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Cleaning the oven is one job that I really hate, particularly as it usually involves scrubbing the inside and the racks with various cleaning products, and after a few hours, it still looks the same as before I started. After reading very good reviews on here about Oven Pride, I decided that I would try it next time I wanted to clean the oven, as life is too short to be scrubbing at my oven for hours!
*Accessibility and Price*
I have seen Oven Pride in various supermarkets and home improvement stores both online and in-store and so it is easily obtainable. I purchased mine when it appeared in Aldi a couple of months ago for around the £3 mark, and I've since seen it for similar prices in different shops, usually around £3 and £4. I had previously felt this price was rather high for a cleaner that could only be used once, but after reading good reviews, I was more confident that the price was reasonable, considering the good results it would apparently yield. I also felt that the accolade of Best Buy from Which? that it received in 2012 was a good sign of a product that would work well.
*Packaging and Contents*
Oven Pride is packaged in a cardboard box, which contains a set of instructions, a pair of blue gloves, a very large bag (measuring 540mm x 740mm), and a 500ml bottle of cleaning solution. Safety instructions and detailed instructions, including pictures, can be found on the reverse of the box, and I found them very easy to understand and follow.
The cleaning solution is a corrosive liquid that can cause severe burns, and so you have to be very careful that it doesn't make contact with your skin and eyes. You are advised to wear long rubber gloves if possible, as you need to ensure your arms and wrists are covered. I just used the gloves that came with the product and I had no problems. There is a warning that the gloves may contain latex, which can cause allergic reactions. Gloves should be worn at all times when using the product, and the bag and gloves should be inspected before use for any damage. The bottle of cleaning solution must be kept out of reach of children at all times. It is also advised that the room is ventilated during and after use of the cleaning solution, and I would recommend this because the solution has a slight scent to it that isn't overly pleasant.
*Using the Product*
As I previously mentioned, I found the instructions very easy to follow. When you have your gloves on, you place the oven racks in the bag provided, add half to three quarters of the cleaning solution, seal the bag, and then fold the bag around the racks and tilt so that the racks get evenly coated. The racks should be left for 2 hours and then tilted again to ensure they are well coated with the solution. The remaining cleaning solution should be poured into the oven and applied with a cloth. The solution can't be used on the hob area, oven trim, glass door, and the heating and fan elements. The racks and the inside of the oven should be left for at least 4 hours, although it is advised that it is best if left overnight. I left mine overnight, as I wanted to get the best results possible for my oven, which had not been cleaned for a long time!
Once the racks and oven have been left to soak, the racks can be removed from the bag, and then rinsed in hot soapy water. The residue solution should be removed from the inside of the oven with a cloth, and then rinsed with hot soapy water. I found that this the least pleasant part of the experience, as the solution was thick and gloopy and a very disgusting brown colour, and that there was also lots of it! It took me a while to remove all of it and then to rinse the oven off, but I could tell from the colour of the solution that it had done a good job of removing the grease and dirt from inside the oven.
In order to dispose of the bag and the bottle, the bag should be partially filled with water and then sealed, tilted so that the now very brown solution collects in one corner, and then the other corner should be cut off and the solution tipped out into the sink. The bag can then be disposed of with your general waste. The bottle can simply be rinsed with water and then disposed of.
I was very impressed with how well Oven Pride cleaned my oven. I have tried so many times to clean the racks and always failed to get the results I would like. Oven Pride was so easy to use and I was quite shocked at how sparkly and silver the racks were after they had been soaked overnight. They had a few small marks on them still, but they were hardly noticeable and the racks looked pretty much like new, which is something I've never been able to achieve before with other products.
The inside of the oven also looked so much better, which I found very surprising considering how dirty it had been before I used Oven Pride. I did still find, however, that I had to scrub at the oven door and glass because you can't use the solution on these parts, but I wasn't too fussed because it took so much less time to just scrub at the oven door rather than having to scrub at the rest of the oven too.
