Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Joy of a Clean Oven

Are you ready for this?  Because this will seriously change your life!

Oh, no wait.  This is just a sign that I spend far too much time browsing household tips on Pinterest.  If every little tip promising to change my life actually did, I would certainly not even recognize myself in the mirror each morning.

I wouldn't be able to cope with that. As it is, I am often startled beyond words to look in the bathroom mirror and see my mother staring back at me.  I have to turn around quick to see if she is there.

By the way, my favorite are the pins that pop up  on my home feed--Secrets of People Whose Houses are Always Clean.  Can you guess the secret? DUH...they clean every day.  I think that even an intractable horder knows that deep down inside. 

None of which is what I set out to share this morning.

When I got back from Florida there were two big blobs of black carbony gunk on the floor of the oven.   I can't blame Kevin as he uses the oven solely for baking bread.  No, these blobs were left over from the family Christmas dinner when I prepared and served roast beef.  That was just before I left for Florida so I didn't deal with it at the time.

Now my oven has a self cleaning feature, but except for those two blobs, the oven was fine with a wipe down.  I sprayed the blobs with my homemade oven cleaner--vinegar, baking soda, and a drop of dish detergent.  I sprayed in the morning and again in the afternoon and then again before I went to bed.  I sprayed them the next morning and then forgot about them for a day or two.


When I remembered again, I looked in the oven and say that the blobs were not so blobby.  I wiped the floor of the oven with a paper towel.  No scrubbing and rubbing, just a swipe with a wet paper towel.  Rinse. Done!

Ick, ick, ick!

It didn't change my life, but clean does make me happy.  We take our joy where we can find it.

5 comments:

  1. That sounds like an easy fix. Congratulations!

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  2. Oh thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm going to look at our oven floor tomorrow. I know it's not clean.

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  3. Brilliant. I'm a big fan of the magic vinegar and baking soda can do, and having just bought a self-cleaning oven that I'm afraid to let loose, I'd rather wipe things down myself. (On the rare occasions that I actually clean said oven.)
    By the way, a fellow blogger says you have a place here in Venice. We've brand-new (two weeks old!) snowbirds to the area ourselves.

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  4. It uses a lot less paid-for energy, too! I've been using the BBQ a lot right now!

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  5. I will have to try your concoction! My mother was not very domestic and I once got her a little sign that said "No one ever died from oven crud poisoning". I doubt she cleaned her oven every 10 years - OK more like every 20!

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