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The cleaning job that I dread doing the most is cleaning the oven, my fan assisted oven seems to get so dirty so quickly and can take forever to clean. Over time I have tried several oven cleaners and normally use the Mr Muscle one which is brilliant but the fumes are almost unbearable. So when shopping for my last lot of oven cleaner I spotted the Cif one and as it states on the bottle that it is 'fume-free' I thought it would be worth a try.
The Cif oven cleaner is made by unilever comes in a 500ml bright green plastic trigger spray bottle. I purchased my bottle from Tesco when they had a promotion on and paid just £1.49 but have just checked their website (www.tesco.com) where it is currently full price at £4.09. I think the full price is very expensive and I would certainly have to think twice about spending this much on a oven cleaner.
Using the oven cleaner is really easy, on the first use you need to break the red trigger seal by squeezing the clasp and pulling it down. Then you simply spray the cleaner on your cold oven, it is a little hard to do the top of your oven as with it being a trigger spray it does not work when you hold it upside down. I tend to do the top a few sprays at a time and get there in the end. You then leave the cleaner on as it states on the bottle between 15-60 minutes depending on how soiled the oven is before cleaning off. After you have finished with the spray you can replace the safety clasp, personally I don't bother doing this as I do not have any children and my husband would not dream of touching a cleaning product!!
The one great thing when using this oven cleaner is that when I was spraying it on the oven I didn't have to cover my mouth and didn't end up chocking on the fumes as I have done so many times before with other oven cleaners. There is still a fairly strong chemical smell but it is not anywhere near as intense as other oven cleaners.
I generally leave the cleaner on for the maximum time and have even left it for longer and it has not had any adverse effect on my oven. To remove the cleaner I usually use warm water with a little washing up liquid and a cloth then repeat with plain water to remove any last traces. It is important that you remove all of the cleaner as otherwise when you come to use the oven again it will smell quite strongly of chemicals.
When I use strong cleaning products like oven cleaner I always use rubber gloves as I have quite sensitive skin. If you do get the cleaner on your skin it is advised that you rinse it off immediately with water to prevent any reaction or irritation to your skin.
Overall I have been rather impressed with this oven cleaner it works very well as it lifts of the grease and burnt on food. I still find myself reaching for a brillo pad to remove all the dirt from the shelves but unfortunately I don't think I will ever find a cleaner that does not require me to put in a little elbo grease. The cleaner also rinses off well and does not leave any unsightly residue on the oven. I will certainly purchaser this oven cleaner again as I think it has great cleaning power and the lack of fumes is fantastic, it is just a shame it is so expensive at full price.
Cif Oven Fume Free Spray
We have recently moved home and before we did I threw out quite a few half full or nearly empty cleaning products, having a bit of a spring clean so to speak of all the products that we no longer really used on a regular basis. However, I realised that I had mistakenly thrown out the oven cleaning spray and I needed to get another one if I wanted to cook anything else in the oven without creating wafts of smoke.
Cif is a brand that although has had a name change and a bit of a recent revamp is something that has been around since my childhood and I use a lot of their products. What really attracted me to this product above some of the others is that it made fume free claims. Anyone that has used oven cleaner will know that it usually comes with a strong fumigating smell that lingers more than you would want it to. When you spray this it really is so much better than some of the other oven cleaners I have used, you don't feel choked up and it doesn't have that toxic aroma. It really is pretty close to being fume free.
When I use this I tend to spray this quite heavily, I like to make sure all the bits that need cleaning gets a good coverage. Then I usually make myself a nice cup of tea and leave the oven cleaner to work its magic. You can leave this on for quite a while if you have really tough dirt to remove. I tend to clean my oven every couple of weeks or more often if I cook anything messy, so usually after leaving the oven cleaner on for only fifteen minutes I am good to go.
There is no denying that you still require a good dose of elbow grease to give your oven a good rub and get it looking clean. However, the Cif oven cleaner really does a good job at making this as pain free as possible. When you rub it I use a damp cloth and it wipes away all the burnt up grime. This is easy to wipe off but it does take a good few minutes to make sure you have the entire oven washed and cleaned. I also always wear rubber gloves while using this because it is a strong cleaner and if you leave it on your hands it might not be very great for your skin.
