I forgot this last winter to run the self cleaning option (because in Phoenix there is no way I am running THAT cycle in the summer.) Let's be honest it's not my favorite. Basically it creates an environment so hot that hopefully it all turns to ash and you wipe what's left out. Not a big deal unless your oven is REALLY bad. Then you run the risk of setting the fire alarm off as smoke billows from your oven and the fire department shows up because they are pretty sure they deciphered the SOS in the plumes. Oy. That's where I was. Gosh, sometimes smoke would start coming just with the preheat of the oven at 400. No bueno, amigos, no bueno.
I have been highly motivated as of late to get our house clean and myself on a schedule. Especially since we will be starting school in...oh, look at that...17 days! The girls like to help so we are working on those aspects. They are seeing the effects of "many hands make for light work" and merry hearts make for merry work, too. Although today, I'll admit, I was not so merry. I know that I set the tone and I reaped what I sowed today. More on that later. Back to being motivated...
Yesterday, after most of the rest of the house had been worked on earlier in the week I tackled a couple of problem areas in my kitchen. I was faced with the oven once again. I finally said, "That's it. It just needs to be done." So, I went to my friend's blog where I saw her recipe for a DIY oven cleaner. It was a little different than another one I had and I wanted to try it. (Note: the Melaleuca a. is tea tree oil)
It was pretty amazing! You could barely see through my oven door and now you can TOTALLY see through it. The door took some extra elbow grease but totally worth it. But the inside pretty much just wiped out.
I will say, make sure that you oven is just warm. Not hot. Mine was too hot and I think it messed with the paste a little. If you have an electronic temp that shows up on your oven maybe let it get to 100 or 120 and then turn it off. The lowest mine would go was 170 and I didn't let it cool enough. Which in turn made for a crazy mess to clean up this morning but still worth it in my opinion. Next time I know.
It was hard to get to the top of my oven because the broiler elements and the angle. But I think for what's left the self cleaning will do nicely.
Here are my before and after photos -
|Before (top) and After (bottom)|
|After (top) and Before (bottom)|