The miracle of baking soda!

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.

Dirt like this makes good appliances look old and crappy.

Dirt like this makes good appliances look old and crappy.

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 had shown the tenant how easily this stove top comes apart for cleaning - all you have to do is lift off the ceramic caps and there it is.

I had shown the tenant how easily this stove top comes apart for cleaning – all you have to do is lift off the ceramic caps and there it is.

 

I dabbed this toothbrush into a paste of Murphy's Oil Soap and baking soda, and scrubbed for about two minutes.

I dabbed this toothbrush into a paste of Murphy’s Oil Soap and baking soda, and scrubbed for a minute. See how the baking soda turns orange – it immediately starts to soak up the grease.

 

A quick rub with a Scotchbright pad...

A quick rub with a Scotchbrite pad… wow, what a difference, eh?

 

Finished product. The little pit above the ceramic cap was already there - be careful  you are scrubbing dirt and not paint!

Finished product. The little pit above the ceramic cap was already there – be careful you are scrubbing dirt and not paint!

I don’t think anybody wants to cook on a dirty stove, or sheesh – stick your food into a crap coated oven?

This is another case of cleaning that should have been done all along.

This is another case of cleaning that should have been done all along.

 

Oh noooooooo!

Oh noooooooo!

Again, a little elbow grease and some gentle cleaners, and within an hour or so it started to look like my stove again.

I was afraid this door would not come clean, but was again amazed by the miracle of baking soda.

I was afraid this door would not come clean, but was again amazed by the miracle of baking soda.  Here, I just smeared on a paste of soda and Murphy’s and let it sit, then rubbed it off. I wish I had taken a picture of the orange baking soda – science!

 

Here was the frustrating part - my tenant had made a half-assed attempt at cleaning, then bailed and left me to finish.

Here was the frustrating part – my tenant had made a half-assed attempt at cleaning, then bailed and left me to finish.

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!

 

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