As of yet we don't have any little people running around the house to keep this out of the way from, but I do like that it also has an extra safety clasp on it, just in case.
This is available from most supermarkets and I paid around £4 for my bottle. This also last for a long time and after two months I still have quite a lot left to use.
I don't think I would be tempted to buy any other oven cleaner, this works really well for me and I love the fact that it is fume free. Overall, this deserves a well earned five out of five star rating. I would recommend this to everybody, as it makes an unpleasant task that bit more pleasant by being fume free.
I was tempted to tweet for the first time in my life today, after cleaning my oven (unsurprisingly) with Cif Oven Cleaner.
My boyfriend is an absolutely fantastic cook. The things that come out of his oven are, without exception, incredible. However he's not one for cleaning and the burnt on grease has become something of an art installation.
I moved in with him about 9 months ago and every week I try and tackle the grease. Between the repellent stick of 10 year old fat and the suffocatingly chemical properties of most oven cleaners this has never been a rewarding task, not least because nothing actually seemed to make the oven any cleaner. Until today.... I sprayed the oven cleaner onto the oven, went and got a coffee, came back and just wiped it off. Just wiped it off!!!! It was amazing. "People should know about this" I thought, so I'm telling you, people, it's brilliant. Due to my own enthusiasm I totally forgot to wear gloves, and yes, as per the label it is irritating to the skin but they tried to warn me. It literally does everything it promises.
I may just cook a celebratory cake.
I was looking through the cupboard under the kitchen sink for my soda crystals the other day when I found a curious looking lime green spray bottle, I took it out to inspect and found it said something even stranger on the label - oven cleaner.
Hmmm what is this strange thing?
Apparently it's fume free oven cleaner made by Cif. I can't even remember buying this stuff, if I'm honest it must have been lurking in the murky depths of the cupboard for well over a year because we've had our cooker for thirteen months and we were planning on buying it for a couple of months before that and well honestly who would clean an oven they were planning on taking to the dump?
Well today I decided that I would give the oven a clean, I don't know why it was just one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time. I'd just baked a cake and I vaguely remembering my mum having an oven cleaner that needed the oven to be warm so I thought I would do it when it had cooled down a bit, reading the instructions I found out that it should be used on a cold oven so I left the bottle on the work top next to the oven as a reminder of what I had promised myself I would do.
When the oven was cold I took out the shelves and proceeded to spray the cleaner over the bottom of the oven, then I had to decide on how long to leave it on for: 15 minutes for light - medium soiled areas, 30 minutes for medium soiled areas or 30 - 60 minutes for heavy soiled areas. Not being sure how soiled it would be considered I reasoned that it wasn't heavily soiled (I could still see some of the bottom of the oven) I guessed it might be medium and I'd leave it for 30 minutes.
When the 30 minutes were up I donned my rubber gloves, filled the washing up bowl with warm water and grabbed a microfiber cloth.
I found that most of the grime wiped off of the oven bottom quite easily, there were some patches that needed a bit of elbow grease and there were one or two that probably needed the spray to be left on a bit longer.
I did spray some onto the shelves of the oven too but it didn't seem to work on them. I think Brillo pads would work better.
Although the spray is fume free I thought it still had the sort of smell that seems to get to the back of your throat and make you want to cough.
I will use this spray the next time I get round to cleaning the oven, it still feels like there's plenty of it left so I'll probably get a few cleans out of it. It was easy enough to use and didn't take that long to rinse it off, it did make a grotty job easier.
There is a little clip which fastens after use to stop it being accidentally sprayed and it doesn't feel like the spray applicator unscrews either, which is useful for people with small children.
As I said I can't remember buying this stuff so I don't know what I paid for it, I've checked on mysupermarket.co.uk and it seems to be just under £4 I really doubt I paid that much for it and I would think it must have been on some special offer and that's what persuaded me to buy it.
Things to note: Not suitable for self cleaning ovens (I want one of these!), do not use on aluminium, copper, brass, marble, painted wood, appliance lettering, oven trim, pilot light or heating and fan elements.
For more information contact the Cif careline on: 0800 776646.
Thanks for reading.
As a student, I havent cleaned the inside of my oven all year. How gross I hear you cry, well I live in a flat with just me and my boyfriend and we barely use it. However the time is coming up when I move out and want to get the deposit back.
