I found this recipe for cleaning your oven without harsh poisons: Make Your Own Inexpensive Natural Oven Cleaner
So, I'm giving it a try on our nasty oven and broiler. I love using the broiler, but it was starting to 'smoke', it had gotten so filthy!
Following the directions, I got together all the ingredients.
1 Tablespoon Dr. Bronner's liquid Peppermint Castile Soap
1 1/2 cup baking soda
2-4 drops lavender essential oil (you can use any scent you like, or none at all)
1/4 cup organic white vinegar (you can also use apple cider vinegar)
Water, as needed to make a “paintable” but thick paste
Well, I think it worked pretty well since the oven and broiler were so filthy to begin with. I left most of it overnight. It may take a couple more pastings to get the oven door and the shelves really clean, though. And, there are still a few areas on the broiler pan to work on. But, I am happy with it. I'll use this recipe again.