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Ann Torrence
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It's long overdue and the battle to get Thanksgiving dinner on the table made it a near emergency. The oven must be cleaned.

I read on Lifehacker that using the self-cleaning feature can actually damage the oven. And I'm not one to burn that much electricity to save some elbow grease. And wearing out the oven sooner doesn't sound wise in terms of minimizing waste.

But the alternative is some stinky chemicals and a lot of water, now fouled, going into the septic tank and my land.

What would an eco-warrior do?
 
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Hi Ann,
In our home restoration work, we clean a lot of different things and almost always use oxiclean. We use it to scrub old dirty cedar roofs, decks, floors before tile and all manner of nastiness is alleviated with the power of oxi. Mix it thick and leave it on a warm oven for a while and you should have a pretty clean oven, not as clean as chemies, but no toxic residue. We have washed gallons of the stuff off onto plants and they never seem to mind.
 
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Ann Torrence wrote:The oven must be cleaned.


Oh, me too. I had made a quiche a few weeks back and spill some as I put it in the oven. The last few times I've had it going, lots of smoke came out of the oven & I just turned on the vent. I cleaned the bottom of the oven with just soap and water but man, the soot got all over everything!

Guess I'll try oxiclean. Even the sink looks dirty now!
 
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Putty knife for the chunks and let the rest be seasoning.
 
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