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Homemade Oven Cleaner

Hello!  Today I wanted to share a recipe from Fresh Clean Home – my homemade oven cleaner.

This time last year I barely came up for air as I beavered away on writing the book.  Honestly, ask me what happened in May last year and I cannot tell you, aside from busying away in my kitchen and on my laptop, so it’s a huge relief that precisely 365 days later I can share the fruits of my labour with you!

Anway, back to the oven!  I really like my homemade oven cleaner recipe because no noxious fumes come off it.  It was recently reported that regular use of cleaning sprays has an impact on your lung health, comparable with smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.  My clean green oven cleaning gel has none of that nastiness, but all of the effectiveness.

The best part?  You can pick up all of the ingredients (mostly from the baking aisle!) next time you’re at the supermarket!

Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipe

from Fresh Clean Home

Is cleaning the oven your least favourite job?  Mine, too, my friend, mine, too.  I shan’t admit how often I clean my oven (you might judge me), but let’s just say it’s not as often as I should.

For me, the big problem is that I find the caustic fumes from conventional oven cleaners overwhelming.  Instead, I’ve come up with this oven-cleaning gel that does the trick without the noxious atmosphere.  The gel ensures the cleaner clings to the sides of your oven overnight, allowing the soda crystals to really get in and help dissolve the cooked-on grease and grime.  The result is a clean oven without the chemical stench.

homemade oven cleaner uk

Photography for Fresh Clean Home by Rachel Whiting

You Will Need:

1 teaspoon xanthan gum (buy it from the baking section of the supermarket or health food store)
2 teaspoons glycerine (again, but it from the baking section of the supermarket)
2 teaspoons washing-up liquid
300ml just-boiled water
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons soda crystals (find it in the cleaning aisle of the supermarket)

Makes: a single use gel

Use: immediately


Put the xanthan gum and glycerine in a large bowl and stir well to fully combine. Add the washing-up liquid and stir again.

Put the just-boiled water in a jug and add the salt and soda crystals. Stir until the crystals dissolve.

Pour the warm solution into the bowl with the xanthan gum mixture and use a hand-held blender to pulse for 1 minute, until fully combined.

To Use

Switch off your oven at the socket and remove the racks from the inside.  Wearing rubber gloves, use a sponge or scrubbing brush to apply the gel liberally to the surfaces of your oven, including the door.

You can also use the homemade oven cleaner on your oven racks and trays, too, if you like.

Leave the gel on overnight, then in the morning, again wearing rubber gloves, use a scrubbing brush to give your oven a thorough clean.  If burnt-on spots remain, sprinkle over some bicarbonate of soda to give you some extra scouring power.

When you’re satisfied, wipe the oven down with a clean, damp cloth, rinsing the cloth in fresh water as necessary.

Warning: Do not use on aluminium surfaces.

Fresh Clean Home, packed full of natural cleaning recipes for every corner of your home, is available now through your local bookshop or via online sellers.  You can buy it here:

Amazon / Foyles / Hive / The Telegraph / Waterstones / Wordery

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Hello!  How are you?  We are in the midst of some pretty major home renovations.  In a couple of days, all the walls of our upstairs are being pulled down, so we have spent the last little while stripping wallpaper and moving every single item from upstairs and trying to fit it downstairs in some kind of Tetris style game, but one that is the exact polar opposite of fun.

Because we’re on a pretty tight budget for the renovations, we’ve decided to stay in the house whilst the works are going on.  This means we are going to be sleeping in the living room for the foreseeable future, which is going to be fun…  We have spent the last three years sleeping in a bedroom with a threadbare ancient carpet, a big hole in the wall and no insulation so I just keep telling myself it’s all going to be worthwhile, but it’s not making the prospect of camping in the living room for an undisclosed amount of time any more appealing.

This week’s links:

1.  First off, it’s time to celebrate!  The EU this week agreed to a total ban on bee-harming pesticides!

2.  Don’t fall for Shell’s pop star PR.

3  To add to the list of cool things I never knew before: trees may have a heartbeat so slow that we never noticed it.

4.  Change is possible, and the results can be incredible.

5.  It’s tough to be a sustainable dairy farmer.  A sobering tale of how tough it is to produce sustainable, kind milk.

6.  Relatedly, I saw this milk vending machine on TV the other night and now all I can think is how amazing it would be to have them all over the country.

7.  Why having just 33 items of clothing could mean you have more to wear.  I don’t know about you but I feel I need to memorise this part:

You are not – and I say this from experience – a travelling mime company and you do not need seven black-and-white striped T-shirts“.

8.  In unexpectedly progressive news, all primary schools in Edinburgh will now be meat-free on Mondays.  I did not see this coming, but it’s very warmly welcomed!

9.  Would you put your jeans in the freezer instead of washing them?

10.  Finally, this video on chickens that have been introduced to a nursing home to combat loneliness was the best thing I watched this week.

Have a good weekend!  Posting will be light until our house resumes some level of normality, so do bear with me!  I will share photos once we’re done!