Is your oven clean? You better remove those burnt bits, otherwise your food will be flooded with carcinogens. Burnt food residues will keep burning as you turn on the oven pretty often. So, what can you do to stop this?
Don’t look for commercial oven cleaners as most of them are made with chemicals and toxins. You don’t want those irritants on your skin and eyes, right?
Opt for a natural oven cleaning product, and we strongly suggest that you try the power of baking soda and vinegar. That’s pretty much everything you need to get that oven clean. Keep reading.
Lye and ammonia are often added to oven cleaners. These can easily find their way to your bloodstream and lungs. The fumes are even worse. Every time you turn the oven on, these will end up in your lungs. Let’s not forget the fact that your cooked food will be “spiced up” with these, too. Yes, you can’t taste toxins, but they sure exist.
According to the latest research, popular oven cleaners contain poisons that cause difficulty breathing. The fumes can also cause pain and swellings in the throat. These poisons irritate your nose, eyes, ears, lips and lungs. Some say that they had vision issues, too.
In the most severe cases, customers complain of abdominal pain, especially in their stomach and intestines. Others had bloody stool, burns that damage the esophagus and even bloody vomit. Fainting, low blood pressure and damaged organs are some of the other side-effects.
Monoethanolamine (MEA), glycol ethers and alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEs) cause serious health problems, such as asthma and issues with the reproductive system. Butane, diethylene glycol monobutyl ether (found in auto care products, hair dyes and paint glosses), and sodium hydroxide (lye) are also some of the ingredients you should be aware of.
These poisons cause burns to your eyes, skin, mouth, throat and stomach if ingested. Butane is a harmful volatile substance, and causes something experts call “sudden sniffing death.” This is a cardiac arrhythmia/arrest when sufferers are stressed or do heavy workout after being exposed to butane.
Lye decomposes carcasses. Simple as that. Sodium/potassium hydroxide breaks down tissues, and is often added to household cleaners.
Self-cleaning features are a nice option, and many ovens have this mechanism. But, improper management can lead to the release of carbon monoxide. Some people even leave their comes during the self-cleaning cycle, because the teflon coating releases fumes at high temperatures. The oven is heated to 600 degrees! The fumes cause flu-like symptoms and even difficulty breathing. Keep an eye on your pet, and protect it from the poisons.
Homemade oven cleaner
- Prep time: 3 minutes
- (1 application)
- 2 tbsp Castile liquid soap
- 1 1/3 cup baking soda
- 6 drops orange essential oil
- ¼ cup organic white vinegar (apple cider vinegar works well, too)
You will also need:
- Glass bowl
- Pastry brush
- Scrub sponge
Get rid of the racks, and clean them in your sink. Combine Castile soap and baking soda in your glass bowl. Castile soap is made from pure, chemical-free ingredients. You can use it to wash your face, clean your windows and even scrub your tub. Let’s go back to the oven cleaning.
Baking soda does miracles to your oven, and offers an abrasive power to your cleaning product. Add baking soda to the washing cycle and clean your dishes with ease. Baking soda will enhance the cleaning process.
Stir in vinegar and orange essential oil, and stir until well combined. Add just enough water to get a paste-like consistency. Vinegar acts as an antibacterial agent, and will clean your household to perfection. Orange essential oil gives your cleaning product a nice scent, and offers an antibacterial and antimicrobial effect. Terpenes in orange essential oil do miracles.
Brush the resulting mixture on your oven, and make sure every bit of it is coated. Let it work for 6-8 hours or overnight. You should notice foaming reaction, but don’t be scared, it’s normal.
Take a bowl filled with water, and wipe clean the oven. Yes, you will have to fill the bowl with fresh water several times during the process.
Source: Healthy Holistic Living