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How to Remove Grease Stains from an Oven (Without Scrubbing!)
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For most busy moms, a clean oven is only on your priority list when you need to use it. You’ve got a family to feed and demand that oven to be clean — now! Here’s the problem: most household oven cleaners take an hours-long process to work. But even worse than the time investment, you’re also faced with the most gut-wrenching fumes (even worse than your baby’s worst diaper explosion). Nobody’s got time for that! We’ve found a shortcut that will not only save you hours but will also save your back since you won’t have to get on hands and knees to scrub out your oven grime. The Secret Weapon: Baking Soda and Water Most households have everything they need to clean an oven: the almighty baking soda and water duo. Dump three tablespoons of baking soda in a spray bottle, then add enough water to dissolve it. Alternatively, you can make a thick paste with baking soda and water and spread it throughout your oven, but this takes a little more effort. Once you’ve cleaned up from dinner and won’t need your oven until the next day, remove the oven racks and spray your homemade cleaning solution throughout the oven. Then go to bed and dream sweet dreams of a clean, stink-free oven. The solution should soak for about 12 hours. Overnight, the solution will run down the sides of the oven and loosen any gunk or debris that’s caking your oven walls. The next day, you can use a wet cloth to wipe the oven walls and floors. If any grease remains, repeat the process again. How Often to Clean Your Oven Oven cleaning frequency largely depends on how much you use it. For example, if you cook every day, then you should perform the above baking soda miracle about once every three months. If you’re not a frequent user, then one or two times per year should do the trick. However, if you notice any foul smells, smoldering bits on the oven floor, or the door is splattered in grease, then a quick spray clean won’t hurt. We’re the experts in all things house cleaning. Let us help you take the guesswork out of a sparkling home!
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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Spring Cleaning
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Spring cleaning might not be at the top of your priority list, but consider that its benefits go well beyond a clean house. Take a look at some of the biggest reasons why you should give your home a deep cleaning when the weather warms: Better Breathing Today’s homes are sealed and insulated better than ever, and while that’s good news for your winter heating bill, it can wreak havoc on your lungs. Indoor air (and its contaminants) have nowhere to go, which could increase allergy symptoms. Spring is the perfect opportunity to air out your house to help you breathe better. And as you clean, you’ll be getting rid of dust and debris that could be putting a damper on your respiratory health. Less Clutter Clutter creates chaos and can make you feel stressed or anxious. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to purge all the unwanted items that have been building up in your home. Give them away to charity or hold a yard sale to make some money! Physical Activity If you’re doing your own spring cleaning, consider it your exercise for the day. From sweeping to dusting to mopping, any type of continuous movement can burn calories, exercise your muscles, and do your body a favor. Peace of Mind There’s no telling what you’ll find when you start deep cleaning your home, and sometimes, that’s a good thing! Spring cleaning is an excellent way to locate items you thought you lost. And if you clean long enough, you may even enjoy a better night’s sleep after a day’s worth of hard (and rewarding) work. Cleaning has also been shown to boost endorphins and increase feelings of well-being. A clean home is a happy home, after all. A Cleaner Home (Obviously!) If your home is starting to show its age, there’s nothing like a spring cleaning session to rejuvenate it. When we see our homes every day, we tend to overlook problem areas that other people would spot right away. As you start cleaning, you may find opportunities to improve your home or repairs that need to be made to keep your home looking and functioning like new. Spring cleaning comes once a year, but when done right, you can enjoy the benefits all year long!
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