Now that the holidays are around the corner and varied relatives will be descending on my home, the time has come to tackle the cheese-burned oven. After all, when the family arrives on Thanksgiving Day it’s probably best they aren't greeted with the smell of last year's burnt bread crumbs that are stuck in the bottom of my very dirty oven.
I decided to try Easy-Off Oven Cleaner because it’s non-corrosive, fume-free, and the packaging promises to deliver a sparkling clean oven with just a few sprays and very little elbow grease. Little scrubbing and no toxic fumes? (Who has the time to pack up the baby and vacate the house for two days?) This oven cleaner seemed right up my alley!
1) a two-hour cleaning method in which I could leave the oven off, spray the cleaner, allow the foam to penetrate the soiled spots for two hours then wipe clean with a sponge or paper towel;
2) an overnight cleaning in which I could spray the cleaner, allow the foam to remain on overnight and then wipe clean in the morning (oven remains off as well);
3) or a spot cleaning method in which I would spray, leave on for a minute, and wipe clean.
I'm all for the easy route so I choose method number 2, the overnight cleaning. I simply cracked open the oven, found the spots boasting last year's food remains, sprayed a few inches away, shut the oven door and went to bed.
All night long I kept thinking that the cleaning fairies were visiting my house and they were in that oven scrubbing and scrubbing while I slept. I started to feel guilty (not really).
In the morning when I went to wipe, it was a true miracle. No fuss, no mess and no hard scrubbing. At first I used paper towels to wipe everything away and it looked good but I really wanted it to sparkle so next I used a sponge to scrub a little excess grease off and it made a huge difference.
In fact, I can't wait to do this again after cooking Thanksgiving dinner because I know that giant turkey is going to spill juice in my now clean oven. Time to call back those oven fairies...