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Oven Cleaning-the Make Do and Mend way….

I had a bit of a strop recently (most unlike me…!!) at the state of our house.

It is a mess. A big mess.

I have no-one to blame but myself. Well, and the lovely hubby. And quite possibly the Smalls too….

The Smalls are the best at making mess, I am not far behind, and hubby is actually quite tidy.

But NONE of us are good at tidying away.

I keep waiting for the ‘tidy-up fairy’ who would come and tidy up while I was at school when I lived at home, but someone must have forgotten to tell her I’ve moved, so she never comes. And I am still always slightly disappointed when we go out leaving the house a mess, and come back in and the house is still a mess….

So the lovely hubby took a couple of days off recently, and we farmed the Smalls out, and had a big tidy up.

But once you start, it’s hard to stop, and before I knew it, I was CLEANING THE OVEN….


The ‘before’ shot



I had put one of those clever pull out liners in the bottom, so the inside wasn’t too bad, just the door really. I am ashamed to admit that this is the first time I (or anyone else for that matter!) have cleaned the oven since we moved into the house over 2 years ago….

We didn’t have any oven cleaner in the house, and as this is My Make Do and Mend Year, I thought I should follow through, and give the homemade approach to cleaning a go….

This is what I was armed with:

White vinegar and bicarbonate of soda

White vinegar and bicarbonate of soda

And these….


I mixed the vinegar and bicarb into a paste, and then painted onto the oven door using my best party brush…

Oven61A lot of rubbing/scouring with steel wool little bit of elbow grease later, it was looking much better, but still quite smeary. I had tried polishing it with vinegar, but was starting to get cross, so I handed over to hubby at this point, who whipped out his secret weapon….

Atuo-Glym are not sponsoring this post....

Atuo-Glym are not sponsoring this post….

And this was the result…

Hurray!! Sparkly clean

Hurray!! Sparkly clean

Needless to say, I am now full of resolve to clean it much more regularly, so it will be easier…

But we all know I won’t 😉

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  • Reply Emma Croft January 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Hi Jen, Where did you get your enormous contaner of white vinegar? E 🙂

    • Reply Jen January 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Emma. I got it online from Summer Naturals. Do you want me to bring it with me on Saturday?

  • Reply Jude January 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Didn’t the auto glym smell funny and a bit chemical when you used the oven again? Love those bottom liners…just the trick!

    • Reply Jen January 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Didn’t notice anything untoward-you only need a tiny amount!

  • Reply Jemima January 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Blimey I bet my husband has got some of that in the garage, he is a car nut. Will have to give it a go!

    • Reply Jen January 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      I think it is compulsory ‘car-nut’ equipment..!!

  • Reply Disobedient Child January 24, 2013 at 11:43 am

    ‘I keep waiting for the tidy-up fairy, but someone forgot to tell her I moved’ – LOL! She’s been shunning me since I moved out (er, 20 years ago) too – although she was a bit tardy even then. I have a tea-fairy now though, who makes sure I wake up next to a mug of tea every morning, so I guess I can get by. Am adding Maltesers to my cleaning basket ASAP, that’s genius.

    • Reply Jen January 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Maltesers make everything better… 😉

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo January 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I did the vinegar and bicarb thing on mine, and like you, the glass still wasnt very clean. Nice tip about the Autoglym. I have found that soaking the chrome racks in hot water and laundry washing powder makes the crud slide off and they come up brillilantly. Maybe one day I will get round to doing mine (again). :O)

  • Reply Josie-Mary January 24, 2013 at 7:19 am

    wow…. that’s one clean door!!! I hate cleaning my oven 🙁 I’m getting a new one soon so I must keep on top of it. Think I’ll be investing in that glass cleaner x

    • Reply Jen January 24, 2013 at 9:29 am

      I think the Autoglym stuff is just for polishing-stil need to do the elbow grease thing 1st..!

  • Reply notimeforironing January 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Your before picture would be like my after picture with huge amount of scrubbing, I now have oven shame.

    • Reply Jen January 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Surely not! Must have just been a not very good picture…. 🙂 Eat more maltesers….

  • Reply mummigrants January 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Hate hate hate that job! Like the idea of using Malteasers to ease the pain though! 😉

    • Reply Jen January 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      It is soooooo rubbish isn’t it..? Hubby was defrosting the freezer whilst I was doing the oven-not sure who got the worst job? Maltesers helped though. Maltesers always help 🙂

  • Reply janinewoodward (@craftyactivist) January 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Vinegar and Bicarb – my 2 cleaning best friends! Though I also add Borax into the mix: a paste of borax; bicarb and salt – an awesome scrubbing agent for getting through those stubborn stains on kitchen surfaces. And even my non-eco fiance was impressed with how a cloth wrapped in vinegar powered through the limescale on his taps.

    Thanks for sharing – bring on the natural cleaning revolution! 🙂

    • Reply Jen January 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Janine. I do actually have some borax but it didn’t occur to me to use it-DOH! Will try this next time 🙂

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