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New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - GREEN GODDESS - Do you have a ques­tion or a tip for Wendyl? Email her at nzww@bauer­me­dia.co.nz with the sub­ject line “Wendyl”.

Dear Wendyl,

Do you have an oven-clean­ing recipe? I hate clean­ing the oven and al­ways get a headache when us­ing oven clean­ers from the store. Hope­fully you have some­thing with not too many chem­i­cals? Thanks, Jane

Clean­ing your oven with a com­mer­cial cleaner is po­ten­tially one of the most toxic things we do in our homes. Yet a mix of bak­ing soda and soda ash 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 wash­ing soda can be caus­tic. OVEN CLEANER

Mix to­gether 1 cup each of soda ash and bak­ing soda. Sprin­kle in 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, then 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, then scrub­bing un­til all the grime has gone. * Soda ash can be bought on­line or use wash­ing soda.

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