Tips for Cleaning Your Oven Racks

In our last blog we talked about some tips to help you get your dirty oven back to its best and promised that the next one would be how to clean the racks and shelves. Well, guess what! Here it is!

In many ways, cleaning the oven is the easy part. It has large open surfaces and you can easily see the progress you're making, but the racks are an entirely different proposition. They're fiddly enough when they're clean but once pitted with food stains they become awkward to handle and, 'thanks' to their design, you can work on them for ages without seeing any real result. If you recognise that scene then welcome to the club.  Of course, there are plenty of products you can use to get them shiny, but they often use very harsh chemicals which make an unpleasant job even more so. We've got a way to do it without any chemicals or toxic substances. The price for that is that it will take all night, but don't worry. You don't have to sit there for that long!

First thing you'll have to do is put them in the bath. Yes, that's right. The bath! Before you put them in there, it's a good idea to put an old towel in the bottom of the bath first. This will stop the racks staining or scratching your bathtub. Once done, lay the racks onto the towel and fill the bath so they are completely submerged. You don't have to fill it to the brim, just enough to completely cover the racks. Don't put ANY cold water in. For this to work, the water needs to be HOT! HOT! HOT! If your bathtub can stand it, it might be worth boiling the kettle once of twice to make sure it's hot enough. Once they're covered, add around half-a-cup of washing (or dishwasher) powder into the bath and slosh it around so it's well mixed with the water. Remember the water is going to be hot, so don't use your hand and be careful. A wooden spoon might help here.

After that, just leave it overnight (or around 4 hours if you've got time during the day). When you wake up in the morning, the grease and baked-on stains will have magically disappeared or, at least, loose enough to simply rinse away! Pull the plug and rinse the bath with cold water to get rid of the dirty water and any excess powder. There you have it, wonderfully clean oven racks to go with your lovely clean oven!

If you've got any tips, please leave us a comment below. If there's anything you'd like help with, again, just leave a comment and we'll do our best to help you out.


5 Tips for Cleaning Your Oven!

Oven cleaning. It's a dirty job but somebody's got to do it, right? We all love a clean oven, but no-one loves an oven clean. Well, that's not strictly true, the team at The Lemon Cleaning Company do (we're weird like that!). Seeing a grimy, dirty oven transform into a gleaming feast of shiny glass and chrome is a wondrous thing. I told you we were wierd.

In these modern times, I know some ovens have a 'self-cleaning' option which basically heats the oven up to such a degree that any grime is burnt to a crisp which can then, in theory, then be swept away. In our experience, this works better in theory than in practice. It can often make things worse and will set off your smoke alarms like never before! You can also buy some purpose-built oven cleaner but these are full of really harsh chemicals and may even take your breath and your eyebrows away with them. 

If you don't fancy hiring us to do it (although you really should and here's why!), here are our top 5 lemony tips for cleaning your oven! Before you start, make sure you have a few things handy. You'll need rubber gloves, a small mirror, 2 sponges, a little bicarbonate of soda, some white vinegar, a pot of elbow grease, a little patience and a glass of wine (red or white). Bear in mind this is an all natural way to clean your oven; there are no harsh chemicals involved here. We'll cover how to clean the trays and racks in the next blog!

1. Most of the dirt within your oven will be grime so the first thing you'll have to do is to get rid of it. Take the bicarbonate of soda (bicarb) and mix it in a small bowl with a little water to make a spreadable paste. It usually works out with about 1/2 cup of bicarb to 3 tablespoons of water, but you may need to adjust this slightly. Once it's ready, spread it on the door and the other parts of the oven, but avoid the heating element. It will probably turn a brown colour as you apply and it may appear 'thicker' in some areas than others but don't worry about that. Once done, leave it overnight or for about 12 hours (I told you that you needed patience!). In this period, you can take the time to clean the trays and racks but, as I said, we'll do that next time.

2. Once the time has elapsed, it's time to clean off the bicarb paste. Take a damp cloth and remove the paste as best you can. A spatula can come in handy here, but don't use your best one!. In some of the more hard to reach corners, spray some white vinegar on it until it starts to fizz. Take a scouring pad, slightly dampened, and start to remove it as best you can. If it's really stuck you may have to do this a couple of times to get the worst of it up.

3. Next stop is cleaning the ceiling of the oven. This again can be tricky and if you've got a bad back or knees it can be awkward to clean. To help, take your mirror and place it on the bottom of the oven. This helps you to see the ceiling of the oven without creaking your neck and will allow you to see any spots you might have missed via the mirror.

4. Once you've done the whole oven, you need to rinse it. Before you got reaching for the garden hose, don't! Wash out the sponges so there is only water left on them but dry them as best you can. Give the oven a good wipe removing any remaining residue from the bicarb. This might take a little patience to get everything, particular in the corners or hinges, but then there's no point do it if you're not going to do it all.

5. By this time you should only have the wine left. The final tip is the easiest. Congratulate yourself for a job well done, go sit down and drink the wine. You can repeat this step as often as you like! ;-)

If you don't fancy tackling the job yourself, just give our team a call and we'll happily do it for you in much less time. For more details, just click here!



Here We Go!

Well here we are! The Lemon Cleaning Company has finally been born. Whilst it didn't take 9 months it has been a few weeks of soul-searching, indecision and anxiety but we're here now, safe, healthy and ready to clean your house and iron your clothes like never before.

It's been a difficult few years personally and professionally, but I am more determined than ever to make a success of this business and I hope you can play even a small part in that. Let me know via the comments below if there's anything you'd like to see on the site. I'll be trying my very best to keep this blog up-to-date with interesting articles and the odd-random piece about whatever comes into my mind so keep an eye on it. You can always follow us on Twitter or 'Like' us on Facebook so you'll never miss a thing.