As renters, you never know what you’re going to find when you move in. The best part of the military move is cleaning other people’s houses–the one you’re leaving and the one you’re moving into. (My husband said, “People are going to think you’re serious.” Hmmm…. That would be sarcasm.) Sometimes, the ovens are so disgusting, we have to break down and use Oven Cleaner. There is no other way to get that crusty, black, burnt meal off from five months back that dripped to the bottom of the oven and stayed there—FOREVER. (Forever should be said in a Darth Vader voice.)
We decided once we finished the Easy-Off cleaner, we wouldn’t buy anymore because we’re trying to get away from the chemicals and there’s no way to recycle any of that mess. We’d try making our own cleaning products instead. As I finished wiping out the oven and stood up to clean the silver drip trays, the oven cleaner sputtered and spewed.
Uh-oh. This was it.
Here we go…..we soaked them in soapy water to no avail.
I added white vinegar.
I scrubbed them with Brillo pads made of steel wool and soap, which are completely biodegradable, and deserving of their own post.
We ended up soaking them in pure white vinegar for two days, and then scrubbed them some more with Brillo Pads and Magic Erasers. Since then I have found Magic Erasers are full of chemicals and won’t buy anymore of those. What a shame. They were so easy to clean with. 😦
The Brillo pads worked better on this task anyway.
What natural products have you used that work? And what have you been able to stop purchasing because of it?
Well, look at that! It worked! I couldn’t believe it.
Other green cleaning products:
Green Irene Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products Review (www.mommyisgreen.net)
Organic and Green Savings: “Green” Household Cleaners (organicmania.com)
Green Cleaning Supplies (sierraclubgreenhome.com)
Benefits of Green Cleaning (blog.cleaningproductsworld.com)
Green Cleaning Products (askmrsclean.com)
Body Care and Cleaning Ingredients to Avoid (eco-officiency.com)
Natural Cleaning Products and Green Cleaning tips (green-house-cleaning-tips.com)