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  • October 20, 2023 4 min read

    Reluctant to clean your oven due to the noxious fumes of toxic cleaners or the energy-wasting self-clean function? We get it. However, maintaining a clean oven and stovetop is crucial for fire prevention, indoor air quality, and ease of cooking. Discover a natural, non-toxic approach using Cleanz and other eco-friendly products in this article.

    No one enjoys oven cleaning, which is why most of us put it off. However, with just a couple of products, a little easy scrubbing, and some time, you can get your oven sparkling clean without the toxins. 

    Note: Some self-cleaning ovens have a surface that can be damaged by cleaning products. Make sure you check manufacturer instructions to see if your self-cleaning oven can be cleaned manually. This step is especially important to make sure that our non-toxic oven cleaning method would be suitable for the finish on your appliances!

    Why is it necessary to use Non Toxic Cleaning Products

    Multiple studies have highlighted the severe health risks associated with the use of conventional chemical-based cleaners, including laundry products, which include:

    • Poisoning leading to hospitalization and death
    • Blindness
    • Cancer
    • Respiratory issues like asthma and obstructive diseases
    • Skin problems
    • Chemical burns
    • Developmental disorders
    • Increased miscarriage and fetal death rates
    • Congenital deformities
    • Fertility problems
    • Hormone disruption
    • Liver and kidney damage
    • Behavioral issues
    • Headaches/migraines
    • Disruption of the microbiome
    • Suppressed immunity
    • Obesity

    You might think that harsh chemicals are necessary for tasks like oven cleaning, but that's a misconception. Chemicals in oven cleaners, like caustic soda (potassium hydroxide), sodium hydroxide, and esters, are some of the harshest and most dangerous chemicals available.

    For instance, a 2017 study titled "Toxicity resulting from exposure to oven cleaners" found:

    • 96% of products in reported exposures contained sodium hydroxide and/or potassium hydroxide.
    • 95% of patients were exposed through inhalation.
    • 94% were exposed dermally.
    • 85% reported eye exposure.
    • Shockingly, 182 patients ingested food contaminated with oven cleaner.
    • Over 71% of those exposed to chemical-based oven cleaners experienced toxicity symptoms.

    While the government and industry should do more to regulate these dangerous chemicals, they haven't. Therefore, it's up to us to become advocates by using common sense and research.

    This information should make us think twice about using chemical-based oven cleaners in our homes. Fortunately, there are safer and more effective non-toxic alternatives using everyday pantry staples. Ready to ditch the toxic cleaners? Let's explore non-toxic alternatives for your oven and stovetop.

    What you'll need for Non-Toxic Oven Cleaning

    Tools required:

    • Cleanz All Purpose Spray
    • Cleanz Oxy Soak
    • Microfibre cloths
    • Scrubbing brush
    • Dry Rags or Paper towels

    Ovens:

    How to:

    Preheat oven and remove racks

    • Remove oven racks and set them aside
    • Preheat the oven at the lowest temperature (not over 100 degrees) for a few minutes then turn it off.
    • Preheating will help loosen up baked-on grease and grime and prep the oven for cleaning.

    Spray Oven Walls with All Purpose

    • Spray liberally with All Purpose
    • For burnt areas mix some Oxy Soak with water and scrub onto the stubborn parts. Spray with All Purpose and agitate with brush until soapy.
    • Leave for 15 minutes, apply more spray and scrub with brush.

    Dry

    • Use a paper towel or rag to wipe down and dry the walls and door. If there is still residue, try applying a little more All Purpose and scrub it off using a non-scratch sponge or brush.
    • Dry with a paper towel or rag.

    Clean Racks

    • Spray racks with All Purpose
    • Let dwell for 5-10 mins then scrub them clean with a brush.
    • If your racks are really dirty it helps to spray them down and let them dwell for a few hours or overnight.

    Repeat if required

    If you oven hasn't been cleaned in a while, it may be necessary to to repeat the process. However once its clean it will be much easer to maintain.

    It really is worth having an clean over without reverting to the nasty chemicals that are found in other oven cleaning products.  Remember your food will be subjected to those chemicals.

    Stove tops:

    How to:

    • Spray with All Purpose
    • Let the product sit for a least 20 seconds
    • Wipe with a microfibre cloth

    For hard to remove baked on food:

    • Spray with All Purpose
    • Sprinkle Oxy Soak on top of the spray
    • Spray again to wet the Oxy Soak
    • Let them sit for 10 minutes
    • Scrub clean

    Other non toxic ways to clean your oven or stovetop

    Here are some excellent natural alternatives for cleaning your oven and stove when you don't have Cleanz products:

    • Baking Soda: Create a paste with water and scrub it onto your oven to eliminate grease and grime. For added cleaning power, spray distilled white vinegar on top to generate a natural foam. 
    • Allow it to sit based on the level of soil, then wipe clean. You can also use a baking soda and water paste to gently scour cooked food residue from stoves and cooktops. Online DIY recipes often combine baking soda with castile soap for effective oven and stovetop cleaning.
    • Distilled White Vinegar: When combined with baking soda, white vinegar is highly effective at cleaning ovens. It can be used at full strength or diluted with water (50:50) to clean stovetops, countertops, and more.

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