I have already recommended Oven Pride to friends and family because I was very impressed with how little effort was required, and also with how well it cleaned my oven. I am more than happy to spend £3 every now and again on an oven cleaner that is so effective and I will definitely purchase Oven Pride again next time my oven needs cleaning.
We are eat one of the most important times of the year and where the oven is pushed to its limit. Yes it's Christmas.
My wife said we needed to clean the oven in the lead up to the big day and I knew just the stuff, Oven Pride. I have been a user of this in the past and for the price, it does the job. I refuse to pay for someone to come out and clean the oven at a cost of £40.
You can pick it up in most supermarkets for a cost of £3.98 which does sound expensive, but then this stuff is not your normal oven cleaner like Mr Muscle.
In the box:
500ml of liquid
Very large clear plastic bag
Right first off we have the oven racks. These are not that bad but do have baked on food. Put the gloves on and then place them in the plastic bag. Take the bottle and pour approximately half the liquid into the bag. Seal the bag and then start to turn the bag around, upside down etc. you want to cover the racks in the liquid so that the stuff starts to get to work. After 2hrs, turn it over and I just move it around again just incase the rack has not been covered in the liquid. The liquid by now has gone from clear to a dark brown colour so you know it's working.
The rest of the liquid now needs to be poured into the oven and spread over the areas which you feel needs it. Sides, top and bottom etc. again with a sponge, I just spread it about. The idea now is that your meant to leave it approximately 4hrs but they recommend overnight. I left it for 8hrs. Close the oven.
Whilst we wait for it to be work, let's just go over the product. Be aware, this stuff can burn. It has sodium hydroxide in it and they state that it will burn the skin if in contact. I don't think it will, unless you have cracked skin. But it states to put the infected area over water straight away. Always rubber up!
8hrs later and I am about to see the results. I took the bag with the rack in it, upstairs. I laid them in the bath and showered them down with warm water. Straight away they looked almost clean. However there was a few tough bits left on so with a sponge I scrubbed and bam, all gone. The racks looked brand new and with barely any work to be done with them.
The oven then and first was to use a sponge and get the liquid out of the oven. This is messy because the oven is dirty. So I soap up the liquid and wash it in water until it's all out. The sponge becomes black and you can see that it's really worked hard to remove the grime and grease. I then two buckets, one with water and the other with warm soapy water. I then washed down the inside of the oven, rinsing the sponge in the bucket of water. It's a filthy task and the water turning black almost instantly. The more I washed out the oven the better it looked. I then tried it out with paper towel and inspected the results.
The oven has been cleaned very well, however there are places where it just cannot clean. This will be down to things like age. Our oven had not been touched in ten years and there are parts which really it will not clean it all off. It's the top of the oven where it struggled abit but then that's also because you cannot leave the product on the surface (as it's upside down). There will be many factors as to why your oven may not look brand new again, and after 10yrs, do not expect it completely clean it.
This is the best stuff on the market for cleaning the oven. It's not perfect but if you clean your oven every year say from new, it should be fine. Set aside 20mins at the start and 45mins at the end, and work is done. Best result is to leave it over night.
(Quick recommendation before you read the below. If you're planning on using oven pride make sure you have plenty of time to spare where you don't require the use of your oven, ideally I would do this in the evening and leave the product to work overnight.)
Why did I buy the product?
OK so I'm just over a year into my first ever house and just over a year of using my shiny new Hotpoint Canon cooker which isn't so shiny and new anymore. Although not neglectful when it comes to cleaning the hob and grill on my cooker, the oven unfortunately hasn't received the same level of TLC as the rest of the appliance so I decided to give the interior a scrub a couple of weeks ago and found that some of the baked on gunk just wouldn't shift with regular elbow grease and my fingers were getting a little sore from trying, so on a recent shopping trip to my local Asda I had a look in the cleaning aisle to see what solutions they had on offer for cleaning your oven racks and came across 'oven Pride'. I scanned the back quickly reading through the instructions and thought it looked relatively easy so proceeded to add it to my shopping trolley. A week later, here I am testing it out for the first time.
