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#1 of 24 Old 01-15-2007, 04:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So, hypothetically, let's suppose I don't know how to clean an oven. (Yes, that would mean, since I've been living on my own for 4 years, that my oven has not been cleaned in 4 years). How would I go about doing this?

(Preferrably without harsh chemicals, although I don't have access to "special" natural products either. Just basic stuff like vinegar, BS, TTO, etc.)

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(ETA: I do not have a self-cleaning oven. I don't even know what that is/does. I envision little robot hands coming out from behind and scrubbing, a la Jetson-style though. LOL)
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ummm ours was so bad that after 3 years of living here, dh used his electric sander on it and ammonia, which i know is nasty, but its all that worked. i dont really know how to clean an oven either, so i'll be

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ummm ours was so bad that after 3 years of living here, dh used his electric sander on it
ROFL, thanks for the laugh!!


Anybody? Or do we all have dirty ovens?
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1. Scrape down surface with putty knife or metal pancake flipper to get any big chunks - carefully, so as not to scratch the inside of your oven.
2. Wet down entire area. Sprinke liberally with baking soda. Wait.
3. When grime has softened, wipe out.
4. Reapply baking soda and scrub. Wipe.
5. Wet down area and scrub with a pumice stone. Wipe.
6. Go after any remaining grime with steel wool. Wipe.
7. Rinse as best you can. You may want to spray sparingly with vinegar to get rid of baking soda residue.

Worked great on the disgusting mess that was my old apartment. I got most of these ideas out of my bible of home cleaning, "Clean House Clean Planet" by Karen Logan.
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The "Queen of Clean" (sorry, no time to Google) has some instructions for doing this that involve ammonia, but nothing stronger than that. I did try it once, and got my oven cleaner, but not what I'd call clean. As long as it works, though, a clean oven pretty low on my list of priorities.
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A self cleaning oven just gets really really hot and turns all the stuff in the oven into ash and you just wipe it off the oven bottom

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Well, I think I can officially be counted as the MOST shameful housekeeper... I've lived in my current house for 9 years and I have never cleaned my oven!

Damn. Maybe I should do that? However, I do keep a sheet of foil in the bottom that catches any spills, and throw it away when it looks gross. You just have to make sure it can't touch the element at all.

I haven't tried it on an oven (obviously) but I have found that laundry soap (if you use it) is really good at getting old accumulated grease off things.

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When we moved out of our last apartment I just used ones of those steel wool scrubbie things for both the sides of the oven and the racks.
I always keeps AL foil on the bottom.

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The "Queen of Clean" (sorry, no time to Google) has some instructions for doing this that involve ammonia, but nothing stronger than that. I did try it once, and got my oven cleaner, but not what I'd call clean. As long as it works, though, a clean oven pretty low on my list of priorities.
An oven will actually work more efficiently if it is clean. Something to do with efficient use of radiant energy. That being said....My oven is gross and is on the bottom of my cleaning priority list. Although everytime I pull something out of the oven that has unevenly browned it moves up a notch. One day soon it is going to reach the top.
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You are suppossed to clean the oven? I bought mine used 2.5 years ago, and never cleaned the inside. It is a self cleaning oven, but I don't know how to use it and have no desire to, either.
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You are suppossed to clean the oven? I bought mine used 2.5 years ago, and never cleaned the inside. It is a self cleaning oven, but I don't know how to use it and have no desire to, either.
Ditto.

My oven isn't too messy though. If I know something is going to bubble over (like a pie) I put a cookie sheet under it. Most of the stuff just turns crispy and dries up. If something big like a french fry falls in, I will take it out. :
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Cream of tartar mixed with white vinegar will work nicely on the oven itself........but I'm having a hard time getting the glass of the oven clean.

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An oven will actually work more efficiently if it is clean. Something to do with efficient use of radiant energy. That being said....My oven is gross and is on the bottom of my cleaning priority list. Although everytime I pull something out of the oven that has unevenly browned it moves up a notch. One day soon it is going to reach the top.
Right. Like I said...as long as it works, I don't care if it's dirty.

The only reason I cleaned mine last year was that it had something on the bottom that smelled bad when I used the oven. It didn't seem to be burning off, so I bit the bullet and cleaned.
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Well, I think I can officially be counted as the MOST shameful housekeeper... I've lived in my current house for 9 years and I have never cleaned my oven!
Ummm..... I've lived in this house for several years and have never used the oven : I suppose this can be counted as a tip on how to keep your oven clean.... don't use it
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Ummm..... I've lived in this house for several years and have never used the oven : I suppose this can be counted as a tip on how to keep your oven clean.... don't use it
I'm going to remember that in among my household tips!

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My Mum came and cleaned mine for me
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I can't imagine how difficult and painful it must be to lean over down in there to scrub! Boy am I a priss!

Thank goodness we have a self-cleaning oven. Just press the button and leave the house for a couple of days! The smell should be gone by then...
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We've lived here 6 years and I've never cleaned the oven. It's about 10,000 years old so I'm not even sure what it would be like clean. It doesn't look particularly "dirty" to me, though, and works fine, so I think I'll just leave it alone...
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I envy you. I would happily ignore the oven, but for Passover, every single particle of leaven must be cleaned. So I ignore it all year, and then have to deal with it on top of cleaning every cabinet, drawer, surface, fridge, etc. including taking off the door of the oven and cleaning in the cracks (we do this for the freezer too). Well, at least I know that there is never more than 1 years worth of dirt at any time in the house. I am a great de-clutterer, and clean superficially every week, but just ignore that burnt smell every time I use the oven.
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OK, I feel like a freak!

I clean my oven about every 2 months.: I find it's easier if I don't let it get too dirty between cleanings.

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Excellent! Do you rent her out?

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i read this method on a website, but i can't remember the url! cover the bottom with a thick coating of baking soda and spritz w/water. every few hours spritz again. after about eight hours scrape bs and gunk out then wipe down to clean up the bs residue. even though i have a self-cleaning oven, i had to do this b/c dh let something really greasy leak onto the bottom of the oven and when i tried the self-cleaning feature, it caught on fire! talk about scary!! it really smoked up the house, and whatever it was got really rubbery. gross! well, it's gone now.
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I've been married ten years and I've never cleaned an oven. I should really train dh to do it.

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OK. I'm back to say that the oven is set to "clean" and the house smells, er, interesting. I tried to find info online about how long to leave it on (bought the thing used, so don't have the manual), and answers varied. I'm going with 3 hours.

But what I really wanted to mention is that "they" say that you are supposed to clean your oven every month! :

Every month, every few years, whatever.

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