No Scouring? No Kidding!

Have you ever had trouble cleaning grease and grime and baked-on goods from your pots and pans, and other surfaces? I know I sure have! If you wanna get down to the “nitty gritty” without having to get “down and dirty”, give this old solution a try!

my favourite oven cleaner comes from No Frills.  I have tried other types, but this one seems to work the best.

my favourite oven cleaner comes from No Frills. I have tried other types, but this one seems to work the best.

I am always looking for ways to get things clean with very little effort, for two reasons.  My health – my hands and wrists, elbows, etc. have had arthritis for many years, so the less wear and tear on my joints, the better.  And, of course, as a Professional Organizer I love to find ways to save time for myself and others.  I stumbled upon OVEN CLEANERI know, you may say, “that is NOT good for anyone’s health!”  As with many things we use, there are certainly precautions we must all take when using oven cleaner:  Open a window; turn on the exhaust fan; leave the room while the product does the work for you; or use a mask(pick one up at any paint store);  put on gloves and also read the instructions on the bottle.   I love to use natural products whenever I can, but sometimes we just have to give in and “pull out the Big Guns”!

We all know that Oven cleaner was meant for the oven and that’s the only place we ever think to use it. I pressed the  self-clean option on my oven and ended up with this:  🙁

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After 3 hours of my oven unavailable to use, and heating up my kitchen with a comparable smell to oven cleaner anyway – I STILL had to spray with the oven cleaner I had in my cupboard!!!! And after the spray worked in for only 20 minutes – NO scrubbing or scouring, it looked like this:  😀

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Another time, I had to clean a rental home. The renters didn’t care about the home and I’m sure they NEVER cleaned the glass cooktop on the stove. I can’t tell you how long I scrubbed at that thing. It still looked horrible. There were layers upon layers of baked-on grease and grime. Finally I decided to spray on the oven cleaner and walk away to do something else. It took a few applications, however the wipe-off portion was a lot more wrist-friendly. Just a light wipe with a cloth and Ta-Daaaa! It was a miracle to me, so I began looking for other areas I could use it.

Originally could not see any reflection in this glass cooktop.  Two years of abuse and lack of cleanliness -  A few layers of oven cleaner and looks beautiful.

Originally could not see any reflection in this glass cooktop. Two years of abuse and lack of cleanliness – A few layers of oven cleaner and looks beautiful.

Here are a few more uses  your oven cleaner:

Clean Pots and Pans
You may think that baked-on grease is never coming off the bottoms of your pots and pans or that your pyrex-style baking dishes will always have those brown marks. WRONG!
Spray on the cleaner. Walk away for 20 minutes. Come back and wipe clean. If your surface layer is thicker, you can put it in a plastic garbage bag over night and get back to it tomorrow. The bag stops the cleaner from drying out and also protects you from the fumes. I promise you will be so happy with the results. oven cleaner 066 oven cleaner 076

Grimy Grout

For this one I suggest rubber gloves and a mask plus turning on the washroom or kitchen exhaust fan(wherever you are doing the job).   Spray onto the grout lines and wipe off relatively quickly(5 seconds or so).  Rinse thoroughly.  Be sure your tiles are able to handle this cleaner.  Porcelain and ceramic are pretty strong tiles, but I don’t want to recommend it to those who have marble or other porous surfaces in case of damage to the tiles.

Heated Hair Stylers

Do your heated hair stylers, such as the curling iron, have caked-on, baked-on brown grunge?  Give it a spray of the oven cleaner and leave it for an hour or so… Be sure you have placed it on a rag or paper so it doesn’t damage any other surfaces.  Then just wipe clean with a damp cloth, for a beautiful, shiny hair tool once again. 🙂

Removing Stains on Concrete

If you have a concrete driveway or garage, you have surely noticed those horrible-looking stains of grease and oil, or whatever other fluids have leaked on it.  Give oven cleaner a shot.  Spray it on.(do a test area first to make sure it works on yours before wasting time on ALL the spots.  Then, if it works, go crazy!!)  You can let it sit for 10 minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush.  Rinse with the hose on the highest pressure.  Some areas may need a couple applications before you will be totally satisfied.

Hopefully you will have great luck saving time and energy, getting more stuff cleaner, faster!  And if you need help, I do this kinda stuff for a living, so feel free to contact me. 😉

Thanks for tuning in. 🙂

Tanya
Professional Organizer
416.428.5929
www.cleaningdeclutter.com

Comments

  1. Great tip Tanya!
    I found the oven cleaner is great on the removable ceramic coated elements on gas stoves as well
    You’re right, its stinky , but it works!!

    Alisa

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