How To Clean The Oven

Cleaning the oven, one of the easiest house cleaning chore… to ignore. Close that oven door, and BOOM you can "How To Clean The Oven"

How To Clean The Oven

Cleaning the oven, one of the easiest house cleaning chore… to ignore. Close that oven door, and BOOM you can pretend all is well for a couple of more months (at least)! “No one else sees the inside,” your inner procrastinator whispers, “It’s what comes out of the oven that counts”.

But this is one chore you really shouldn’t ignore for too long – ovens accumulate grease and spilt food which can result in excessive smokiness and even, run the risk of a grease fire.

Plus, the longer you wait to clean your oven, the harder it gets to do – so take a deep breath, buckle down and get cleaning!

Here’s an easy, non‐toxic solution for oven cleaning:

Clean your oven racks

1. Remove the racks from your oven.

2. Sprinkle baking soda over the racks, then spray with vinegar – watch out for the bubbling effect as the baking soda reacts to the vinegar.

3. Place the oven racks in a large bucket large enough to soak your racks (you can use your bathtub too! Note: If using the tub, lay down some towels at the bottom of the tub first).

4. Fill the bucket or tub with enough hot water to cover the racks and let it sit overnight.

5. The next day, scrub the oven racks with the coarse end of a sponge. Rinse thoroughly.

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Make your own cleaning solution

Clean your oven with items that can be found in most household pantries: vinegar, coarse salt and baking soda.

1. In a spray bottle, combine 1/3 cup of vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.

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2. Spray the inside of your oven including the inside of the door with the vinegar and water solution.

3. Sprinkle baking soda all over the oven – put more on any stubborn caked on areas.

4. Sprinkle a thick layer of coarse salt over the baking soda.

5. Spray the oven again with your vinegar and water solution.

6. Leave to sit overnight.

Use some elbow grease

Now I didn’t say you can get away with zero scrubbing. But the good news is, with your pre-clean and your homemade solution, the rest of the oven cleaning shouldn’t take much time at all!

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1. With the coarse side of a sponge, scrub the oven. Prepare to be amazed at how easy all that muck comes off!

2. Spray again with the vinegar and water solution to remove the last of your oven debris.

3. Wipe everything down with old towels or paper towels. Voila, all done!

Time spent cleaning: 2 -3 hours
Time spent getting other things done while the racks clean: 8 hours

Bonus tip:
Now that your oven is nice and clean, use it to make your whole house smell amazing:

Put two teaspoons of vanilla into an oven-proof coffee mug and place in a 150 degree Celsius oven for an hour.

This article was written by Airtasker – Larling P.

House Cleaning With A Toothbrush: How To

What’s the one item we all use daily that will clean even the trickiest of hard to reach spots? Believe "House Cleaning With A Toothbrush: How To"

House Cleaning With A Toothbrush: How To

What’s the one item we all use daily that will clean even the trickiest of hard to reach spots? Believe it or not, it’s your toothbrush. Drains, tap fixtures, lampshades and cheese graters… the list is endless. But this handy inexpensive tool will make your house cleaning much simpler.

So that you can introduce it to your usual cleaning routine, here’s how a toothbrush can clean your home room by room.

Kitchen

Stove knobs
Using a sponge to clean the oil and food splattered on kitchen knobs is a slippery task. However using a toothbrush you won’t miss a speck of grease or dirt as you can reach all the tight spots.

Microwave vents
To clean, use a cloth that you’ve sprayed with house cleaner and place it over a toothbrush. That way you can get into each vent opening and won’t risk getting any cleaning spray in the fan.

You can also use the toothbrush on cooking equipment that are difficult to clean e.g. juices, cheese graters, small jars and unusually shaped vases/bottles.

Bathroom

Taps
Mold and mildew build up around the bases of taps can be removed by using a wet toothbrush in a matter of seconds.

Toilet seat hinges
It’s another awkward spot that can gather plenty of dust, but by using a toothbrush you can get in around the hinges and clean, no problem.

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Grout
When combined with a bit of baking soda paste and scrubbing with a toothbrush vigorously will loosen the mold. After, just wipe off the paste and wash down with the showerhead or wet cloth.

Around the home

Lampshades/ lights
Sometimes dusting with a cloth is not enough to get it looking sparkling clean. Using a soft toothbrush you can gently remove all the dirt; it’s especially helpful for any pleats.

Wall sockets and light switches
Cleaning around light switches and the on/off button isn’t always easy but a brush will let you remove all the dirt.

Extra tip: Use multiple coloured brushes of use permanent marker to note which ones are for different areas of the house.

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