How often do you think about cleaning your oven? Probably every time you preheat it and smell the casserole that bubbled over 3 months ago. Trails of smoke waft through the air and so again you throw some more baking soda on the heaping pile until you get a chance to clean it, later. So, there goes another day of old petrified food becoming one with your oven.

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We loathe cleaning our oven because it’s so dang difficult.

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We know we’re going to be wrestling with the caked-on, baked-on food and grease that spilled and sprayed everywhere. Oven cleaners are highly toxic to the lungs, caustic, and corrosive. The self-cleaning option scares the living daylights out of me. The oven reaches about 800-900 degrees to burn off and turn leftover food to ash all the while emitting unpleasant odors and possibly carbon monoxide. Uh, no thank you!

Is there a safer, more natural way to tackle this obnoxious chore? YES! My family knows the answer to every dilemma in our home (aside from Jesus 😉 is either essential oils or Thieves! When I tried (to no avail) to get the stubborn, spattered grease off the inside of my oven glass door, my daughter said, “mom, what about Lemon oil?” (smack my forehead!) Of course! Lemon works on EVERYTHING! From the occasional pesky pimple to flavoring my water, of course Lemon is up to the task. 

The Solution:

  • Make a paste with 1/8 cup baking soda, 1 tsp. Thieves Household Cleaner (THC), and 10 drops of Lemon essential oil.
  • Remove metal racks from oven.
  • Spray the inside of oven and door with Thieves Multipurpose Cleaner (1 capful THC + 2-3 cups of water in spray bottle) Do not spray heating coils or inside of fan.
  • With a sponge or cloth rub cleaning paste all over the inside of oven and door. During this step I only slightly scrubbed, not much though.
  • Leave it. Let it sit overnight or all day.
  • Wipe clean with warm, wet wash rag or cloth. This was the most satisfying step for me because it came clean without any effort. 
  • If the inside of your oven door is still greasy, grab your Lemon oil and pour several drops all over the glass.
  • With your fingers, spread the Lemon oil all over the glass and let sit for at at least 10 minutes, more if heavily soiled.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the glass.
  • Wipe clean with a warm, wet sponge or cloth.

Oven Cleaning Paste

  • 1/8 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • In a glass bowl combine ingredients and mix until you have a nice paste.

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