Baking soda is incredible stuff. It doesn’t scratch like the commercial cleaners, but somehow it gets off stains that look like they are there for good. Especially grease.
I was pretty distressed when I saw the stove in my rental the other day. It looked as though the tenants had attempted to clean it, but bailed out half way through, leaving grease soaked baking soda smeared all over it. Some people think they just have to make an attempt.
It is frustrating – they left the whole thing looking terrible, and stinking to high heaven. Within an hour and a half, I had it looking like the oven they moved in on, but it took another kind of grease – elbow grease.
I don’t think anybody wants to cook on a dirty stove, or sheesh – stick your food into a crap coated oven?
Again, a little elbow grease and some gentle cleaners, and within an hour or so it started to look like my stove again.
When I pulled the broiler drawer forward I found a big mess in the bottom of the stove. I was kind of freaked, but my husband made quick work of it with his shop vac, then I got down there and scrubbed it out. Today I have to go back under there with a dry toothbrush and the shop vac to get the excess baking soda out of the broiler drawer tracks, the drawer sticks. Yes, there will be profanity. My close friend and constant companion, Arthur Itis, has been bitching and moaning since we did the first walk thru.
You are damned right I charge money for this. I keep close track of my time – I learned from my accountant, Burge, who had a little ticker. When he was asking me questions about my taxes, the ticker was running, but if he wanted to talk about arrowheads or other trivial chatter, he reached over and turned it off. When my son comes in to show me some pictures he’s taken, I take mental tab of the time I stand chattering with him. I’m fair, in fact, I usually round down anything under 15 minutes, something I learned from our homeopath.
The stove is probably the biggest time consumer, but the toilets are always the most disgusting.
Next time on “This Old Crapper,” with Juanita!