Clean While You Sleep: The Oven

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Continuing with the series we started last week… we’ve got another way to help you get your house in perfect shine condition while you sleep. Today the dreaded oven mess! We’ve posted a recipe for cleaning the oven in the past but this one has slightly different ingredients and should only involve about 10-15 minutes of actual work time. Adapted from the handy little book, Naturally Clean Home, here is your recipe!


  • 1 cup water divided (1/4 cup, 1/4 cup, & 1/2 cup)
  • 10 drops of sweet orange, lemon, or rosemary essential oil. We are partial to lemon!
  • 1/2 cup salt divided in half(Morton works well here)
  • 1 1/4 cup baking soda (1/2 cup & 3/4 cup)
  • 2 tsp liquid castile soap. The citrus scent of Dr. Bronner’s works great!
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 empty spray bottle


  1. Block the vents in the floor of the oven with aluminum foil. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F for 15 minutes. The turn the oven off and leave the door open.
  2. While the oven is preheating, mix 1/4 cup water with the essential oil in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray this mixture onto the oven floor.
  3. Combine 1/4 cup salt and 1/2 cup baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture on the oven floor. Be generous with the mixture on areas covered with spilled food.
  4. Mix 1/4 cup water, 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt, and castile soap. Mix well in a glass bowl and spread the mixture on the oven walls.
  5. Carefully remove the aluminum foil from the vents and let this mixture sit overnight. Go to bed happy you aren’t scrubbing!
  6. Wake up refreshed, knowing that your home is not full of harsh cleaning chemicals! Combine 1/2 cup water with the vinegar in an empty spray bottle. Generously spray the oven walls and floor with this mixture. Wipe the walls and floors of your oven well (use fine steel wool on stubborn spots).
  7. Rinse your oven several times (with a damp rag) to remove all the residue.

So there you have it, another way to get your home a little cleaner mostly while you sleep! How do you usually clean your ovens?


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