How long is it since you cleaned your oven door? (nb, if it's recently then that is a rhetorical question).
Well, had you asked me that question yesterday morning then I would have had to confess that it's about ... Ummm, maybe 5 years or so?
Anyway, for some unfathomable reason I decided I WOULD clean mine yesterday.
I didn't think to take any 'before' photos but if I had I would have had to confess that embarrassingly it looked very similar to this:
That's pretty disgusting isn't it?
At least 5 years of grease and baked on gunk ...
So I googled the best way to clean it (bearing in mind I had no oven cleaner and didn't want to go out and buy some).
Loads of posts and videos extolling the virtues of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar which you apparently mixed to a paste, painted on and 10 minutes later VOILA you wipe it off and all the gunk comes with it!!!
If you don't have bicarb you can use baking soda (powder), its got bicarb in it.
If you don't have either well then you'll have to go shopping!
I followed the instructions, left it for 20 minutes (it was VERY dirty).
Wiped and ...
And, well, NOTHING really!!! A rather greasy and grubby paper towel and the door was still just as dirty!
I got a knife and started scraping leaving a lovely pattern all over the door.
I went to the shed and got a paint scraper and got to work.
More lovely patterns but still no actual glass on show.
Then I remembered I had a razor blade given to me by a friend of SD's who sprays cars. They use them to tidy up any paint accidentally sprayed on to windows and he let me have a couple when I was painting the pine cabinet (which I WILL blog about some day!).
By this time the bicarb mix had been sitting for quite some time and had dried so I sprinkled more vinegar on top and wiped it around and left it for a few minutes.
Then I got to scraping with the razor blade.
It took off a layer of gunk and grease but you STILL couldn't see through the glass!
God my oven door was MINGING!!!
To cut a long story short - I repeated this procedure about 4 times over the space of two hours taking another layer off each time and then softening the next layer with the bicarb/vinegar mix.
By the end of it I had serious cramp in my hand - my shoulder was killing me from all the scraping - my back had completely seized up from bending over and I had a blister on my thumb!
I also had THIS:
A sparkling glass door!
Miss Mac was!
Actually, what Miss Mac said was that she didn't realised you were SUPPOSED to be able to see through the door OR that the oven actually had a light in it ...
Do I now clean my oven door on a regular basis so it never gets like that again OR (because despite the aches and pains AND the blister it was quite therapeutic), do I leave it for another 5 years so I can do it all over again?