Today's Lesson: How to clean a very very dirty oven. Did I say dirty? Maybe embarrassingly putrid would be a more accurate description. I had hoped to have replaced it by now, but that's looking like an out-of-the-question scenario right now.
My oven is so bad that
Thank you YouTube, for teaching me that I don't need to use the caustic (but quick, less scrubbing...but also no breathing) oven cleaner I had been using. So I hear you asking...."what is this shiny-making non-caustic cleaner?" Well, three things you probably have right in your kitchen.
2 cups baking soda (aka bicarbonate of soda)
1 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup dishwashing liquid
Mix the vinegar into the baking soda VERY slowly. Pour a little in and little it fizzle; stir a bit before adding a tad more. Once it's all in the bowl (and isn't fizzing over the side - remember I said add slowly!) add the dishwashing liquid and mix it really well. You just slop that, rather thickly, over all the internal surfaces of the oven and let it sit overnight. I used a silicon pastry brush to do this. In my case it'll be 24 hours before I can get back to it, but I suspect that might be best for all concerned. I'll let you know how it goes, but so far the oven door is looking beautiful.
Incidentally these same ingredients (in different proportions) have been touted (on YouTube) as a miracle bathroom cleaner. If my sink is anything to go by, your bathroom will certainly shine! The video I watched for cleaning the bathroom said you have to use "Dawn" liquid, which is all very well if you have a Costco membership. If not, you'd be up the creek without a paddle, here in Australia. I can't see that a particular brand would make a difference, so I'd give it a go with whatever you happen to have. Morning Fresh maybe? I think the point is, something really good, not the cheap, weak stuff you get in $2 shops.
Some other YouTube channels I've been enjoying:
The Daily Connoisseur (inspiration to live a good life)
Do It On a Dime (how to organise on a budget)
Pick Up Limes (great nutrition advice and inspiration)
Fly with Stella (a very funny flight attendant who vlogs her life - she's just so happy!)
A Classroom Diva (teaching ideas and inspiration)
Pocketful of Primary (another teacher vlog)
What have you learnt lately?
EDITED TO UPDATE: This method for oven cleaning worked reasonably well. Yes, it took a fair amount of elbow grease, but I didn't die from inhaling awful, choking chemicals. And my hands were nice and soft, albeit dry. Definitely the longer it sat the easier it was to clean (24 hours). It was very, very sudsy, so know you're gonna have bubbles in your sink all over the place! I suspect that if you were more diligent about oven cleaning, in general, this would look like it had worked better. Given where my oven started and where it ended, I'd say it was a definite winner.