The Crazy Suburban Mom: Too Dirty for Words Project #4 with a little help from my Filofax and a whole lot of vinegar

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Too Dirty for Words Project #4 with a little help from my Filofax and a whole lot of vinegar

I tackled something today I've been dreading almost as much as the ceiling; the glass window on my oven.  
How it got that bad is a long tale of woe.  A combination.... A perfect storm really, of my irrational fear of  the self-cleaning function,  my other irrational fear; warning labels and a particularly gruesome cooking incident that culminated in the core breach of two roast chickens and a tray of marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole.


I didn't have a clue what to use. I went to the store looking for cleaners and had a bit of a freak out reading the warning labels so I went home and looked over cleaning recipes I've copied from old community cookbooks into my Filofax and made a plan.


The baking soda and water paste didn't touch it, neither did coconut oil.  The last thing; lining the window with paper towels and pouring on straight white vinegar was much better.  I left it there about two hours, scraping with a cooking spatula every half hour or so.


There was a big improvement after this, granted it's still a mess but at least the marshmallow shrapnel is gone.

So I put down a layer of paper towels again, covered it with vinegar and set the timer for an hour.  After that hour it was much better but I thought I'd give the  vinegar/baking soda a try again.  I wet the window well with vinegar, sprinkled on baking soda and waited some more.  When I washed and wiped the stuff off it was pretty incredible. 


While it may seem like this whole process took a long time it's sort of like crock pot cooking, not much doing but a lot of waiting.  If I had this to do over, I'd probably do the paper towel thing overnight.

Some of it didn't come off but I have a feeling some of the burned on stuff stained the glass and this might be as good as it gets.

Considering how bad it was, the results are pretty amazing.  Especially when you realize...
Cleaned my oven window
 Everything I used to turn the top picture into the bottom was edible....


Elizabeth Gonz├ílez 5/16/13, 10:27 PM  

Love that you have accomplish this! So cool idea!

I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award!

My blog it's please check it so you found out all about this :)

Josh LaPorte 5/16/13, 11:58 PM  

Hi Tracy!
I was so fed up with this problem when we bought our new stove I bought one without an oven door window. I also bought a stove which is not self cleaning, and is an old stove. The sides, back, door, floor of the oven are removable and can be scrubbed up in the sink.

Vinegar is wonderful stuff to have in the house. I buy gallons of it at ShopRite and use it for pet accidents, cleaning litter boxes, damp mopping floors, wiping down woodwork, windows, etc. I use lots of baking soda and borax too.

Ammonia will do well on ovens too. Just don't mix it with bleach!

Mayra 5/17/13, 1:43 AM  

Hello! Just stopped by to say I've nominated you for the Liebster Award, the details are in this post:

Tracy Reinhardt 5/17/13, 3:23 AM  

Elizabeth and Mayra! Thank you so much for nominating me! I really appreciate it!

Josh - I bought ammonia a while back but just couldnt take the fumes! I originally got it for the ceiling but just couldn't work with it. The vinegar seems to bother people but doesnt bother me at all - I'm making a cleaning recipe with them (citrus peels and vinegar) but it takes 2 to 4 weeks to 'cure' - Its only been a few days and it smells good already. Cant wait to try the results

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