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Homemade Oven Cleaner

homemade oven cleaner uk

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

Method

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

Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Where to Buy White Vinegar in Bulk

where to buy white vinegar in bulk uk

where to buy white vinegar in bulk uk

Hello!  Let’s talk vinegar – specifically, where to buy white vinegar in bulk.

You see, I go through a lot of white vinegar in our house. If I’m not cleaning with it, I’m pickling and preserving the bounty from our allotment.

Glass bottles of white vinegar can be picked up relatively cheaply from the supermarket or corner shop.  It’s around 80p for just shy of 500 ml.  And what I love is that the glass bottles are very useful.  Simply pop a spray nozzle on the bottle once you’re done and you’ve got an instant eco-friendly cleaning bottle.

The thing is, when you’re using vinegar in relatively higher quantities, the price soon adds up, and shop assistants give you funny looks when you start buying five bottles of vinegar in one transaction.  Voice of experience here.

To save money, and to save blushes, instead, I buy my white vinegar in bulk online and get it delivered to my door.

Looking to buy vinegar in bulk too?  I have found the cheapest place to purchase white vinegar in bulk – let me share my secrets with you.

Where to buy white vinegar in bulk

eBay is by far the cheapest place I’ve found to buy vinegar in bulk sizes.  Early in the New Year, I picked up 20 litres of vinegar which cost me £7.94 with free postage. That’s around 40p per litre, compared to £1.60 a litre when buying the glass bottles.  A whopping saving of £1.20 per litre.

The price tends to fluctuate on eBay – at the time of writing the average price is around £15 with free postage.  This still works out cheaper than buying from the supermarket, at this is 75p a litre, compared to that £1.60 a litre, so is still a significant saving.  Do check here* to see the current going rate.

Worried about storing 20 litres of vinegar?  Worry not, the vinegar arrives in four 5 litre cartons, which are a lot more manageable to handle and store than one 20 litre container.  To make life easier I decant the vinegar into a glass bottle to make it even easier to pour.

What Can You Use White Vinegar For?

white vinegar in bulk

Here are some of my favourite white vinegar uses:

How to make infused vinegar for cleaning with

How to make your own fabric conditioner

How to make homemade weedkiller

How to remove stains, naturally

There are also more ideas for using white vinegar to clean your home in my new book, Fresh Clean Home, packed full of green cleaning recipes for every corner of your home.  It’s out on Thursday, so do check it out.  Of course, it’s not all about vinegar – there are lots of other great ways to clean your home naturally without vinegar which I cover in the book too.

Have you found white vinegar cheaper anywhere else?  Do let me know – I love a good deal on vinegar!  Some people get excited by sales on clothes or TVs – not me, no, I get excited by sales on vinegar…!

Please note – don’t use vinegar on granite, stone, marble or similar surfaces, as it can damage the stone.