Dirty Oven…..so sad

It was my New Year’s resolution….to start the year off with a clean oven. I realize it sounds a bit silly and mundane. But I cook/bake a lot and every time I open that oven I am embarrassed for myself. I recently had some friends over for a small Holiday party….and they were helping me in the kitchen—“please don’t judge me by the inside of my oven…” it was really bad. I have put it off because I can’t stand the smell. I have tried everything….finally I found something that is all natural and doesn’t smell one bit! I had to pass it on to you all….

Badly in need….so sorry little oven…
You can almost hear it crying…..
Mix up 5 T baking soda, 5 drops of Dawn, 4 T vinegar….mix into a paste. I had to mix a double batch….it was that bad….
Take out all your aggressions and go at it….coat the paste everywhere with a sponge. Close the oven and let sit for about 15 minutes….come back and scrub, and scrub, and scrub….

 I also used a lemon, cut in half and pour some salt on it….then I did a tequila shot…I joke, I joke—put a few drops of dawn on the lemon…

 Trying to get all the grease off the door was a challenge….

 Here is what it looks like now…not too bad! I promise to clean it more often so it doesn’t build up that bad again! Happy clean oven!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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12 thoughts on “Dirty Oven…..so sad

  1. janet

    I am all over this recipe..Thanks so much..I was just looking at my oven this morning..Weird..Love your blog..

  2. 1ne Proud Mama

    You should have had a tequila shot! it would have been way more fun.

    Isn't it funny how we sometimes neglect things like ovens and microwaves?

  3. banclothing

    I like to buy extra wide aluminum foil and put a piece under the element. It saves cleaning the bottom of the oven. My microwave on the other hand is looking tequila shot worthy.

  4. susan

    Found this on Pinterest and used your formula today-it works really well! Thanks!
    We have an older home with older appliances…and since we are moving later this year we are NOT replacing any of them.
    Of course, the oven is NOT self cleaning :( But this stuff did the trick!

    The tequila definitely helps ;)


  5. gabi

    I want to ask u, If you know a “secret recepie” for I can clean well my stove top, is that kind of mirror or cristal surface

  6. Mari T.

    I need to try this.. my oven is so dirty the fire-alarm went of yesterday….

    Gabi: I´ve heard about people watering out fabric softener and letting it stand over night… next day just clean it as normal and make sure all the fabric softener is gone beafore cooking. (never tried it myself thoough)

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  8. Tasha

    Thats great,but you should turn the power to the oven off. Lifting the bottom elemnet to far up while the power is on, can result in the grounding of the terminals in the rear of the oven causing a need for repair or possibly even a shock or fire, clean awy but be safe please. My husband owns an appliance repair company and has seen this first hand.

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