I have found a random 'natural' cheap cleaner that actually works!! GASP- I know, it is ridiculously amazing. I mean this- Andrew and I have been ouu-ing and ahhing over the entire concept.
It's an oven cleaner. Yep- our oven needed cleaning. Like I mentioned before, we're clean people... but I never lived somewhere long enough to worry about things like cleaning an oven. Until now. Our apartment is getting a 'pre-moving inspection' tomorrow. Sound scary? I agree. So we are furiously cleaning around the boxes in the hope they will deem the *tiny* finishing nail holes insignificant.
Our oven hasn't been cleaned in TWO years and was pretty darn gross. Andrew and I discussed the best way to clean the oven. We really didn't want to use chemical cleaner.
There is nothing more disgusting than cleaning what you cook or eat your food off of with toxic chemicals. Why would we clean what we bake our food in with nasty chemicals? Um. Yeah.
So, we turned the oven on to 500 and baked the sh*t out of 'er (excuse the language... trucker-yogini is slipping out). Hmm... not exactly the final answer.
I had read in Ecoholic Home that a supposedly effective cleaning method was to put on a paste of baking soda (bicarbonate) and water, let sit for a while and scrub off. We've read about coating baking soda on and leaving it overnight, but honestly who has the time for that?? 30min, 60 TOPS. Honestly, we both didn't really think it was going to work. We had the whole 'resigned to using chemical cleaner' in the back of our minds.
30 minutes later Andrew takes an exploratory scrub... and holy crap it works. Not only does it work, but it actually required minimal scrubbing and seemed to just fall away!! This is TWO YEARS of food, baked on (at 500 degrees hah) easily scrubbing away. Our disgusting Oven. See that white paste? That's the GUNK coated with baking soda. Where the green sponge is? That's where the gunk (piled high) used to be...
Lesson learned. Baking soda as oven cleaner= awesomeness.
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