Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Day #19 - Pinterest Hacks: Ya Win Some, Ya Lose Some

Every now and then, Pinterest pays off.

Ever since I became old enough to know that ovens needed cleaning, I've dreamed of having a self cleaning oven.  A few years ago, we replaced our old wall oven with a self cleaning model from Whirlpool. I was so excited to try it. It worked very well, but the cupboards around it got really, really hot.  Recently, I was looking for other options for cleaning.  The literature that came with the oven said not to use spray on oven cleaner.  Just wiping it with a wet sponge wasn't working.  I read the following idea on Pinterest (original site is www.ehow.com):

  • Heat the electric oven to 150 degrees. Turn the oven off.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove top. Place the pot of boiling water into the oven on the bottom rack. Fill a bowl with one-half cup of ammonia and place it on the top rack inside the oven.
  • Shut the door to the oven. Allow the pot and bowl to remain in the oven overnight.
  • Remove the pot and bowl from the oven in the morning. Keep the oven door open for a bit to allow the inside to air out.
  • Pour the bowl of ammonia into a bucket with 1 quart of warm water. Add a few drops of dish soap to the mixture. Remove the racks from the oven and set aside. Dip a rag in the cleaning solution and wipe the oven clean.
  • Place an old towel into the bathtub or a washtub. Place the oven racks in the tub. Fill the tub with enough warm water to completely submerge the racks. Pour one-half cup of ammonia into the water and allow the racks to soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. Remove the racks from the tub, rinse them off with plain water and wipe clean with a dry rag.
    I was really surprised how well this worked.
    Under the heading of "Don't Bother" - cleaning shower grout with Woollite Heavy Duty Foam Carpet Cleaner, and cleaning window tracks with baking soda and vinegar.  Both those "hacks" were a waste of time and money.
    But still, I keep checking Pinterest once or twice a week; you never know when you'll find a gem.

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