I just love Pinterest.
I find so many fabulous ideas on there.
There are so many creative people out in blog world and I love that we all have a great site to share those ideas.
I recently came across a recipe for this cleaning product.
It is equal parts white vinegar and Dawn dishwashing liquid.
The person who posted it used it for their bathrooms and said her faucets and bathtub sparkled and was like new.
Well that definitely piqued my interest. I love an easy cleaner that I can make myself that will actually do a great job. I've always heard that vinegar was good to clean with. I sometimes put a little vinegar in my water when I mop.
The next time I was at the store, I picked up a spray bottle, some vinegar and a bottle of Dawn. Both my vinegar and Dawn were 9 oz bottles.
The other day I turned on my oven to get it preheated to make our bread for dinner. I went into another room while waiting for the oven to warm up and finally remembered after about 20 minutes to go check on it. When I came back into the kitchen, the oven temp was still at 100 degrees. I knew that wasn't right. I turned it off and tried again and this time I didn't hear the fire underneath kick on. It's a gas stove and you can hear it.
Long story short, hubby had to pull the oven out to see what was wrong and try to fix it. I was hoping it was something easy to be fixed, I'm not really prepared to go buy a new oven at this point.
When he pulled it out, I immediately saw this.
That's probably not as bad as some, but it's bad enough for me. I know when I'm cooking I get drips and spills and what not. It's really difficult to get down in there to clean and I don't make a habit of pulling my oven out often. That usually only happens when it needs fixed, which is rarely.
So I decided it would be a great time to try the cleaner that I saw on Pinterest. I hadn't mixed it together yet, so I got the plastic bottle, the vinegar and the Dawn. Dawn is notorious for cutting through grease and I wash food off my dishes with it so I thought it would be a perfect cleaner for this mess.
All you do is warm the vinegar in the microwave. I warmed it for 1 minute. Then pour it into the plastic bottle and add the Dawn. Give it a quick shake to mix it and you are ready to go.
I started by vacuuming all the dust bunnies on the sides and underneath the oven.
I then sprayed the entire side of the oven with the cleaner and let it sit for a minute. I was able to easily white most of it with one of my cleaning rags but used a gritty sponge for the tougher spots.
It only took me about 10 minutes to clean one side.
This is how it turned out.
Their was one very light stream of something that I scrubbed and scrubbed but it just wouldn't come off. Other than that, it's so much better. I did both sides and the drawer then hubby pushed it back in. I needed to get dinner started so I really didn't have much time to do more.
I will definitely be trying this cleaner on other areas of the house.