6th June – Clean Oven
A horrible task, but its so much nicer when your oven is all sparkly.
Remember though – this is supposed to be a 20 minute challenge. So, if your oven is going to take more than that, just do a bit.
If you do want to tackle it – and don’t want to use a harsh commercial oven cleaner – sprinkle about ½ cm layer of baking soda over the bottom of the oven, use a water spray to spray the baking soda until its well moist. Let the baking soda mixture sit overnight (spraying a few times to keep moist). I the morning, scrape the dried baking soda and grime off, and use a damp sponge to wipe. Rinse the residue off for a lovely clean oven without the chemicals.
A great tip is to line the bottom of your oven with one of those silicon BBQ mats that you buy at the $2 shop or even woollies sell them I think. Cut to size .. and they clean SOOOOO easily.
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05-06-2014 08:36 #241
05-06-2014 08:49 #242
I will try the baking soda thing tonight, I cant use harsh oven cleaners because it messes with my asthma and also DS2's asthma. If it ends up needing it I will get DH to do it for me while I take the kids out on the weekend!
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05-06-2014 09:08 #243
yeah, I am not actually doing the oven today.
I do have the silicon mat in the bottom of my oven though, so will give that a clean, and wipe my oven over etc. The full clean needs to wait for the weekend
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05-06-2014 10:00 #244
yep bicarb soda and baking soda are the same thing
but baking powder is bicarb soda plus cream of tartar
Baking soda = bicarbonate of soda = sodium bicarbonate
Baking soda is just another name for bicarbonate of soda, which can also be called sodium bicarbonate. It’s a kind of chemical compound which comes in a white crystalline form.
Baking powder = cream of tartar + baking soda
Baking powder contains baking soda, along with cream of tartar, an acidic compound, and sometimes some kind of starch as well (usually corn starch).
05-06-2014 10:08 #245
Ok, I have gone on a bi-carb & vinegar cleaning rampage! It works wonders on stainless steel!
Did the oven this morning (wasn't too dirty so just left it an hour or so). I'm really impressed on how well it cleaned the glass door of the top oven - it was full of baked on splatter and is now the cleanest it has been since I first got it:
Then did the cooktop (and soaked/ scrubbed cast iron trivets):
And finally the dishwasher:
ETA: the only thing I found with the oven is it needed really, really, really thorough wiping over with a damp cloth to get rid of any white residue.
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05-06-2014 10:13 #246
wow - awesome work decemberbubba
05-06-2014 11:12 #247
I got started on the oven. Just letting everything work its magic before I clean it off. The bottom was surprisingly about 1/2 cm thick of grime! Didn't realise it was that thick I think I have a baking sheet somewhere to put on the bottom. I hope so!
05-06-2014 11:38 #248
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05-06-2014 11:46 #249
some of these are what I had in mind ... but any will work.
I got mine from the $2 shop ... but also many butchers sell them, bbq shops or my woolworths (with the bbq utensils)
05-06-2014 13:23 #250
So today I've moved the toy room around ( no decluttering did it a few days before this challenge started) did find one item for the bin
The rest has been catching up on general housework vacuuming washing ect plus I bit of gardening
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