How easy is this to use
Oven pride is a multi-purpose cleaning solution for your oven racks and indeed the interior of your oven which I'm sure most will agree can get pretty grotty after months and months of cooking. Everything you need to get started is included in the box including gloves to protect your hands, an extra-large bag for your racks and of course the cleaning solution itself. Now before you get started it's very important to read the instructions which advise the product should not be used on any part of the hob, oven trim, glass oven doors, heating elements, pilot light or any fan elements, and of course do not use the product if the gloves or the bag are damaged in any way. Step one out of the way I put the blue gloves provided to the side and pull out my pink rubber cleaning gloves which are longer than the blue ones and travel half way up my arm instead of just to my wrist to ensure better protection against the harsh chemical contained in the bottle containing the cleaning solution. Now it's important to note that the instructions clearly state that gloves should be worn at all times so before doing anything I put on my gloves. Unfolding the bag provided for putting the racks in I see immediately that this is much larger than what is actually required for the size of racks I have which means it's nice and easy to pop them in once I've removed them from the oven. Now I have two racks in my oven, both of which pop easily into the large plastic bag. Before putting in the solution I place the bag on the floor with the racks leaning against one of my cupboards and proceed to carefully unscrew the cap of the solution. The instructions instruct you to pour between half and three quarters of the solution into the bag.....as I had attempted to clean the racks a few weeks prior I opted to pour only half of the solution into the bag saving the other half for the inside of my oven. I carefully sealed the bag with the solution and the racks inside (still wearing my rubber gloves) trying to remove as much air as possible and carefully tilt the bag back and forth to coat the racks inside the bag. All I have to do now is wait.
Tick tock tock tick
I'm not the most patient of people when it comes to cleaning, I very much like to get it out of the way as fast as possible but with oven pride you have to leave the solution to work is magic, initially for a couple of hours, then you are instructed to return to the bag to re-coat the racks as best you can. After my first 2 hours were up I really was amazed to see how the product had been working away with the solution in the bag already having turned a murky dark brown colour and the shine of the racks starting to come through. At this stage I was confident that this wasn't just another fad. You hear all the time about these cleaning products that have all these marvellous capabilities that sometimes don't quite live up to expectations, but oven pride really did seem to be working. So following the instructions I re-coated the racks in the bag and walked away, this time having been instructed to leave for another 4 hours.
Tick Tock Tick Tock
Had I thought about it properly I really would have done this in the evening but as it stands I decided that 12 o clock on a Saturday afternoon seemed like a convenient time to tackle the oven. I think this is the biggest drawback of this product...I understand that some things take time to work effectively but the recommendation for this is a minimum of 6 hours which is a little longer than I have the patience for. I only used half of the bottle for the racks as I thought this was a sufficient amount of solution to use, and decided that the other half would be used to clean the inside of the oven at a later date.
6 hours later
So my 6 hours was up and the racks were ready to come out of the bag, so on came the rubber gloves again. Carefully removing the racks from the bag I opted to finish the cleaning process in the bathtub as the sink just isn't quite big enough for what I needed to do, making sure to remove my rubber bath mat before proceeding to do anything. I set the hot water running and rinsed the racks being sure to get all of the solution off and I have to say the sparkle off of the racks was very impressive. There were a couple of sections where the baked on food / grease or whatever it was hadn't completely dissolved so I did have to give it a little scrub but this was no-where near as challenging as it would have been had I not previously used the oven pride solution. After drying the racks I carefully popped them back into the oven and it was as if it was brand new again.
Disposing of the solution
The instructions for disposing of the solution are very simple. All you have to do is dilute the solutions still in the bag by adding water, carefully sealing the bag again and just slosh it around a bit to get as much of the solution off of the sides of the bag as you can. Once you've diluted the solution simply trim a corer off the bottom of the bag and drain down the sink....easy as that. Once I was done I simply put the used plastic bag in to the bin with the rest of my rubbish.
