I suppose everyone has their own idea of what the most hideous job in the kitchen is. I don't really mind doing the dishes, although for some reason I don't really like emptying
the dishwasher, but I do it without complaint.
Without a doubt the worst job would be cleaning the oven.
Years ago I had a continuous cleaning oven which was a real misnomer - continuously dirty would be a more apt name. Plus the surface was rough and hard to wipe.
When we first got a 'self cleaning' oven I was thrilled - till I used it once. That thing turns into a mini crematorium. Horrid smells invaded the entire house. The chemical
cleaners smell like purfume compared to the fumes that spewed forth.
I started reading horrible scary stories of fires and fried circuit boards, ruined ovens and worse. I vowed to never use that darned feature again. It
was back to chemical cleaners and avoidance for me!
Last night, after one too many roast chickens, it became obvious to me that I had to bite the bullet and clean the oven. Out came the chemical spray cleaner and the oven was
thoroughly doused and closed up for the night.
This morning - armed with gloves and paper towels, rags and sponges I faced the most odious task of all. After getting everything wiped up and disposed of it was apparent that
my job was not over. Tiny grease spots marred the surface and the window still looked like it has a bad case of 'the spots'.
As I was scrubbing away I suddenly had a brain storm. Remembering the sanding pads that I got in the paint dept of the hardware store, that I used to clean up some old tools.
I headed to garage, unearthed a couple and set to work on the oven door.
Guess what? NO SCRUBBING! Just wipe a few times and the spots started to vanish! Hallelujah! SUCCESS!
Next I set to work on the rest of the oven - easy as that, the rest of the oven cleaned up like new.
WARNING! Do not use these on anything you don't want to remove the surface of. Because they will indeed remove the surface and then of course you will be hating me and cussing
up a storm. That would not be good, would it?