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Cleaning your oven what a necessary evil

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Cleaning your oven what a necessary evil. This is the one task that most of us do not want to do but it is a necessary evil which we cannot wish away. As bakers we see everyone enjoying the baking and in the back of your mind hang that cleaning the oven job.
Well some have mastered the art of delegating or is it compromises or in my case June instructing me to clean the oven or noooo cake for me. Then looking at my size and my sweet tooth all those that know me know I am the sucker that will clean for the privilege to taste all the nice things coming out of that oven.
Whether you bake occasionally or make large meals every night, it’s unrealistic to keep the oven perfectly clean all of the time. Lucky for me June understands this. Sure, you do your best to clean up small messes as they happen, but ovens need a really deep and thorough cleaning periodically. That is where I perfected delegating to the kids.
So to keep the task from becoming too overwhelming, here are some oven-cleaning hacks to rid your oven of built-up dirt and grease—or even just a simple spill.

1 Baking Soda and Vinegar – the natural way to do the quick clean
If your oven is dirty and you don’t have a bottle of oven cleaner on hand, or simply prefer an entirely natural solution, try using a combination of vinegar and baking soda. It is suggested to mix one-half cup of baking soda with water to create a paste. Next, spread the paste all over the bottom of the oven, the side walls, and the inside of the glass oven door but avoid the heating elements.
Leave the mixture on for at least of two hours or overnight. Then take a spray bottle, fill it half with water and half with white vinegar and spray it all over the baking soda. The acid in the vinegar will then react with the baking soda, causing it to foam. This action helps to remove the burnt-on food stains from the oven.
After leaving that on for another 30 minutes, use a rubber spatula (if necessary) and rag to remove the baking soda mixture. Finish by wiping everything down with a damp cloth.
That is an easy hack and I have a good night’s rest to boot.

2. Steam Clean Your Oven With Vinegar
Another way is to steam clean the oven using hot water and vinegar for an easy oven-cleaning hack. The mixture absorb into the grime and soften it, making it much more easily to clean away with a cloth.
Start by boiling one-third of a pot of water on the stove. Once it starts boiling, add an equal amount of white vinegar. Allow it to boil for another 30 seconds or so.
Next, remove the pot from the stove, place it inside the oven on the rack, and close the oven door. Don’t turn the oven on but allow the pot to sit for 45 to 60 minutes. Once you open the door, you can start cleaning. Wipe the surface down with a soapy cloth. The grime comes off much easier than it would if you simply tried to scrub it.
I have not tested this method but it seems an easy way to maintain the cleanliness of the oven specially when there are not too much dirt and grime. It seems this hack is doable as a maintenance job before the big clean.

3. Use Water and Lemons
According to an oven-cleaning expert a little bit of water and two lemons is all you need to get your oven clean. Grab a pan, fill it with water, and add the juice of two lemons. You can also add the lemon halves in the pan.
Then put the pan in the oven and turn it on. Make sure you let the water boil before you take the pan out. The steam will loosen the grime and grease inside your oven and will help you remove it more easily. Be sure to let the oven cool before wiping it down with a damp cloth.
So 2 and 3 are more or less the same but still useful, easy and cheap to clean the oven as a maintenance cleansing.

4. Always Start by Vacuuming
My last hack and maybe the most important one is vacuuming.
No matter what method you choose to clean your oven, start by vacuuming out the dirt, crumbs, and debris. You can use the vacuum hose, or if that feels too powerful, try the crevice attachment.. .
And so we vacuum the oven (mind you make sure it is cooled down ha ha). Getting rid of the loose crumbs with the vacuum really helps with the cleaning process whether it is a quick maintenance clean or a major clean try this it really save time.

Well there you have it our oven cleaning hacks that help.
A suggestion is that while August is women month get the hubbies, boyfriends and sons to do the major clean of the oven. Once they show they can it can become a task for them.
Ouch just shot myself in the foot and I can hear my buddies, son and son in law complaining. Come on guys man up and clean that oven you enjoy the spoils coming from it every day.
I am sure most of you ladies can see me running and ducking the eggs, tomatoes and golf balls thrown at me. I will take it on the chin but only because its women’s month and maybe cause I am a little scared of June. Love u June.

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