This could be a new sport. Yes I know my oven is self cleaning BUT the last time I cleaned it the darn thing locked and Mr Fixit had to come and unlock it for me and I think he charged well over 100 dollars to do so. SO I clean it myself…and save 100 dollars.
I don’t use smelly caustic oven cleaners either…I use baking soda and a green 3 M scratch pad thingy and lots of elbow grease…and some super duper athletic moves.
I practically have to do an arabesque to get close enough to clean the sides of the oven. I was wishing that my kitchen was a true galley kitchen that way I could have put one leg up on a cupboard for support! A modified yoga move called a Downward – facing dog will get me to the back wall of the oven. At one point I got dizzy…too much blood up there in my head. When I broke into a sweat Far Guy took over for a bit…it was nice to have a break. Too bad they don’t design an oven with a removable door so you could get closer to scour…you have to be careful too…one false arabesque or doggie move will take out that oven door that you have been cussing. Luckily that did not happen. The oven racks were scrubbed and scrubbed until they looked like new and I will be protective of them for a few weeks anyway. I laid on the floor to clean under the stove…I was almost long armed enough to reach all the way to the wall…I had to use Far Guy’s Mom’s old picker upper with a rag on the end of it to reach the far wall. Everything that could be taken apart was taken apart. I cleaned as far down in the downdraft vent as my hand would let me without getting stuck.
The first part of the day was spent moving the fridge out of it’s spot. I had cleaned it inside a few weeks ago…yeah me!
Yes I know none of the appliances match…who wants to be all matchy matchy anyways. Some day this 20 year old Amana refrigerator will bite the dust and I can get a black one…or one of those fancy smancy silver ones. I hope my Jenn-Air never bites the dust as they are pretty expensive now …it was one thing that I splurged on when we built the house.
The kitchen has been holding me hostage this week. I am happy to be almost done…so happy I am taking today off…the open cupboards above the sink is all that is left and I hear there is a snowstorm coming so I will clean all those dishes and shelves during the snowstorm.
It feels really good to be almost done with this spring cleaning project. In case you were wondering, all the cabinets by the fridge were custom built by a local craftsman….when I needed the rest of the cabinets for the kitchen he was too busy to do them so he gave Far Guy lessons and Far Guy and I built them piece by piece. We designed them and built them. The drawers were the pits to make…but I love them.