Vinegar, Apple Pie, and Pinterest

apple pie

 This is the story of a beautiful apple pie-the apple pie shown above. Quite possibly one of the tastiest, most wonderful, most beautiful apple pies I have ever seen-and I made it with my hubby! (here’s the om nom nom delish Apple Pie Recipe)

Orchard Apples

The *only* problem with this most delicious pie was that I used “non-baking” apples for it (we had a bunch of juicy ones from the orchard)…..I was unaware why this would be a problem…until the smoke alarm went off. I opened the oven to find that while the pie was perfect and golden there was now a sticky, black, charred boiling mess on the bottom of my oven–gross!!! (fyi-you use baking apples because they aren’t as juicy and won’t spill over like that)

Later that night I attempted to tackle the yuck. I used every caustic cleaner I could find-even some that I had specifically gone out and purchased for the task. I was literally gagging on the fumes and it wasn’t getting clean-not good.

Then I had a stroke of genius and remembered seeing this pin on Pinterest. Here is what the text said:

healthy cleaning

“The best oven cleaner! Cover bottom of oven with baking soda, then pour vinegar so it’s all wet. Let sit around 20 minutes or so then wipe all of it out with damp cloth or sponge. I leave my oven door open too. After drying you may see some white residue, wipe again.” 


I’ve been interested in green cleaning lately-as you all know-but hadn’t trusted it to handle any “heavy duty” problems up until now. I figured it was worth a shot so I tried it out. I was shocked when it actually worked!!! Good ol’ fashioned chemical-free cleaning with baking soda and vinegar did what the nasty chemicals couldn’t!

Heinz Cleaning Vinegar

Now you can even buy Heinz Cleaning Vinegar which is specifically designed for cleaning with! Me and hubby recently went shopping to pick some up-I love that when you use healthy cleaning solutions not only are they better for you-they’re also *so* much less expensive!

WalMart Vinegar

There are *so* many different ways to use vinegar for cleaning-my Suzie Homemaker Solutions Board is full of them-but here are some of my favorites!

All Purpose Cleaner from Vinegar and Citrus Peels
101 Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar to Clean Microwaves
 Clean Burnt Pans with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Happy Baking & Green Cleaning!

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Written by Nicole Elliott