I paid around £3.98 for my oven pride in my local asda but you can get this on special offer currently at the bargain price of £2.88 which in my opinion is well worth it. You would expect to pay on average around £4 depending on which supermarket you shop at but it is widely available and easy to find in amongst the aisle that contains the generic cleaning products such as polish and anti-bacterial sprays.
My overall opinion
Despite the fact that this takes what seems like a very very very long time to work I was very impressed with the results, the oven racks were redeemed back to their shiny silver sparkly look that they had when we first purchased our oven. The process was very easy and required minimal effort on my part but as indicated before I think Ideally the process would be best started in the evening and left to work overnight to ensure maximum results, I don't recommend you do this through the day. As long as you have some rubber gloves and a good sized sink to rinse the racks - you're pretty much good to go. A little on the pricey side and time consuming to use but at the end of the day if elbow grease isn't enough then this product will get the job done.
It was time to give the oven a good clean after the temperatures becoming irrational and black smoke billowing when door was open I and decided to op for oven pride. The oven is two years old and has been cleaned three times before.
The racks went in the bag and the gel formula was wiped around the interior, the bottom shelf was taken out and covered and left outside on the grass.
After 4 hours the shelves came out clean and with a wipe off a sponge practically brand new..
I used a large sponge and bucket to mop up the internal gel.
I used a greeny pad on the light and only then noticed that the oven has a top cover which was covered with thick carbonated fat.
It now explained where the black smoke and irrational temperatures came from as both my wife and I never noticed it.
I had some oven pride gel left and took it outside covered the shelf and left for about an hour or less!
To be honest after doing such a good job of the oven. I was gutted that I had missed this top shelf especially as it had two years of food encrusted onto it.
After roughly 20 minutes I got bored of waiting and decided to accelerate the cleaning process by using my new all in one steam cleaner, the combination of steam and oven pride certainly did the job and with the aid of a BBQ brush, which I was energetically scrubbing I sensed a burning sensation from my bottom rather close to the business bit.?
The tray was replaced and as soon as I shut the door felt that the burning was increasing tremendously. I checked my rear and noticed a large wet black patch on my trousers. (I had sat in the previous cleaning area)
I quickly removed both set of pants ran up stairs for a shower and cool down of the posterior .
It is now evening time the burns are getting bigger and even scabbed over. Though I been in the shower several times.
I have also been to the toilet and there are a lot of hairs around the toilet seat.
I have shown the burn to wife( comically concerned) who recommends A&E!
But the oven looks brand new!
== Oven Pride ==
Two weeks ago what started with a quick wipe of the fridge ended in a 12 hour cleanathon of my kitchen . Including the dreaded oven which, apart from a quick wipe over the top , does get neglected in the day to day cleaning .
So a whole day of scrubbing and wiping and every cleaner under the kitchen sink being used , the oven is looking good on the outside , but the inside was still letting it down . The racks and the slots of the inside of the oven that hold the racks were not the shiny silver they used to be but a very horrible black .
I have a Stoves gas oven which has a double thickness glass door on the bottom and a glass grill door above , as you can see through both ,the racks were annoying me and it didn't look like I had spent all the time I did on it .
I have previously, a year or 2 ago , tried to clean the racks in the bath and it was the biggest waste of time ever , I left them soaking with cleaning agent and scrubbed them till my arms hurt and it made no difference at all.
So a few days later I spot this at the bargain price of £2.50 [ previously £3.80] in Wilkinsons and think what have I got to lose .
== What You Get ==
Inside the box [ which looks slightly different to the picture ] you will find a very large thick plastic bag, a pair of gloves, a 500 ml bottle of cleaner and instruction leaflet.
There are lots of warning signs of the box and cleaning agent as it is toxic and contains Sodium Hydroxide.
== What To Do ==
Firstly read the instructions and then read them again to be double sure you know what you are doing.
