The self-cleaning option on ovens can take its toll—the high temperatures have been known to cause fuses to pop and control panels to burn out. And popular commercial oven cleaners warn of inhaling fumes and possible eye and skin irritation. And then there’s the unpleasant residual smell the next time you use the oven. Here is a nontoxic do-it-yourself formula that gets the job done…

This homemade solution comes from a woman with asthma who refuses to risk using a cleaner that may be detrimental to her health. Blend two cups of baking soda, one cup of distilled white vinegar and one-half cup of liquid dish detergent (Dawn is her choice). Pat a thick coat of the mixture on the entire inside of the oven, including the door. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then with a damp rag, microfiber cloth or sponge, wipe the oven clean. If the oven has been neglected for some time, it may take some elbow grease to make it spotless and/or you may have to repeat the process a second time.

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