I bought this particular oven cleaner, as I was overwhelmed by the choice in Morrisons and so just went for a brand I knew, it cost me around £3.50.
It says to leave on for about 30 - 60 minutes for heavily soiled. So I guessed I would be in that category. I sprayed it all over the inside of the oven (electric) and left it for an hour. I also opened all the windows as it had a very strong scent of lemon which made me feel a bit sick.
I then scrubbed the oven (wearing rubber gloves) pretty hard for a while, then got some water to remove all the cleaner. It does work, a lot of black burnt bits came off, and my oven now looks fit for deposit returning.
The only thing I had trouble cleaning was the door, I had to scrub really hard for it to make any sort of difference. I think years of the oven not being cleaned by previous residents has ingrained it with dirt.
I didnt use all the bottle so will give it another go just before I move out.
I know it says fume free, but it still smells, and definately open all the windows if you dont like the smell of cleaning products.
I detest cleaning the oven and long for the that the self cleaning oven is invented that is capable of cleaning itself no matter how much fat and food sprays out and burns into the interior, or I win the lottery and can afford a cleaner, however until then I have to grudgingly do the job myself and this Fume Free Oven Spray from CIF is ideal for the job and given that it is only £3.99 it is excellent value for money.
It comes in a bright yellow bottle with a trigger spray attachment for dispensing the gel spray. It should only be used when the oven is cold and the best method is to spray it on liberally and then leave it for an hour however if you are not like me and clean your oven on a regular basis then you will not have to leave it for so long. It sets after a while as a gel and when it comes to wiping it off you can see the dirt and grease being removed. It certainly is a very effective product indeed and does a good job on my oven.
There are no fumes however there is a lemon smell to the product but this is not really that stron and certainly wll not taint any food you subsequently cook in the oven.
This product is excellent value for money and for that reason I would definately recommend it.
Cif Cream and it's related products are really great cleaning tools in my opinion because they are so versatile and easy to use. Cif is a really simple product and really does the job. I really like the fact that when you look at the list of ingredients it's very small and does not contain a lot of the harsh chemicals that a lot of other cleaning products do.
Cif is a brand of cleaning products by Unilever, The product was known as Jif in Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Hong Kong until 2001 when the name was changed to Cif in order to harmonise marketing and product inventories across the continent.
I generally use the Cif cream with the lemon scent because it makes claim that, "Cif cream tackles the toughest cleaning jobs in the kitchen, bathroom and all around the home including garden furniture and barbeques," and it really does. Recently I have found a CIF product for one of my least favourite tasks in the world, cleaning the oven! I hate cleaning the oven becasue it is so tricky to get into all of the small spaces and you end up getting really dirty and smelly yourself as I hate the smell a dirty oven gives off. I decided to try the Cif Oven Cleaner and it says it's tough on grease and burnt on food. This had to be better than scrubbing for hours on stains that generally won't go away.
The Cif product is really easy to use and I like the fact that it doesn't take much of an effort on your part to use it. It comes with a spray top so you basically spray it all over the surface of your oven until all the surfaces are covered. Do make sure that the oven is completely cold though and hasn't been used recently. The cleaner is a yellow gel colour and has quite a thick consistency to it. What I like is that it coats the surfaces and then because it's a gel it stays put instead of dripping off and down the oven to the bottom which is great because you know al the surfaces are getting the effect of the cleaner. The gel has a slight lemon scent to it, not too overpowering that your oven smells chemically but a nice fresh smell that will make your oven smell lovely. The amount of time you leave the cleaner in the oven is up to you. If you have light to medium soiled areas you leave it for 15 minutes, 30 minutes for medium soiled areas and 30 to sixty minutes for heavy soiled areas. Then when you are done wipe off and I guarantee you you will have a lovely, sparkly clean oven.
The Cif oven cleaner bottle is really easy to find on the shelves. It is a light lime green colour with Cif Oven Cleaner written on the front and a picture of a bright clean oven. It is fume free which is nice if you are allergic to cleaning products or just do not like the smell. A 500ml bottle which does last quite a long time is only £3.99 so as well as being an excellent, effective product it is cheap too!
I find oven cleaning is one of the worst chores to do in the home so any helping hand is greatfully recieved and after reading a review on dooyoo a while ago for this product I thought I would give it a try as it had very good review.
