Roll It And Pat It

And mark it with a “B.” Put it in the oven…oh wait! Don’t do that! Unless you want the smoke detectors going off all over the house. At least that was the story at our house for the last few weeks. Something must have slopped around in our oven. Actually probably a good many things have slopped around in our oven climaxing to the smoke detectors going off every time we’d so much as preheat the oven.

Finally we decided to take the bull by its horns oven by its greasy, grimy racks and put an end to the madness. Just in time for my in-laws to drop over for an oven-baked meal. Phew.

Of course we used the Norwex Oven and Grill Cleaner for its non-toxic yet super powerful (so we heard) formula. To use, just follow these simple steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 100 degrees F. The lowest setting on my oven is 170 degrees, but you really don’t want it too hot in there, so don’t let it reach that set point. Or let it reach it, but then crack the door for a few moments to let some of the heat escape. (Admittedly that one’s not the most energy efficient plan!)

2. Spray the oven door, floor, sides, top, and back with the Norwex Oven and Grill Cleaner. Although this stuff is totally chemical-free, I recommend not breathing it in because it will tickle your throat and make you cough. It is not harmful, but I chose to hold my breath for the few seconds I sprayed the oven and had no problems!

3. Shut the door and let the enzyme-based solution do its thing for 5 minutes.

4. Turn off oven.

5. Wipe down with a damp enviro cloth. This is sufficient for mildly messy areas of the oven, but we had some sections with majorly burnt on food. For those areas, we busted out one of our Norwex Spirinetts, which worked like a charm.

The door was easy to wipe down with just a damp enviro cloth. Check out the clean streak in the middle of the door below.

6. Heat to 200 degrees F for 10 minutes before using the oven.

That’s it! A clean oven is now yours. This cleaner can be used on self-cleaning ovens but it should not be used at the same time as the self-cleaning feature. The temps reached by that feature are way too hot for this stuff, so never use them together!

I should mention getting a totally clean oven did take a fair amount of elbow grease. And it was my husband’s elbow grease, not mine. However, that was for the super stuck-on areas. The normal spills and spatters wiped clean very easily.

The best part was not using chemicals, which is especially noteworthy since it’s the oven–a place you cook food for your family. Seems important to me.

Well, I’m off to reinstall the smoke detectors. (It was the only way we could cook in peace for a while!)

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