Being on a quest to do something to improve the cleanliness of my home in the last week or so, I have taken to cleaning a corner of my house, by first decluttering it and then cleaning it thoroughly. Mom is coming for a visit from Texas and possibly brother and sister too from Quebexico (my pet name for the province I was born in, actually my partner came up with it and it stuck). So yeah… That means I have to get up from the filth that I love to sit in every day and do some real deep cleaning. Having tackled half of my living room I am now moving into the kitchen. And It’s painful, but I made a promise to myself to get this done before the 20th of next month so that I have less to do when my visitors come to call.
Not only that, I would like to be able not to panic if someone comes at the door. I am very much in the process of getting rid of a lot of crap and just keeping the stuff I use 90% of the time. I have found we really only use about 20% of what is in the house. Now I don’t want to get rid of all the 80% since there is surely some stuff I can use in the future. But I try to get rid of 50% of the area I am cleaning. So far, for the small sections that I have cleaned. I have gotten rid of 2 boxes and about 5 bags of stuff. And now just looking at that spot, I can feel myself breathe so much better.
So suddenly I am staring at the stove. I bought it around 4 years ago and the inside of it has never seen a cleaning. Yes, I know what you are saying. OH MY GOD why not! Well, first it’s not used very often. And secondly, the door closes and I don’t have to look at it. The outside and the top part are always cleaned. Even the drawer has seen a wash now and again, but the inside, let’s face it. NO ONE likes to clean these things. They are inconvenient to clean, with an odd spot to kneel into, well its right up there with dusting for me (another topic to be discussed later).
So I finally decide that this is the day that it’s going to get cleaned out. But being that I want to use Eco-friendly stuff, it’s then that I vaguely remember a post on Facebook about Baking Soda. So here I am looking this stuff up and decide to make a vinegar/baking soda/dish soap solution for my oven.
I have to say I was quite impressed with this stuff. Mind you it took a few times to get it all cleaned, but the amount of crap it brought up was insane. I think I changed my water at least 8 times for the first go around, but then I did it a second time and if you leave it for more than the 15 minutes they recommend on some youtube videos and let it really sink in, you can remove almost all that is there. And elbow grease will bring up the rest.
For the crap that was in my oven, I was completely blown away. And I didn’t have to wear gloves or be afraid to inhale fumes. Minus the dish soap that is not required really. You could eat it this stuff (not that I recommend it, just saying) and it would not harm you. You gotta love that.
So here is the recipe for you who are interested.
2 parts baking soda
1 part vinegar
½ part dish detergent
Mix gently into a bowl because the vinegar will make the baking soda bubble, until the consistency is that of a liquidy paste. Take a sponge and apply liberally in your oven. Some give 15 minutes wait time, but I like to make it longer or even overnight to let it really get in there.
Then wipe off what will just lift off and scrub off the deep down baked stuff.
Now I am warning you. It took more than baking soda to get that black baked in stuff, but we are talking 4 years worth of stuff. So for me it took a scraper in some spots and an S.O.S. but I would say it took out about 75%, which was quite impressive!
You can repeat if necessary until its up and gone. I did it twice and then used force for the rest.
For an extra boost you can make an orange degreaser that works really well with 1 ½ cups of warm water, 1 ½ tsp. of dish liquid and 20 drops of orange essential oils.
This before picture is after the second coat of baking soda…yah…didn’t want to turn anybody elses stomach!