I purchased my spray bottle from costcutter last month for £3.99 which is quite a lot but it is quite a large bottle so should last a while and I did not mind paying if it worked aswell as I hoped.
The bottle itself is lime green colour with a spray nozzle, the bottle states that it is fume free and tough on greese and burnt on food.
The bottle reads:
Light to medium soiled areas....leave 15 minutes.
Medium areas......leave 30 minutes.
Heavy areas.....leave 30 to 60 minutes.
So the day after buying I decided to try out my new product, The bottle does have a safety cap which you need to unlock first, I then took out all my stainless steel racks and soaked them in hot water with a few squirts of the spray, and followed the instructions. I classed my oven as medium so sprayed liberally and left for 30 minutes.
I know the bottle says fume free, but when I sprayed I thought it had some smell to it, which is similar to lemons but very mild and I found I needed to open my kitchen window so I did not inhale any when cleaning off.
After the 30 minutes I opened the door and started to wipe clean the oven, and was pleasantly surprised with the results, I did not really need to do any scrubbing, I just cleaned the sides and loads of greese and dirt came off on the kitchen roll. I got through a few sheets of kitchen towel as the fluid soaked in the greese.
I now use this once a fortnight to clean my oven as it keeps it clean and does not take so long each time.
I also found great results with my stainless steel racks, and again they just needed a good wipe over an came up good as new.
I now use this on my barbeque after use and it brings it up lovely.
You must only use this on cold surfaces and do not use on self cleaning ovens.
The fluid is irritating to eyes and skin, so always use gloves and rinse eyes if any contact made.
My opinion of this product is a very high one, I am so pleased I read the review on dooyoo and will now use this from now on whenever I clean my oven. I highly recommend it.
Thankyou for reading.
The oven was looking a little neglected and I was drawn to this bottle for two reasons. First it is Cif - and I have always found their products extremely reliable, and secondly - the words fume-free on the label - sometimes using a harsh oven cleaner can leave the eyes watering somewhat in amongst all the chemicals from sprays so this sounds a good idea.
Currently costing £3.99 for 500ml in Tesco I don't feel this is a bad price if it works as it is quite a significant size and will last for a fair amount of oven cleans. The bright green bottle has a picture of a sparkling oven on it and I was hoping my oven may be close to this when finished.
For the chemists and curious the bottle states it contains amongst other ingedients 5% anionic surfactants, perfume, limonene and geranoil. Despite being fume free it does warn that this products is irritating to the eyes and skin and the vapour should not be breathed in. I always make sure my kitchen windows are open to help ventilate and pop on those sexy marigolds!!
How to use
You need to pull down the safety clasp under the trigger and for the first time you use it, squeeze the trigger to remove the plastic seal. Always use on a cold oven and make sure the part you are cleaning is completely covered in spray. The amount of time to leave it varies depending on how greasy and gunky the oven is - For the worst areas you will need to leave for an hour, but less badly soiled areas can be worked on after around half an hour.
After leaving it for the right time I went to my oven, opened the door, and prepared for the usual scrubbing. I am actually really impressed with this - my cloth slid over the oven floor removing lots of disgusting grease ( and I thought I was houseproud !). Very little effort was needed before revealing a nice clean oven. It did remove all the grime really easily and I didn't need to rinse as often as I did with my previous cleaner.
This isn't as irritating as some but I cannot say I would want to breath it in, or get any on my skin because it is an abraisive oven cleaner at the end of the day - so ventilation is essential. It cleaned up my glass doors nicely and considering the husband even commented on how clean it looked I feel I can definately reccomend this as a cleaning product that does what it says it will!
The back of the bottle clearly states you should not use this spray on self cleaning ovens or aluminium, copper or brass marble, painted wood or appliance lettering. You also need to avoid getting it on the oven trim, pilot light or heating and fan elements - you have been warned....
My oven was severely in need of a good clean, the fact that the burnt on grime would start smoking and set the fire alarm off every time I used it for a prolonged period of time was not enough to make me clean it but the thought of not being able to cook my turkey for several hours without starting a fire was.
Cif fume free oven cleaner seemed like a good bet as I had read a few reviews about it, most normal oven cleaners are so harsh that they leave a horrible smell for hours afterwards and I wanted to avoid that. My bottle cost me £3.50 for 500ml from Tesco.
