It’s very important that we start thinking about alternatives to the harmful chemicals we use in our homes.  The EPA has determined “…..indoor air pollution in people’s homes to be 2 to 5 times more dangerous than outdoor air pollution.  And, chemical based cleaning products were mostly to blame.”

I will be researching this topic and posting to this page when I find alternatives to harmful cleaners.  Most of the alternatives require more work, a little more “elbow grease” but we are talking about the health of our grandchildren, and we all know that we would go to the ends of the earth to keep them safe.

Oven cleaners are one of the most toxic products that we use.  They contain lye and ammonia.   But,  I have finally  found a non-toxic formula for cleaning my oven, and this one works!

Mix 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup washing soda (found in laundry aisles), 1 teaspoon dish soap, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar.  (You can thin it with a bit of water if necessary).  Wearing gloves, scour the oven’s interior with a scrubber, rag and hot water to remove crust that hasn’t yet stuck solid.  Apply paste thickly to all sides of the oven and leave overnight.  In the morning, put gloves on and scrub, wiping with a wet cloth until all traces are gone.

Paste recipe found in Whole Living Magazine, Nov. 2010

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