Green Goddess: Oven cleaner

Long Lunch 31/07/2018
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Green Goddess by Wendyl Nissen.

Everyone also knows the headache caused by using an oven cleaner, which contains some of the most toxic chemicals known to man. So why use it? Here are my Green Goddess recipes for oven and microwave cleaners.

Oven Cleaner:
Cleaning ovens is potentially one of the most toxic things we do in our homes, yet a mix of baking soda and washing soda can do the job for you. You won’t get a headache from the fumes, or be polluting your house. But do wear rubber gloves as the washing soda can be quite tough on the hands.

1 cup washing soda
1 cup baking soda
vinegar (optional)

Mix together washing soda and baking soda. Sprinkle the bottom of the oven to cover. Spray with water until very damp, and keep moist by spraying every few hours. Let set overnight. In the morning scoop it all up, along with the grime, and rinse. If your oven is in a really bad way and has a lot of baked-on grime and grease, you may need to pour some vinegar over the washing soda. Let it fizz for 10 minutes then scrub with steel wool. Keep applying both the washing soda and the vinegar and scrubbing until all the grime has gone.

Microwave cleaner:      
I don’t own a microwave because I have read that the method of heating and cooking food actually kills any goodness in it. Do some research and see if you agree with me. In the meantime, this is a great and simple way to clean your microwave out.

1 tsp baking soda
hot water

Dissolve baking soda in a bowl of hot water. Place bowl in microwave and run it on high for five minutes. Wipe the walls clean.

Note: To clean the glass door, pour some malt vinegar onto a rag and rub. I’ve tried this with both malt and white vinegar and the malt does a better job. Don’t ask me why. Scrub any tough spots with a bit of baking soda.

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