Put on the gloves , the box actually says the gloves provided are for your convenience and that rubber gloves are advisable , sadly I did not have any as there was only 1 glove in my box so the rest was done 1 handed .
Open the bag and place the racks inside , the instructions say to put 2 racks in , but as I have 3 racks I put them all in . The bag is plenty big enough for 3 and I placed them in horizontally in the bottom half of the bag.
Next carefully pour 2/3 rd to 3/4 of the liquid into the bag . Seal the bag and fold it over, then swish around to coat the racks . Leave the bag lying flat and every hour or 2 swish and turn over .
I started this about 7pm in the evening and did it every hour till I went to bed .
Then leave overnight , when doing this I left it on the draining board of the sink . If like me your draining board has a slight slope towards the sink then be sure to leave it with the seal facing away from the sink as the seal isn't brilliant and the liquid will seep out if placed the other way.
With the left over liquid , again wearing gloves, pour a small amount in the bottom of the oven and use a sponge to coat over the side bars and the inside of the oven, being careful not to go near the heating or fan elements or pilot light etc.
Leave this overnight too.
Next day place the bag over the sink and again while wearing gloves , slide the racks out while leaving the very disgusting looking liquid in the bottom of the bag. Snip a corner of the bag and wash the cleaner down the sink with lots of hot soapy water .
Rinse of the racks again with lots of hot soapy water and wipe the inside of the oven out with the same .
I did this a couple of times to be sure the cleaner was all gone.
== Results ==
Wow I am actually amazed at how well this product has worked . I would say that 95 % of all 3 racks are shiny silver again . There were some small bits left in the center of the racks .
I think this was because it was hardest part to get to with the liquid , rather than it not working .
Inside the oven has the same results and everything that touched the liquid has come up lovely and shiny and clean . There are a couple of missed spots but again I put that down to me doing the job at night when the light isn't so good to see exactly where you are putting it .
I saved a small amount of the liquid in case of missed spots and used this neat on the last little bits with a scourer , giving it a scrub then leaving it for a bit , and repeating till the last bits were gone.
== Toxicity ==
Not the great song by Rage Against the Machine , but all the nasty stuff this cleaner contains.
There are warning all over the box and leaflet about not letting it touch your skin and working in a well ventilated area .
I obviously wore the gloves [ well glove in my case] provide . I did get a splash back on my arm and immediately washed it off and suffered no ill effects from it .
Surprisingly there was no strong chemical smell with this , I can't really say it smelt of anything really and have used window cleaner with a stronger smell .
But obviously this is strong stuff so do pay attention to the warnings.
== Thoughts ==
Why hadn't I tried this before , was my 1st thought. It really does do what it claims to do, it is not another of those annoying products that doesn't live up to the hype .
The difference it has made to my oven is amazing, especially for the price .
It wasn't the faff I thought it might be and certainly saved hours of scrubbing and wasn't as messy as I thought either . All the extras you need are plenty of hot soapy water for the rinsing.
Would i recommend , most definitely !
My oven wasn't quite in need of Kim and Aggie's help , but it does get used everyday and I also do a lot of baking so was certainly showing signs of wear .
I had thought about getting an oven cleaning company out at the cost of £40 -£50 but would much rather spend that money on something exciting ,and i'm so glad I didn't call them , now I know what this can do.
My 6 year old oven now looks 6 weeks old , you can't say better than that.
5 out of 5.
Just after getting my oven I spilt food on the bottom, I tried several cleaners and couldn't remove it so it spent nearly 2 years getting worse. As I've never had great success with any oven cleaner, I decided to try a different one this time and went for Oven Pride. I was hoping to clean the general splatters of grease and food from the oven but did not have much hope for the badly burnt on stain.
Application was easy and the product did not smell strongly. I placed the grill pan and rack, two shelves and the shelf holders into the bag although the instructions do say not to put more than two items in. I added approximately 2/3 of the bottle to the bag and sealed it. I poured the rest of the solution onto the oven floor and used a cloth to wipe it on the walls and inside of the door. The rubber gloves that come with the pack were good quality but a little short considering that stretching within the oven is required to use the product, I did get a few drops of the solution on my skin further up my arms but it did not cause any irritation.
