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Ammonia is useful in cleaning the burned on food and grease off of your oven walls and racks. This is a guide about using ammonia as an oven cleaner.
I had been using conventional oven cleaner for years and then discovered the way my granny probably cleaned hers. It's a tip for young people and some old like myself who got stuck into the habit of thinking you have to buy everything. It's the best way to clean out the oven. I think it's a no brainer to use natural ingredients in something you use to cook food. And it works so good on my oven. It even cleans and freshens the washing cloth you use to clean it with so you can reuse that again.
Thanks Janine for this recipe for cleaning my oven. I am not allowed to use harsh chemicals due to a lung disease. This recipe sounds great! Thanks for sharing it!
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I am looking for a good homemade oven cleaner for my propane stove. Any ideas?
After you have used the oven, place a dish of ammonia in there. A few hours later, wipe off the dirt.
I have a 1941 propane roper, dual ovens and 6 burners. Per the tag and original paperwork, it was made 1 day before Pearl Harbor.
My pilot light is always on, for the ovens and 2 on top for the burners. I clean mine sometimes with comet and warm water, or soft scrub and warm water. Other times, I sprinkle sea salt onto a half lemon and scrub with it.
Commercial oven cleaners and ammonia should never be used in a gas stove. We recently had a kitchen fire in a nearby town due to the woman cleaning her propane oven with a commercial oven cleaner. (there was an explosion as a result) Usually propane stoves have a pilot light and when mixed with the fumes it is not good (ammonia is used in meth labs, along with the propane burners, which is why you hear of many meth labs blowing up). Newer propane and natural gas stoves have shut offs or spark plugs. Older ones do not. There are more stoves in use that do not have shut offs than ones that do (because the old ones were made better and last longer). Even the ones that do have shut offs, don't always shut the gas off 100%. Many of your commercial oven cleaners in the cans will read not for use in gas ovens. A few, can be used, depending on their ingredients and the flashpoints of the ingredients. There are some organic cleaners that are safe. But, you would have to read the labels.
What's the best thing you can use to clean an oven?
By Janssen G from Gadsden, SC
There can be many "bests" to clean something. Need to know if you prefer homemade solution, advertized top brands, store generic., etc.
I need to remove built up fat on the stove knobs and I need a good recipe for oven cleaner.
I mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part Mr Clean (toxic green color) and spray that on your sponge or rag. Works like a charm for me. '')
Better yet, how about the MrClean magic erasers. When my mixture doesn't work on something that's what I use.
I have not idea, but be careful you don't clean too hard and erase the numbers of the oven knob. I did that, and had to buy a new one, I could have bought a new stove (not really, but close) cheaper. They wanted $45 dollars for a replacement. I ended up buying an oven thermometer ($15). And used it to mark the 200, 300, 400 etc on the knob. Use an indelible thin marker, and use the thermometer to get to the in between temps. Pain in the butt.
Do you have a recipe for homemade oven cleaner?
I do not, but when you find out, I would like to know myself.
No one will believe this, till it's tried.
Without going into (past job of selling whole house water systems) and reverse osmosis, I'll tell you one of the secrets of PURE good water - and how well it cleans anything.
Pure water (even bottled water) does not contain any of the minerals or chlorine that our spigot tap water has.
So (use bottled water/any brand, or Reverse Osmosis water for this, and you'll see, it works as well as any oven cleaner no matter how caked on the
grease and food in the oven it may be. Also works for knobs on the outside.
Lay 3-4 paper towels together on the bottom inside of your oven (any where that needs cleaned). You want to use several paper towels together
so they stay saturated longer. One paper towel on a grungy spot in the oven will dry out too fast.
For the sides: tape several paper towels together to the sides where it
Then fill a spray bottle with (bottled water) or reverse osmosis water and spray the paper towels till they're completely saturated with your "good water" (bottled), or reverse osmosis water.
Make sure you check every 30 minutes to be sure the paper towels are still saturated. They must stay wet. If they dry out, then it will take longer.
After approx 4 hours, just wipe it out using the paper towels you've sprayed. The baked on grunge and grime will lift and wipe off like you've never seen before, or imagined it could!
That's it. Don't use soap mixed with the bottled water, nothing (just the pure water).
IF you use tap water out of your spigot, this will NOT work at all. You must use either bottled water or reverse osmosis water, because bottled water is so pure, or reverse osmosis water, it will break up *anything* even a baked on mess in the oven, no matter how long it's been baked on or how bad it is.
If the oven is incredibly grungy, you might need to keep saturating the
paper towels longer.
To clean knobs, submerge them into a container filled with bottled
water. No soap.
No soap is needed till all baked on grease is completely cleaned off of
either in the inside of the oven or the knobs. Then if you want to use
soap, use it.
This is such and impressive way to clean an oven, you'll never go back
to using chemicals again for the job.
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I am looking for a quick and easy homemade oven cleaner.
Begger from Atlanta, GA
This is for electric ovens only: I've been told to put a cup of ammonia in a cold oven over night and it will wipe clean the next day. Hope it works!
If you can't find a homemade recipe and you don't have oven cleaner use Scrubbing Bubbles; it's great and doesn't have a strong smell. You can also use this on doors. (02/07/2007)
Thank you Debbie, I like this idea! I can't use oven cleaners because I have a lung disease. But the scrubbing Bubbles does not throw off a huge odor. I will try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing..
Does anyone know of any home remedies to use to clean an oven? I cooked chicken and all the grease ran off the pan to the bottom and smoked the whole house. Needless to say the oven is a mess and I don't have any oven cleaner.
Laura from Orland Hills, IL
Heat the oven; a relatively low temperature is fine. Switch off! Now put a saucer of ammonia inside and leave overnight. The next morning you should be able to clean the oven with dishwashing liquid in hot water. Also wash the shelves in hot water with ammonia added. Be sure to ventilate well. (08/27/2006)
Sprinkle baking soda inside the oven, then use a spray bottle to spritz some water. You want the baking soda slightly wet, but not too wet. Leave on for a couple of hours. Then you can scrub the oven with a scrubbie, and it will take a lot of it out. (08/30/2006)
If not too heavy and long baked on, try straight Coke overnight on "warm", like the army used to clean their ovens. This is why Coke is too strong to be drinking, catching up with folks after it's too late. (09/05/2006)