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« on: February 20, 2009 07:51:57 AM »

I personally believe that at times cleaning can be a craft, especially when one needs to make their own cleaners.

So a little bit of back ground. My father this last august gave me the home he'd been living in. He's a cook, loves to cook but not so big on the cleaning. In the ten years that he's lived here and I'd be more then willing to bet longer with the previous owner, the oven has never seen the good side of a sponge, yet alone the back side.  Lips sealed

I also as of about a year ago developed some major allergies to most cleaning supplies.. So what is a person to do with a carbon infested oven and allergies to all cleaners  Huh .... hit the web.

I found a recipe that called for mixing baking soda, salt, water and a little bit of lemon into a paste and smothering the inside of the oven with it, so away I went 

Let it sit for several hours and spray with water occasionally. Then scrub clean.  Cool

I let it sit most of the day and over night. (had class then forgot to clean it) and this morning it was more of a wipe clean then scrub. I need to do one more session with the oven now that I know it works, will update with pictures of the second round. I have a feeling that had I been more confident with the mix and added a little more elbow grease it would have been more effective. I'm just happy to have an oven that smells like lemon and not carbon for one and two isn't supporting it's own ecosystem.  Cheesy

I've also decided since I'm the first of my friends to get their own place, their gifts from me will be a box of baking soda and cleaning recipe cards.  Wink


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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2009 08:02:11 AM »

Amazing!  Good for you!  There's just something about someone else's mess that's a bit grosser than your own - even family's.

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2009 08:22:16 AM »

Your oven looks so much better, thanks for sharing the tip, I'll have to try it out sometime.

« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2009 08:25:48 AM »

Good for you! We forget how hard our Moms and Grandmoms had to work to get something clean. I was listening to an interview with a clean/stain expert. And she said what people don't realize is that to get out all stains, is hard scrubbing and not to give up. It may take several times but it will get clean.

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2009 08:25:59 AM »

  I got a new stove last summer! Cheesy  still have not cleaned it...why you ask?  Because I am scared of the self clean function Huh  You can laugh now.
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2009 08:39:10 AM »

I checked this out because the picture looked so mysterious --- what craft is that? Terrific tip, though. That reminds me, I haven't cleaned the oven out since a big turkey spill on Thanksgiving.

BTW, you are better off if you can avoid the using self-clean feature. Self-cleaning releases noxious fumes into your living space. Make sure to ventilate well if you do decide to use it. Self-cleaning ovens, however, tend to be more energy efficient even for normal use because they are well-insulated.
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2009 09:02:32 AM »

Wow that is awsome and I really like your perspective on cleaning.  Maybe I will be more apt to clean now that I can consider it crafting!

I recently switched to vinegar and baking soda as my main cleaning agents.  I love that they are food safe and BABY safe...I can clean around her and not worry about her inhaling the dastardly evil "cleaning" products! 
Plus its green!

Try white distilled vinegar on your counters and stuff..It works!!! and while the beginning the smell is strong it actually helps to neutralize the odors in the air.


« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2009 09:12:25 AM »

What a great idea for a house-warming gift! I would have never thought about housekeeping/cleaning recipes.

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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2009 10:22:08 AM »

That same receipe will work wonders on an old grungy bath and shower doors. When we moved in I'm sure the previous tenant had never cleaned those spots. My DH has terrible ezcema and we had to ban all cleaning products, so for us its vinegar, baking soda, and a good scrubbing for most things. It may be a bit more work, but at least I know that my girls are safe to be around it.
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2009 10:32:46 AM »

I totally forgot about using salt. And baking soda is magical. I've been using baking soda, vinegar, and water to clean my apartment for awhile.
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