To use it you spray onto a cold oven and leave for between 15 and 60 minutes depending on how heavily soiled your oven is, mine was pretty filthy so it got left for the whole hour.
The spray was a shocking luminous green in colour which made it easy to see where it had made contact with the black oven. The spray was thick enough to coat the oven nicely without running down the sides.
The spray smelled like chemicals, not pleasant but not nearly as horrible as other oven cleaners I have used in the past. I could detect some fumes when I had my head stuck in the oven rinsing the cleaner away and they did make me slightly short of breath but nothing too major.
The spray washed off the oven relatively easily but it took several rinses to get all of the residue off the oven. I didn't bother with rubber gloves and while the spray did dry out my hands slightly a couple of applications of hand cream were enough to restore them to their former glory.
In terms of performance then it was fairly good, I still had to use some brillo pads on the stubborn burnt on grease but the light soiling just wiped away with a cloth after the hour was over. The oven looked nice and shiny after I had finished with it, not quite brand new but certainly acceptably clean.
Cleaning the oven is not the best way to spend your Christmas Eve but at least the job is done now. The cif fume free oven cleaner was not totally fume free but smelled better than other oven cleaners. I think I used about a quarter of the bottle so it compares well on price terms too.
One job I hate doing & have been putting off for ages is giving the oven a real good thorough clean.
We had visitors for 16 weeks who continually cooked but never thought of wiping the oven clean & I was so overworked at the time that I've only just got round to doing it - but thanks to Cif it looks like I have a brand new oven.
The problem is that most oven cleaners I've used in the past have all had a horrible smell which tends to linger for a long time & puts me off using the oven as a form of cooking.
I read a couple of reviews on Dooyoo & decided to give Cif a try as it claims to be fume-free & is currently (15/11) on offer at Tesco.com for £1.67 which is half price - so I had no excuse for not trying it out!
The plastic trigger-action bottle is bright lime green so is unmissable on the shelf amongst the other oven cleaners.
The size I bought is 500ml & I only had to use about 1/5 of the bottle even though my oven was really bad. My oven actually looked like something you'd see on a shopping channel - you know when they burn on food & gunge to an excessive degree & you think that no one could ever have such a disgusting oven...?
I found the saftety nozzle a little difficult to open (it only has to be done the one time) but I blame my poor cognitive skills as the design is actually very good.
The trigger action is easy to use -full directions are given - but basically you just spray all the are which needs to be cleaned (excluding metal & rubber etc) & leave for the allotted time - in my case 1 hour.
When it came to rinse off I was a bit sceptical as I couldn't see any dirt - but when I looked at the cloth I couldn't believe how much stuff came off!
It's GREAT stuff - my oven looks brand new & I'm really pleased so will buy more to have in stock - just in case we have more visitors.
I wouldn't say it was 'fume-free' as there was initially some quite strong smell in the kitchen but this soon disappeared & the oven was ready to use when I'd wiped the last bit of grime away.
All directions & ingredients are clearly marked on the label & it really couldn't be a nicer or easier product to use.
- great price.
- easy to use.
- smell soon disappears.
- the BEST oven cleaner I've ever used.
It is now fast approaching the time of year when I like to make sure everything is spick and span for the festive season. One of my most dreaded tasks is cleaning the oven. I think I have tried almost every oven cleaner on the supermarket shelves.
One of the things that puts me off oven cleaners, is the awful fumes and odours, that these cleaners cause. When I spotted this, Cif 'Fume Free' oven cleaner, in Tesco, I decided to give it a try. Apart from the fact that it claimed to be 'fume free', it was also on sale at half price.
This oven cleaner comes in a bright green, 500ml bottle (not yellow, as shown in the picture above). It is a product of Unilever. The bottle has a trigger action top which can be put in a locked position after use.
It told me on the bottle to use on a cold oven. As this product is an irritant I used rubber gloves. I carefully sprayed the contents of the bottle over my entire oven, including each shelf. The trigger worked easily and the contents came out more as a foam than a liquid. The foam has a slight green tinge to it.
The first thing I noticed was the very distinct lack of fumes. I must admit I was very pleased about this, as although it claimed on the bottle to be 'fume free' I was not convinced.
