Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I know, I know

Where the heck have I been? and why haven't I been posting? well, I told you I'm crazy and sometimes that translates into the inability to focus on anything long enough to write about it. Add that to our already busy life and you have the makings of Miss ADD USA (man, that should totally be a contest! Couldn't you just see the talent portion of that???)

....see what I mean? I could fill you in but-no, there is too much, let me sum up: 1st grade, baby cliff diving, roller derby (aw yay boi!), a few too many beers, debating the socio-economic impact of working moms/stay-at-home moms, target practice on the wii, multiple meals with no groceries, our mailbox being robbed, 100+ temps....basically, life. 
So instead of wonderful recipes for you today, all I really have to offer is some homemade cleaning supplies because in amongst the madness, I've been manic cleaning at weird times of the day/night.

I told you I'm crazy.

First, let's talk about the oven. Because I hate hate hate cleaning the oven. I hate it almost as much as I hate cleaning the fridge (more hate hate hate). Usually, I just avoid it. But I've been having this whole internal timeline thing going on in my head  lately about how "last year at this time....." (which is starting to take on a Lifetime movie quality to it but I think I've finally picked out the soundtrack for it at least.  See what I mean?) ANYWAYS, I realized I haven't cleaned the oven in a year. Actually, I've never cleaned this oven because when we moved in a year ago, it was already cleaned. Filthy, I think, is the word you are looking for. I clean the top all the time-take the knobs off and clean the rings around the elements (I have a craptastic electric stove). By the way, the best way to get all that gunk off is just to rub down the nasty bits with baking soda. It's the cheapest, most effective scouring powder ever.

For my oven, though, I really needed to ramp up to it. So, naturally, I was drawn to the "recipe" for Lazy Person's Oven Cleaner. Yep. That's me. Right here, lazy.

First, pour about 3/4 cup of ammonia into a bowl (not plastic) and place it in a oven that is cool and close the door on that baby overnight.  The fumes from this will do the dirty work. If you want (and because I'm a paranoid mommy) turn the vent hood on low for overnight.

In the morning (or, in my case, when I got around to it during Thing 2's nap), remove the bowl of ammonia and toss. Wipe down the interior with a clean wet rag (rinse it out often). If there are any stuck on parts, scour them with baking sour and wipe clean.

No cans of Easy Off. No newspapers strewn about the floor to catch drips. No need for long yellow gloves (unless that's your thing). Just a clean oven. Maybe I'll even clean the thing more than once a year.



Anonymous said...

Okay, everyone's gone tonite. I have been working on closets, so now with your help, it's the oven I'm cleaning next. Damn you, anyway;)

betty crocker said...

color coding the closets? out of adult beverages are we? :)
Honestly, I was surprised how well this worked. I had the whole thing cleaned before 8 am....but I hated it all the same