Sunday, March 27, 2011

Oven Cleaning the Green Way

I cleaned my oven yesterday. It is a totally Big Deal as it is not a "self cleaning" oven. Oh, if it only were! This is the same stove that was in the double wide trailer house that we lived in on our property while we built our current home. It's an old LP propane Kenmore that works just fine - but, you have to clean the oven the old fashioned way. It hasn't been really cleaned for 11 years. Now before you go all weird on me and accuse me of being a slob I have to tell you the the damn oven sort of self cleans itself whenever you bake in it. You know, stuff turns to ashes so it's really not seething with maggots or anything like that. Yesterday I cleaned it with some sort of spray that is pure lye based. It's nasty stuff. I tried using the vinegar in a boiling pan of water left in the oven overnight "green clean" idea but 11 years of gunk does not render itself to "green clean". It's spanking new looking now. But, I'll bet you anything I won't clean it again for another 11 years.


  1. Ah, this is too funny and so appropriate as I was looking at my oven in despair yesterday. Rather than clean it I just sighed and shut the door! It's supposed to be a self-cleaner but the bottom has gotten a bit grotty now. I'll get to it one day!
    (By the way, I've finally written a post about Nipper's diagnosis - got there eventually!)

  2. Well, craaap. Not because of what you wrote, but your post reminded me that I forgot to clean my oven this winter. I do have a self-cleaning oven, but since it gets ridiculously hot to clean itself, I like to do it on one of the coldest days of the year, so that afterwards, I can release that lovely heat into the kitchen by leaving the door open for awhile....but alas, I forgot. We are long past our coldest days down here in Texas, though it did get a bit nippy here last night.

  3. That's funny. We cleaned ours last year for the first time since we moved here.

    I thought we needed a new oven till we cleaned it. It works correctly now. :)