It was definitely fume free, but not totally odour free. There was a slight chemical odour coming from the foam. It was slight and was not in any way overpowering. I found this acceptable, as there were no 'odour free' claims on the bottle.
The instructions say that the cleaner should be left on for the following times:
Slight to medium soiled areas - 15 minutes
Medium soiled areas - 30 minutes
Heavily soiled areas - 30 - 60 minutes
I opted to leave the cleaner on my oven for the full 60 minutes, mainly because I did not want to have to repeat the process.
After 60 minutes ( which I spent on Dooyoo) I checked my oven. It was not covered in a pale green foam, but it was covered in a disgusting dark coloured gunge. I removed the gunge using a fair amount of kitchen towel and then wiped the oven and shelves with a damp cloth. I did not need to rub or scrub any part of my oven. After using the damp cloth my oven looked sparkling and clean.
When I first used my oven after cleaning there was a very slight odour of the cleaner, but this disappeared after about ten minutes.
I probably used about one half of the bottle to clean my entire oven and I now have enough left for another clean.
All the instructions for use are on the back of the bottle. It also gives all the safety precautions, you should take ,when using this oven cleaner.
As I said, I bought this oven cleaner in Tesco as it is half price. The normal selling price is £3.29 and I got it for £1.65.
In my opinion this fume free oven cleaner did a great job of cleaning my oven and I will definitely use it again. I consider it to be a great bonus that it is indeed 'fume free'.
It is no secret that I Hate cleaning, so I am approaching this review with very little experience of oven cleaners. I'm ashamed to tell you how long it has been since I cleaned one...so I won't. I do, however, make quite an effort not to get it dirty in the first place. Anyway, I finally admitted that mine needed doing and found nothing suitable in the under the sink cupboard. The last oven cleaner I used (I think) was Mr Muscle, and I was reluctant to buy it again because, as well as the incredibly annoying advert, I remember it smelling so toxic and filling my lungs with fumes.
So that brings us to Cif Fume Free Oven Cleaner. It cost about £3 for a 500ml bottle in Tesco and promised to be 'tough on grease and burnt-on food' so I thought I's give it a whirl. The bottle, as pictured above, is an acid green colour and has a pump action spray. The nozzle has a safety catch which I have not come across before (although, as I said, I don't buy a lot of cleaning products!). I was quite impressed with this as it would definitely slow little fingers down if it fell into the hands of a toddler.
I followed the instructions and sprayed liberally over the inside of the cold oven. My first impression of the smell was green fruit gums, but I then made the mistake of inhaling to see exactly how it smelt and the lime was then replaced with something a bit more toxic. However - it was nowhere near as bad as Mr Muscle. Cif advise you only to use this product in a well ventilated area, so it is clearly not entirely without fumes. The packaging advises that this product is an irritant, and the usual precautions involving avoiding contact with skin and eyes and so on should be taken. I found that there was no noticeable smell in the kitchen after cleaning.
Coming back into the kitchen a few minutes later I could see that the product was glowing green in quite a disconcerting way! It looks like something out of Ghostbusters or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! According to the recommendation on the bottle 'Heavy soiled areas' needed to be left for 60 minutes. After this time has passed, the instructions cheerfully advice you to 'Rinse'.
It didn't quite work like that. I needed to use a scouring sponge and quite a lot of effort to remove the grease on the glass door of the oven, and attempting to wipe inside produced lots of dirty brown bubbles that took a lot of 'rinsing'. I followed up with paper towels to remove the final traces.
I would recommend this product as one that has much less heavy duty scary chemicals than most brands, but I still am concerned about the contents. I feel like I should be using vinegar and baking powder really - but I'd probably be there all day. It does definitely work, although you need to do more work than is suggested by the packaging - but isn't that always the way?
This product is currently on offer at Sainsburys, it usually sells for £3.48 but has been reduced to £2.48 so I thought I would give it a try. As an asthmatic I find it very difficult to find cleaning products that do not trigger an asthma attack but this stuff is actually relatively 'fume free' as it states on the packaging.
It comes in a 500ml trigger spray for easy application and claims that it removes even the toughest grease and burnt on food. I applied this lemony spray and left it for around 45mins however, you can leave it to work for anything between 15 and 60mins, depending on the amount of dirt and grease on your oven.
