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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home {Simplified}: Day 12 Update

If you missed this morning’s assignment, find it here.

Today was another big day — and it was exciting, too! As of this morning, we’re now the owners of our first rental house!

I thought that today’s project would be pretty simple… and the microwave and stovetop weren’t too bad.

I typically clean them thoroughly at least a few times a week so they never get too awful.

And, just as I thought, they were bought fairly simple to clean.

But the oven… oh my! It was bad, with a capital B. I had forgotten that my Thanksgiving Apple Pies had spilled over. And burned on the bottom of the oven. Of course.

{Brace yourself if you are OCD about having a clean oven. In fact, you might just want to stop right here and skip to the next post.}

This is just a sampling of some of the burned gunk I cleaned off the bottom of my oven. Gross, I know!

It feels so good to know that all of that is cleaned out. And the house will likely smell better when I’m baking now, too! 😉

How you do on Day 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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  • Jami says:

    I line the bottom of my oven with tinfoil so I can just replace it when something gets burnt on it. Just a thought to make life a little easier.

    • Merry Jo says:

      I was just going to share the same tip! It has saved me quite a few times from having to scrub the bottom of the oven! 🙂 And my husband finally agrees since he thought it wasn’t necessary, then something boiled over, we forgot about it, and then the next time I turned on the oven, there was literally a fire in the bottom… :/

  • Congratulations on your new rental house! That’s very exciting 🙂

  • cassi says:

    I really have no idea what I am doing right but I have never cleaned my oven (I think I may have done the self clean cycle once) and I opened it to check it out and there isn’t anything in the oven…it looks clean. I use it a lot too usually 3-5 times during the week and sometimes more than once a day on weekends. Maybe I have an oven elf?

  • Shelly says:

    My oven was so much better this time around. When I followed along with the original of this series it took me quite a while to get the oven clean. Today was much easier to get the oven done.

    Very exciting news about your rental house.

  • Victoria says:

    Congratulations on your new rental!

  • Meredith says:

    I didn’t have time to do the oven but am going to tackle it today…along with getting rid of the soggy leftovers in the fridge. I haven’t cleaned out the oven in about a year so don’t worry about the way yours looks. I think I am going to take the advice and put some foil down there!

  • Jenny says:

    Congratulations on your new rental?

    Does anyone have tips or tricks for getting the grime off the oven door? It’s brown and baked on there… I tried soap and water AND bleach yesterday to no avail. More elbow grease? Product recommendation?

    • Jenny says:

      Oops that was supposed to be CONGRATULATIONS on your new rental!

      Correct punctuation makes a difference 🙂

    • Sandy B says:

      I have a self-cleaning oven, but I don’t use it anymore after hearing about the harmful fumes. I use baking soda and water and it does a good job, though a little more elbow grease :). I also use my Shark steam cleaner sometimes. Yesterday I cleaned my oven door (which was pretty grimy from Thanksgiving cooking). I sprinkled baking soda over it, drizzled a little water and let it sit a few minutes. Then I sprayed with the steamer and it came out great, but just baking soda and water may do it.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I go for the gusto to see how many chemicals I can inhale and use no bake oven cleaner never had a problem … well that and steel wool lol Now INSIDE the door there’s gunk 😛 I haven’t had enough motivation to sit down with a screw drive and disassemble my oven. Good luck!

    • Christi says:

      I would also like to know if anyone has any suggestions for cleaning the grime off the oven door, and also a easier product to clean the get the oven cleaner.

      Thank you!

    • Emily says:

      I’ve used a “paste” of baking soda and water with great success in the past. The oven door in one of our rental houses was brown and I couldn’t see through it at all – but the baking soda paste worked miracles on it!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I skipped the oven cleaning (as my daughter walks in to have me brush her hair and she asked, being rather confused about those first few words on why I said that) because I scrubbed it out before thanksgiving I took the door off and gave it a good scrub and then steamed it. I should have looked because of after thanksgiving but the truth is I’d need to remove the bottom panels (gas oven) and just didn’t feel like tearing apart my oven again (well that and having to push through work with a fever came home and slept :P). And your microwave was darn near pristine! Another thing I cleaned before thanksgiving and it took me awhile to steam out. You must clean it a LOT or have splatter guards and stuff or hardly use it. If you think that one is dirty I’ll take a picture of the one at work that I don’t think has been cleaned ever well at least not in the 6 years I’ve been there LOL.

  • Lana says:

    I had the same apple pie mess in my oven! When will I learn to put something under the pie??

  • Jennifer says:

    I noticed that you use Easy off one step for your glass top oven. I’ve been looking for a good cleaner that doesn’t leave a smear or residue!

    Do you like the Easy off? Any special rag/wipe that you use to wipe up the cleaner?

    I just got the glass top and not really a fan b/c I don’t know how to clean it so it looks clean. Anyone HELP PLEASE!

    • Crystal says:

      That’s just what was left at the house when we bought it two years ago, so that’s what I’ve used since then as my bottle of it is still going strong.

      Maybe some others have better suggestions?

  • VelmaD says:

    I usually just flip through the comments looking for hints I can use, so today I’m excited about perhaps offering a fabulous alternative solution for cleaning ovens (and barbecues). I’m a Norwex consultant; Norwex’s goal is to reduce use of and exposure to chemicals in cleaning and personal care products. Their oven cleaner is water-based, non-caustic, and biodegradable. No chemicals. A warm oven activates the enzymes and within 10-15 minutes you will be able to wipe it clean (door and window, too) using a wet cloth. Once you’ve done the initial major cleaning job, it’s just a matter of spot cleaning as needed.
    On my website Oven & Grill Cleaner is under Products, then Home Essentials, but there’s not much info there. Email me for the product information sheet, including before & after pictures.

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