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Old 04-06-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default Sorting through our readers’ clutter: Your answers to our Spring Cleaning survey

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Every winter I swear I'll be finished 'spring cleaning' by spring. Every year - I fail miserably. Either I'm lazy/undisciplined or my priorities are screwy. I'll go with the second one.

Seriously my place isn't that bad but... could always be better.

Dust is killing me this year. We're surrounded by construction sites within 3/4 of a mile. No matter which way the wind blows, the dust comes with it. Oh well - it won't last forever, none of us have respiratory issues & I refuse to dust everything every day. I also refuse to shut my windows...LOL

Spring rains are coming - I'll catch up... maybe.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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I don't really do spring cleaning. I do my regular cleaning every weekend, and then do a special project. Last weekend the stove got torn apart and seriousely scrubbed inside and out. This week the outside of the cabinets get cleaned and oiled, then next weekend, the insides get scrubbed. And so it goes....
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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Sue, you can always take a hair dryer on cool and blow most of the dust off quickly. Works pretty good, we used to get a lot of dust, now it's cat hair.

I need to clean my oven but I can't use the normal cleaners because of the fumes. Any idea's? It's not quite a year old and I want to keep it looking really nice.
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Soak it down with a hot water spray then get a metal scraper - 2" blade it fine. Scrape the crap off, then use a mild sop/water mix to clean the stove. Then line the bottom with foil & keep an eye on the foil. When it gets grungy - change it out. Oven racks - I do outside - the fues from oven cleaners make me gag & outside, I can stay upwind as I scrub.
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Thanks Sue! I'll let DH know. He does all of the cleaning like that and he wasn't sure what to use.
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I used to work in an institutional kitchen.

Yes, the metal scraper would work but I steered away from them.

They scratched the porcelain on the inside the stove. Overtime this gives the blurked over food a place to grab and makes subsequent cleaning harder.

I would use a disposable plastic putty knife/scraper after it has received your soaking treatment. Less/no scratches.

Foil lined ovens are good. Toss the grody foil when it is dirty.

Those Scotch Bright pads are good. About 120 grit.

If you really need something stronger the DIY stores have a cleaning section with more aggressive Scotch Bright pads. About 60/80 grit.
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Pot - you're right on all of that. I believe Feather has mobility issues...? Which was why I didn't suggest the hard core scraping/scrubbing methods. I keep tons of those quasi-industrial ScotchBrites here. I find the pads too big so cut them into quarters - easier to hang on to & if they get badly greased up, it's mentally easier to toss a small one than a big one... LOL.

Spray Nine does a great job on bad ovens - some people don't mind the odour - other find it choke inducing.
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Spray Nine works great but it also takes my breath away for a few seconds.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:24 PM   #9
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Try Fast Orange or Gojo.

They are a mechanic's hand cleaner sold in auto parts stores, and have a mild orange scent. No toxic fumes at all. They cut right through cooking grease on the floor next to my stove...and it's a gel so it sticks down where you put it if you want to soak a spot. Some brands have fine particles of pumice in them, others not. We've tried several different brands. They all work great.

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The plastic scrapers are what we have so I figured we could use those. For the scouring pad I was thinking the kind with a handle or even a magic eraser.

Yes, I have mobility issues. I use the scubber with a handle because of it when I try to clean something. I'm going to have DH do the actual cleaning. He can get off the floor without calling the fire department. It's bad enough I am going to have to fix the kitchen sink tomorrow. It's leaking and after he "fixed it", it's leaked even more. The sing is close enough to the basement stairs that I can crawl over and get my legs down on the landing and stand up that way.
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