I must say it was not as effective as I had hoped for. It removed most of the grease and top layer of blackened food, but it did not remove everything, try as I might to scrub it off. One good point however is the smell which soon disappears if you leave the oven switched on for a while. I often find other oven cleaners so overwhelming in smell that it leaves food almost tasting of the stuff!
Overall this product is pretty good for superficial grease and grime but I think I might have to resort to professional oven cleaning services!
I have always been what some may consider a bit of a clean freak, especially my obsession with using bleach, I think it's the strong smell that convinces my brain everything is clean and germ free, so after buying this product, and not noticing that it was fume free, I was a little worried that it wouldn't actually work!
The product I will now review is "Cif oven cleaner - fume free".
Ok, so I admit I do have a certain penchant for cleaning, I feel relaxed and clear minded when I have had a clean, unfortunately cleaning the oven is not one of the jobs I really like doing, hence the state of my oven this morning!
~~~~~~ THE BOTTLE ~~~~~~
The bottle is bright green in colour and is a pump action spray, it has a round base with a long thin neck, and a stop mechanism to avoid a child getting hold of it and accidentally spraying it onto themselves.
The picture on the front of the bottle is that of a stainless steel oven, bright, clean and sparkling.... I think it's highly unlikely my oven will look anything like the picture!
~~~~~~ DIRECTIONS FOR USE ~~~~~~
It is recommended that this spray be used on cold surfaces and completely cover in the product.
The spray is suggested to be left for - 15 minutes for light - medium soiled areas,
30 minutes for medium soiled areas,
30 - 60 minutes for heavy soiled areas.
This spray should not be used on aluminium, copper, brass, marble, painted wood or appliance lettering.
This spray should be sprayed in a well ventilated area.
~~~~~~ MY EXPERIENCE ~~~~~~
As I mentioned earlier my oven was incredibly dirty, with more than a couple of burnt on stains. I completely saturated the base of my oven with spray, avoiding of course the pilot light.
I found the spray came out not as a liquid but more as a foam, and there was indeed a distinct lack of fume/odour!
I left the spray on for about an hour and a half, more for the simple fact that we had visitors arrive and I completely forgot about the oven.
As I opened the oven again to finally wipe off the spray, I noticed the thick black/brown gunk floating on the top of the foam.
As I wiped away the foam, I noticed the consistency of it, thick, and sticky almost jam like, and the sight that met me when I finally managed to wipe off the muck was certainly a surprise!
The bottom of my oven sparkles!!
There is not a single remnant of dirt or residue, which I feel is always the last bit to be got rid of, due to the difficulty of removing grease, so I decided to put it through a couple more rigorous tests, namely the glass door panels and the shelves in the main compartment of the oven.
I slid the inner glass panel from the door out, and placed it grease side up on my work top, I tend to find with the doors that it is not so much muck as baked on grease that is the problem, also the fact that it goes a brown colour and cannot be shifted by conventional methods, ie scrubbing like buggery with a scrubber and half a bottle of fairy liquid!
I sprayed the panels liberally and left for half an hour, these too came up well, however in more caked on areas there was a little bit of scrubbing involved, but they have come up beautifully also!
Finally the shelves, I lay them at an angle in my sink and sprayed them with the product, they are not particularly mucky, but I do have a fondness for jacket potatoes, and I do find that when they cook they do ooze a little of there liquid which in turn goes quite sticky, I know I should put them on a baking tray but I do love them baked on the shelf, golden, fluffy and crunchy...mmmm.
I only had to leave the shelves for 10 minutes and the muck slid of with the tap running, very impressive!
When everything has been rinsed and put back into the oven in it's former home I notice that the glass work is clean but a bit smeared, I gave it a quick buff up with a duster and the oven truly does look good as new.
~~~~~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~~~~~
This was purchased from Asda when it first came out, so I managed to get it for £1.00, I think it retails around the £1.88 mark full price.
~~~~~~ CONCLUSION ~~~~~~
Well you may have gathered the answer to this already....... It's marvellous, it is surprisingly understated and yet performs better than any other oven cleaner I have ever used, the fact it is odourless is neither hear 'nor there for me, I do appreciate though that it isn't an aerosol, I think these are not substantial enough to cover a burnt on area and saturate it enough to soak it off, unlike this product.
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