Isn’t it true that we continuously postpone the dreadful task of cleaning this particular electrical appliance for weeks, months, even years?
We may wipe the glass now and again, but that’s about it. And why is that, when we are very much aware that it is used for cooking food, which then, enters our bodies. A couple of excuses spring to mind:
There is a grain of truth in both pretexts above. And let’s not forget the self-cleaning option that some newer models come with, although cleaning experts insist that this functionality is far from effective when it comes to doing the job perfectly and bringing the equipment to near new condition.
You may question the time relation aspect in the title, but let’s think about this in more detail. I believe, many would agree with me that we give our oven a good rest during the hot months of the year. All those restaurants and cafes we go to dine, enjoying the sea view from the lovely terrace, all those takeaways that we grab after an enjoyable day on the beach. And what about the camping holidays, when we have supper around the fire or the number of barbecues we attend? On this list, we can add the so popular picnics with the kids and the numerous garden dinner parties that we host in the summer. Besides, who wants to scurry up and down, stressed and sweating, standing next to the heated oven, when it is scorching hot outside.
To sum it up: not in use – so why even thinking about cleaning it?
Right, as soon as the colder, gloomy and rainy weather sets in, we suddenly find ourselves digging out the old cooking recipe books from the bottom kitchen unit drawer. We start dreaming about preparing hearty meals, like the delicious roast lamb in a mint sauce for the coming Sunday or the grilled delicate salmon fillets, the hubby loves so much. And what about the chocolate or savoury cheese muffins, the kids adore or the almond cookies, they want to help make with you? Yes, we don’t even notice how our temporarily forgotten oven all of а sudden gets brought back to life again.
And then, the disaster strikes… We find that the grilled fish tastes a bit funny and the cookies smell of burnt food. It could be worse, of course: the kitchen may fill up with unpleasant smoke, caused by layers of burnt food that have accumulated on the electrical elements and oven walls.
There are plenty of specially designed oven cleaning products on the market, should you skip the option of hiring the professionals to do it for you. However, many of us feel reluctant to use the powerful chemicals, containing harmful ingredients, which successfully compete with toilet cleaning products with regards to their toxicity.
So, here is my green cleaning tip on how to make your cooking appliance look as new:
You should end up with a paste-like cleaner. If it is too runny, just add a little bit of baking soda.
Voila! Now you can enjoy your healthy winter cooking!