- The first step is prevention. Put a sheet of aluminum foil on the floor of the oven, underneath but not touching the heating element.
- Clean up the spill as soon as it occurs.
- While the oven is still warm, sprinkle salt or baking soda on the spill. If the spill is completely dry, wet the spill lightly before sprinkling on salt. When the oven cools, scrape away the spill and wash the area clean.
- Baking soda, water; salt, vegetable oil-based liquid soap Sprinkle water on oven bottom. Cover with baking soda. Let sit overnight. Wipe off and apply liquid soap with scouring pad. Rinse.
- Retard grease buildup in your oven by dampening your cleaning rag in vinegar and water before wiping out your oven.
- Sprinkle/spray water followed by a layer of baking soda. Rub gently with a very fine steel wool pad for tough spots. Wipe off scum with dry paper towels or sponge. Rinse well and wipe dry.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil-based liquid soap, 2 tablespoons borax: Mix
the soap and borax in a spray bottle. Fill the bottle with hot water and
shake well. Spray on oven and leave for 20 minutes. Scrub off.
- To clean exterior and interior walls, dissolve 2 tbs. baking soda in
1 qt warm water and wipe all surfaces. For stubborn spots, rub with baking
soda paste. Be sure to rinse with a clean, wet cloth. (This works well on
other enamel-finished appliances as well.)
- To clean interior fixtures, such as vegetable bins and shelves, wash
in hot soapy water, rinse well and dry.
Counter Tops/Kitchen Surfaces:
Fragrant Kitchen Rinse
Use any of the following essential oils, alone or in a combination pleasing to you.
Add 4 drops of oil to each pint of water. Pour into a spray bottle, store away cool
dark place. Use as a final rinse after cleaning kitchen surfaces.
Pots and Pans:
- Burned, and crusted on foods; Soak or boil a solution of 2 tbs. baking
soda per qt of water in each pan. Let stand until particles are loosened,
then wash as usual. Use a mild or moderate abrasive if necessary.
- To clean a greasy pan easily, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of baking soda to
the water in which it is soaking.
Copper pan cleaner:
Sprinkle surface of pans with coarse salt. Rub salt into stains with the
cut half of a fresh lemon.
To remove stains from non-stick surfaces, pour a solution of 1 cup water, 2 Tbs. baking soda into a pan, simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Do not allow mixture to boil or to boil over the side of the pan. Wash in hot soapy water, rinse and dry. Apply a light coating of cooking oil.
Baking Dishes - Enamel, Ceramic or Glass:
Soak in hot soapy water, then scour with salt or baking soda and rinse thoroughly.
- Use liquid or powdered soap instead of detergents - which are petroleum-based.
In dishwashers, use equal parts borax and washing soda.
- Use Baking soda and liquid soap
- Occasionally soak drinking glasses in a solution of vinegar and water to really get them clean. Makes them sparkle!
- When a quick dip for crystal glassware is needed, prepare a solution of baking soda in tepid-cool water (l level teaspoon to a quart) and brush with a soft toothbrush. Very good for glass coffee makers and thermos jugs too.
- Spot-free Dishwasher Rinse:
Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the rinse compartment of your automatic dishwasher. Wash dishes as usual.
To remove coffee stains from cups or counters, rub with baking soda paste.
Drain Opener and Garbage Disposal Cleaner:
For slow drains, use this drain cleaner once a week to keep drains fresh and clog-free:
1/2 to 1 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
1 gallon boiling water
1/2 a used lemon
Pour baking soda down drain/disposal, followed by vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam for several minutes before flushing the drain with boiling water.
To eliminate garbage disposal odors and clean and sharpen blades, grind ice and used lemon and/or orange rinds until pulverized.
Kitchen Safety: Fire
- Emergency fire extinguisher: if a greasy pan catches on fire, turn the heat off and try to cover the pan.
- Sprinkle powdered baking soda over the fire. (Fill a large coffee can with baking soda and keep it near the stove.
- An oven fire is easily extinguished by closing the door after shutting off the heat.