After applying the solution I then went back and turned the bag several times over the next few hours. As I had put so much in it I was concerned that it wouldn't all be coated. I then left it over night.
The next morning I wiped the solution from inside the oven with a few cheap dish clothes and threw them away. I was quite shocked at how easily the dirt, including the bad bit at the bottom, just wiped off. After wiping it down with soapy water and then clean water, the oven was nice and shiney and the glass in the door was again clear. The only issue is that the dirt near the door seals and heating element now look worse in comparison as I didn't want to risk getting the solution on them.
The items out of the bag took a little more effort to remove the dirt from but much less than with other products I have used. I expect that they would have been easier if I had followed the instructions reguarding the amount to put in the bag as they would then have been sat in the solution rather than just having a thin coating on them. They too are now nice and shiny however and my oven now stands out as being too clean for my kitchen rather than the opposite.
Overall a great product that is easy to use and produces much better results than the competing brands that I have tried.
Another life saving product when it comes to cleaning the oven is Oven pride.
How to use on wire shelves:
Application is really easy, first you need to ensure you are wearing the rubber gloves provided just put your wire shelves into the bag provided and pour over the around half the bottle of liquid.
The bags are normally at least double to size of my wire shelves so once I have sealed, I fold the edges over so that the fluid sits on the shelves rather then in the corners of the bag.
Then you need to seal the bag trying to ensure that you dispel as much air out of it as possible.
Leave the bag for 2 hours, then just give the bag a little shake to re-coat the wire racks and leave for another two hours.
Once the time has passed, remove the wire racks and rinse with warm soapy water.
*How to use - oven:*
Application is very similar instructions to above (except putting it in a bag), pour a small amount on the oven floor, (wearing gloves) evenly wipe across the oven floor, walls, door and ceiling (avoiding trims and elements).
Leave for 4 hours and then wipe clean with clean soapy water. I would recommend again using an old and those cheap dish clothes so that can throw then away afterwards.
*Price and availability:*
The product costs around £4, I always buy mine from Home Bargains, but also available from larger supermarkets.
The first time I used this, I was amazed, the wire shelves were actually gleaming silver again (and they hadn't been that colour in a long time). When I took them out the bag, there was no hard scrubbing, the grease and grime just came away really easily.
I was a really big fan of Mr Muscle but I think Oven Pride has now won the battle.
The product doesn't really have a strong odour however on the back of the box it is recommended to keep the room well ventilated when applying.
I would give this product 5 out of 5 stars, it delivers fantastic results (even better, it makes my other half think I have been scrubbing the oven all day, when the truth is, it took me about 10 minutes work!)
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I quite like housework generally, I get a sense of satisfaction from everything being clean and tidy and absolutely love the feeling of sitting on the sofa with a coffee, looking around me and feeling like there's nothing else to be done! Unfortunately, since we moved into this house I haven't had that feeling because, lurking in the back of my mind, there has always been a little voice reminding me that the oven hasn't been cleaned...the one job that I absolutely loathe and detest.
It's a combination of being slightly scared by all the chemicals that oven cleaners tend to be composed of and of not actually liking my oven and living in denial about it! I inherited an ugly, brown, cheaper than cheap oven and I hate it! To call it basic would be an understatement and as I love cooking it is the bane of my life. I dream of a lovely silver range with 6 burners, 2 ovens, a plate warmer and a grill but, as my husband keeps reminding me, this would entail changing our entire kitchen to fit one in and, as there's nothing actually wrong with the kitchen (apart from the fact that I didn't choose it!) I can keep dreaming!! Charming!
