Thursday, November 24, 2011

Deep Clean: Ovens

Oh goodness, who enjoys cleaning out the oven?  All that stuck on gunk that has been baked over and over and over again.  Let's be honest, how often do you clean out your over?  If you are the average person then probably not very often.  Well it's time for penance and that penance is called elbow grease.  Oh yes, you heard me, because with my deep oven cleaning there are no toxic oven sprays allowed.  This is the green and clean method.

Shall we begin?

  1.  The first essential step is to culture an attitude.  This can take several days but you must allow the process to grow organically.  Let your resentment towards all of that burnt on gunk build and build.  Once you start cursing at it every time you open the oven door you are ready.
  2. Get the following items: gloves (very important), paint or dough scraper, baking soda, soap, green scrubbie, microfibre cloth and aluminum foil.  
  3. Put your gloves on, take the paint or dough scraper and get in that oven.  Scrape as much gunk off as possible without damaging the surface of the oven.  What this does, besides getting gunk off, is allows the cleaning products to sink in more easily.  By taking off the most baked on layer the remaining gunk is MUCH easier to clean (note: I said easier not easy).
  4. Sprinkle the rest of the oven with baking soda and then get the green scrubbie nice and wet and mush the baking soda around until the water and baking soda cover the inside of the oven. 
  5. Take a break.  Make yourself something to drink, catch up on the news, stretch out your legs, put your hands on your belly and give a nice deep belly laugh.  Whatever you decide on do it for about 15-20 minutes.  
  6. Take the green scrubbie and git 'er done, as they say in cowpeople country.  What I like to do at this point is alternate between soap and baking soda, or both at the same time.  Every once in a while I clean the whole thing off with the microfibre cloth to see what kind of process I am making.  And then I get it all soapy and baking sodaey again!  
  7. Keep going until your oven is as clean as you can handle.  If you don't have much patience for cleaning then it might not get too clean.  That's fine as long as you are happy with it.  And then the final, best, don't-skip-this step.  Cover the bottom of your oven in aluminum foil.  You can either just use aluminum foil or you can buy aluminum foil trays.  This will make your life much easier in the future (at least in terms of cleaning your oven).
Once you are done give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back for being so green.  This is one of those situations where toxic chemicals are much faster and easier to use but you just put your money where your mouth is.  Thanks integrity!