts is futile. You can put some coarse salt for extra scrubbing power.
Tips, Tricks and Safety
- Spread some old newspapers or rags or towels close to the oven since cleaning detergent and water spillover can make the area wet and vulnerable to slip. You will also get rid of untidiness since you can throw out the paper after cleaning or wash the rags or towels separately.
- If you use your oven too frequently then set a reminder to clean it monthly, but if you use hardly few times monthly then you can plan to clean it at best every after 3-4 months.