Anyway, the one good thing about it being dark hideous brown (no offense to anyone who has a brown oven, they're just not my thing and it doesn't match the rest of my kitchen appliances!) is that it's much harder to see the dirt on it, so I could easily convince myself that it wasn't that dirty and that a quick wipe every now and again was keeping it plenty clean. Until, that is, my mum visited and pronounced her utter disgust at how filthy my oven was! Oops!!
Instead of a lovely walk in the hills and lunch in the pub, she dragged me to the nearest Tesco, stocked me up with this Oven Pride and made me spend the rest of the morning helping her clean the oven. I was surprised that it only cost £2.99 for the 500ml version which was more than enough to do my oven and included not only the oven cleaner, but a big thick sealable plastic bag and a pair of rubber gloves. I'd always envisaged oven cleaners as being really expensive for some reason which handily gave me another excuse for not cleaning it. But at £2.99 even I couldn't argue...especially seen as mum paid anyway!
It comes in a box about 9 inches high, 4 wide and 3 deep and it really does stand out on the shelf in the supermarket as the packaging is bright orange and blue with lots of bright yellow writing all over it. Very eyecatching. Obviously, with it containing lots of what I can only assume to be very harsh chemicals the back of the box is mainly taken up with do's and don'ts and safety warnings and the instructions for use are on the side. But the most noticeable thing about the box is how many times they use the words easy and simple - I counted at least 6! So they really want to make you think that using this product is going to make cleaning your oven easy and much less of a chore!
So, how do you use Oven Pride? Well, much as I hate to say it, it really is easy. You just put your oven racks in the big plastic bag (this can also be used for BBQ racks) and cover them with half of the thick, gloopy, very chemically smelling liquid from the bottle, seal, turn over a few times to make sure the racks are coated then leave to soak. Then pour the rest of the liquid into the bottom of your oven, spread it around and leave that to work its wonders too. There is a set of gloves included and you MUST wear these as you really don't want to get any of these corrosive chemicals on your skin.
Meanwhile my mum took the internal glass fronts out of the oven (which I hadn't even realised could be removed!) and soaked them in hot, soapy water. You would have thought that whilst everything was soaking she'd have let me have a rest from watching her cleaning my oven, but no. She was on a roll by this point and made me take all my curtains and voiles down, wash them and clean all the windows too. I really did deserve a bottle of beer by the end of that day!
After a few hours of leaving everything soaking I took the bag with the racks in outside, carefully removed the racks, without spilling any of the now disgustingly brown and foul smelling liquid, resealed the bags and rinsed the racks under the tap outside. The oven got a similar rinsing treatment with an old rag, gradually removing all traces of the brown gunge that now coated the bottom of my oven. How ashamed of myself was I?!
I was utterly shocked and amazed at how disgusting and dirty the racks and oven had been. The chemicals literally had turned all the dirt into thick, brown, smelly gunge and, the oven especially, took quite a few rinses of the rag to get all the dirt out and the dirty water went straight down the outside drain rather than the kitchen sink it was so bad! And I couldn't believe that so much dirt could be removed from the oven without any scrubbing or elbow grease.
The Oven Pride really does live up to its claims of making cleaning your oven easy. There was no scrubbing or scraping to do, you just simply pour the bottle in and then leave. I did use a bit of wire wool on the racks, just to get into the corners, when rinsing them off, but apart from that the racks came out sparkling silver and gleaming and the oven, whilst not silver, definitely was cleaner, shiny and fresher.
In case you hadn't guessed, I would definitely recommend using Oven Pride. It makes an easy job of cleaning your oven (I haven't tried it on a BBQ but it claims to work on these too and I see no reason to disbelieve that) whilst you sit back, relax and wait for it to work it's wonders (or wash, dry and iron all your curtains and clean your windows while you wait!). I was truly surprised and disgusted by how much gunk and dirt came out of my oven and off of the racks (which I hadn't thought were all that bad!) and will now be using this if not regularly, then much more often!
