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Monday, September 2, 2013
A little elbow grease, a little time = clean oven!
Yesterday, I mentioned cleaning my oven as one of my "to-do's". I'm happy to say I was able to check that off the list. I've always said this blog was about keeping it real and the pictures of my oven will reassure you of that. While I do have a self-cleaning oven, I'd read reports and heard from a co-worker that this was not always the way to go. It seems easy enough to hit "self clean" but the oven gets ridiculously hot as part of the process. Since I wasn't trying to burn my house down, I opted for good ol' elbow grease. Now, I will be completely honest and say the oven has not been cleaned in about 7-8 years.
I promised I would keep it real - GASP!
How did I clean it? Well, I'm glad you asked. I know Easy-Off is a popular oven cleaner but I've also read the fumes can be intoxicating. This was another "no-spend" project, so I used what I had on hand.
Shaklee Basic H Degeaser
Soap Pads (I had the Dollar General brand)
I started my laying an old sheet underneath the oven door to catch any crumbs or suds. Then, I took a damp paper towel and wiped out all the loose crumbs. Next, I sprayed the Shaklee Degreaser liberally on the back and sides. While it was soaking, I filled a bucket with hot water. I got the sponge wet and then started wiping and scrubbing. The sides/back of the oven were relatively easy to clean. Next, I sprayed down the bottom of the stove. Again, it was alot of elbow grease & repeated efforts of spray, scrub, and wipe. I had a couple of stubborn spots on the bottom, so I grabbed the soap pads I had on hand and went to work. I repeated the same process for the oven door. It's not perfect - but it looks soooo much better!
Super husband had to help with the oven door because I had used all my muscles on the oven itself! I am so happy with the results and so happy the products I had on hand worked. It really didn't take me that long, so why did we let it get so bad?!!
Are you relaxing or tackling projects this holiday weekend?