4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Assignment #12 Update

If you missed this morning’s assignment, you can check it out here.

So, do you all want to know the truth? I haven’t cleaned my oven since we moved to this house. I’ve wiped up a few spills, but haven’t given it a serious scrubbing since we moved in almost two years ago (wow, has it really been that long?!).

Some of you are probably reeling from shock just thinking of how horrific that is that I wouldn’t clean my oven on a weekly basis.

And maybe others of you are breathing a big sigh of relief that you’re not the only one? :)

At any rate, I got out the baking soda and started scrubbing this morning.

Honestly, it wasn’t that bad at all.

But I did find some burned on gunk on the racks that was very persistent. I finally gave up on getting it completely off (anyone have suggestions for how to miraculously take stubborn stuff off oven racks?!).

I also discovered this at the bottom of the oven. It appeared to be some kind of hard plastic. I’m not sure what it is or how long it’s been in there but you would think that if it were plastic, it would have smelled like plastic every time I used my oven recently, right? So I have no idea, but I’m glad to have it out of there.

I also cleaned out the drawer underneath the oven while I was at it. It was in dire need of cleaning as it seems to be one giant crumb catcher!

And finally, I tackled the stovetop and the microwave, neither of which were too bad since I do clean those on a regular basis.

My pile of 7+ things to get rid of today — mostly well, well used foil pans I found stashed in the drawer under the stove and decided were well past their prime.

How did you do on Assignment #12? I’d love to have you share your progress and success with us so we can be inspired. Either post a link to your blog post below or leave a comment with your update.

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  1. Marie Moss says

    For the burnt stuck on stuff on your wire racks try a magic eraser. I know I use mine to get grease and burnt on stuff off my pots and pans.

  2. Danielle says

    Try steel wool for that metal oven rack with the burnt on gunk. It works amazingly!

  3. Heather says

    For the oven rack you can try this trick I use for my stovetop grates. I put them in a plastic bag ( you could use a garbage bag) with a little ammonia. You don’t need a lot of ammonia, it’s the fumes that do the cleaning. Let sit in the bag overnight. The fumes are awful when you empty the bag but it works like a charm. No scrubbing needed.

  4. Angie says

    I can beat you on that one….hadn’t cleaned ours in about 10 years! I was intimidated by the whole idea but of course, like many things I procrastinate about, once I did it, it wasn’t so bad and I thought why didn’t I do it sooner!!

  5. Leslie says

    Have you ever heard of “Awesome”? I get it concentrated at Dollar General whenever it’s available. There’s another customer who waits for every Tuesday for the shipment to come in and beats me to it at times. It’s a degreaser that truly IS Awesome! Just spray on as directed and leave for an hour or so (depends on the build-up). Then, with rubber gloves on, use some of your left over foil (from other meals etc.) and go over each wire like a breeze! (I’ve also used my wire brush that I clean my grill with) I then season it lightly with Pam on a paper towel, making it easier each time for the deeper cleaning. I finally found my “Awesome” miracle!

    • Abigail says

      Love Awesome! We use it on just about everything. Even when the car gets extra dirty!

  6. cheryl says

    I also heard of putting your oven racks in a large trash bag with amonia and let sit out on your porch overnight. I heard this on the radio show, Listen to the Mrs. Its a great fun show that gives out household tips and recipes on AM 790 in michigan. They also run the show live online from 10 am to 11:30 am mon-fri and 10 to 11 on saturday.

  7. says

    I have heard for cleaning oven racks and for bar-b-que grills it helps to lay them in the grass over night, then first thing in the morning while there is still dew on them you scrub them – supposedly there is some natural chemical in the dew that disintegrates the grease.

    • Alyssa says

      This is what I do and it really works! I just toss them out the night before and clean them first thing in the morning.

  8. Ann says

    My suggestion for cleaning oven racks is to soak them in the bathtub, in hot soapy water for 1.5-2 hrs, then use a scrubber or scratcher. Just be sure to take a dishtowel with you, so you can dry it before returning to the kitchen. :)