Day Four of the 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge: Clean oven, dishwasher & other appliances
To clean my oven I found a cleaning recipe from Clean Mama that used water, baking soda and castile soap. I like using Dr Woods Products Pure Almond Castile Soap with Organic Shea Butter 32 oz* as it’s typically a few bucks cheaper than Dr. Bronner’s and it still works great.
I was cleaning my oven with my kiddos around, so it was great to be able to use completely safe ingredients. No one was inhaling toxic junk. The paste worked well, but I have two suggestions to add:
- Prior to cleaning the oven, give it a quick swipe with a paper towel to get all the bigger chunks of any burned food that may be on the bottom of your oven. Otherwise you just are spreading around an even bigger mess.
- Start with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup baking soda, then adjust accordingly to get a paste. I found that starting with 1/2 cup water made it too watery.
- Place a bowl filled with vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run the cycle with the hottest water available. Nothing else should be in the dishwasher. The vinegar helps to wash away grime and remove any musty odors.
- Sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the bottom of your dishwasher. If you have bad stains, scrub with a paste of baking soda and water. (Optional: Let sit for a few hours.) Run a second cycle to wash the baking soda away. The baking soda helps to freshen up the dishwasher and remove stains.
Our microwave is broken, so I am off the hook on cleaning it. I have heard that you can clean a microwave in just a few minutes using vinegar. Basically just microwave a bowl of vinegar for a few minutes, let it sit for a few more minutes and wipe clean! The vinegar dissolves the grime. Here is a How-To.
Run your coffee maker with a mixture of half water and half vinegar. This will help to freshen up your coffee maker and remove buildup. After this cycle has completed, run your coffee maker once or twice more with just water.
If you have stainless steel appliances, I highly recommend using a Swedish dishcloth. It is the easiest, quickest chemical-free way to get streak-free appliances. You just need water and the dishcloth. There are many patterns and colors available if you look around. I have this one:
Swedish Dishcloth, Grey & Red Hens*
In case you missed the entire 30 Day Challenge schedule. Print PDF: 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge 2015
Or find updated 2016 Spring Cleaning Challenge printable here!
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