We are down to a matter of minutes before Thanksgiving is here! I hope you all have your turkeys defrosting and shopping lists ready! I cannot wait for the smell of fresh baked goodness coming out of the oven. But unfortunately, right now, the only smells coming out of my oven are the smells of charred cheese and blackened bits of burned food from years of use. Once upon a time I used the self-cleaning feature to clean my oven and nearly suffocated from the fumes. I had to open all my windows and turn on the fans to keep from choking on the smell. It took me weeks to get the stink out. Phew-wee. So this year I decided to take the old fashioned elbow grease route, and it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought!
Are you ready to see it? My embarrassing oven “before” photo? Here you go! Enjoy….
Yeah. It’s gross. I know. BUT.
I’m here to tell you how I cleaned it quicker than you can say greasy, grimy gopher guts. Thieves Household Cleaner has no crazy chemicals that make you want to choke. It’s 100% plant and mineral based, so it’s safe, all-natural and amazingly effective at cleaning up gross things around my house. I have used it to remove all sorts of stuff, including blood stains from fabric (which I won’t get all TMI about, but it totally WORKED!) and mud from white pants. I love this stuff! I keep several bottles mixed up all around my house-upstairs and down, so I won’t have to search for it when I need it. The dilution ratios are found on the Young Living website, but for heavy degreasing you’ll need about 15 parts water to 1 part Thieves cleaner (so 15 ounces of water and 1 ounce Thieves cleaner). For lighter household stuff the dilution ratio is 60:1, which makes this cleaner go a loooooooooooong way! (That’s 8,640 ounces of cleaner, if you’re a math person.)
I buy these cobalt blue trigger spray bottles from a few different places online- where ever is cheapest.
You’ll also need a roll of paper towels, a magic eraser and also a nylon scraper, if you have one. I used my beloved Thieves cleaner in a spray bottle, giving all the grimy parts a quick once over with the spray, leaving it soapy. Then let it sit and soak for about 30 minutes while you go about your holiday baking business.
Use that nylon scraper to remove the worst of the stuck-on bits, then scrub the rest with a magic eraser until Mr. Clean begins to squeak like Stuart Little running on a stress test treadmill. Scrub, scrub, scrub. And before you know it, you’ll have a shiny, clean oven!
Did you know that’s all it takes? A little elbow grease and some Thieves cleaner will make it go from this to this:
…all cooked inside your shiny, gleaming oven, both inside and out!
Who else is ready for the Holidays??
Bring it on, Thanksgiving!
Shameless plug: I sell Young Living products, so if you would like to purchase some Thieves Cleaner, please check out this post on how to order Young Living products from me. It’s got about a million different uses, but it’s also great at killing germs! In a published study, Thieves oil was 99.6% effective at killing airborne bacteria. With germ season upon us, every household needs some Thieves. And, as a bonus, since it contains cinnamon, clove and other delicious smelling essential oils… it will make your house smell like the Holidays before you even cook a single thing!