The negatives of it are that when pouring the liquid into the bag and the oven you have to work quickly to avoid breathing in the fumes and you also have to make sure the kitchen it well ventilated. This is where my phobia for cleaning ovens comes from - all those chemicals working their way into your lungs. But as long as you get everything ready before you start so that everything you need is to hand, there's no reason that you can't have the liquid poured into the bag and sealed within 30 seconds or so, and similarly for the oven. To be honest, if I'd been buying oven cleaner myself I would probably have been scared away from buying this one because of all the warnings on the back of it but, looking at other brands of oven cleaners, they all carry equal warnings, just not quite as vividly as this one!
So my mum left that weekend having stocked me up with future supplies, safe in the knowledge that I was cooking in a much cleaner, healthier oven and that it would stay like that as I now have 4 boxes of Oven Pride in the cupboard and no excuses for not using them!
=== The product ===
This is a complete oven cleaning system.
=== How to use this ===
This can be used for your oven racks and inside the actual oven and this is how I use mine, for both purposes. You receive a cleaning bag, a pair of gloves and the cleaning solution. While wearing the gloves up to two oven racks can be placed inside the cleaning bag, add some solution around half the bottle, slightly more if the racks are filthy, remove as much air as possible and then seal the bag. Tilt the bag around ensuring that the racks are covered in the solution and then leave these for 2 hours. To clean the oven itself just pour the solution in the oven, wipe it around with a clean sponge or cloth, ensuring that every dirty surface is covered and then leave for 24 hours. Do not use this on the oven door, if glass, as this may cause the glass to crack.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from numerous stockists and I buy mine from Tesco.co.uk with the current price being around £4.00. This goes on special offer a good few times a year and I always buy mine when the price is reduced to around £3 or under. I feel that this makes this product good value for money, particularly for the great results that I receive when using it.
=== Overall opinion ===
This is very simple to use. At 54cm x 74cm this bag is a decent size, big enough for my large oven racks, and it is strong, tough and durable. The whole process takes just a few minutes and then I am able to leave this overnight before returning in the morning rinsing my oven racks and wiping my oven, thoroughly, with a clean wet cloth. I have a large bowl of clean water near by and this usually gets changed two or three times when using this, however, it still only takes a few minutes in the morning to get the racks cleaned and the oven ready for use again. I usually leave my oven soaked in solution overnight and then soak the racks for 2 hours in the morning, usually while I am cleaning the oven and then doing some other household chores while I wait for the solution to work. I have found, on occasion, that a few spots are missed on the oven racks, however, this is easily rectified by rubbing some of the solution along while rinsing and giving a quick scrub.
This stuff is brilliant! The directions are simple to use, it works well and it takes minimal amount of time. Half a bottle is enough to coat my oven, thickly, which ensures that everything is removed. My oven is prone to build ups of dirt, mess and dried on food, mainly because I bake and cook regularly. I find that this solution works fantastic at cutting through the mess and leaves me with a sparkly clean oven that no longer sets off my fire alarm!
The price of this is reasonable, particularly as it works well. I find that the gloves included are strong, they protect my hands, and I don't have to worry about damaging my wedding rings or my nails while cleaning the oven. Once I am finished I can just discard the gloves without even needing to wash my hands, although I usually do! The cleaning bag is strong, it does not leak and I am able to prop the racks up on my kitchen sink/taps so that the racks stay well covered and get cleaned thoroughly.
I really am pleased with the quality of this product. It's a doddle to use and takes the hassle out of cleaning my oven and my oven racks, all for a very reasonable price particularly when on special offer.
I absolutely hate cleaning my oven normally I try to wipe it after every use to prevent a build up of gunk and burnt on food. I normally used Mr Muscle or something along those lines however over time no mater how clean you try to keep your oven it always seems to get dirty. This was recommended to me by my mum who said it was a lot easier to use than a normal cleaner. The first time I tried it was back last December when we moved into our new home and the intigrated oven wasn't particularly clean.
A box of oven pride costs around £4-5 in most supermarkets, I try to pick this up when it is on offer and sometimes you can get it for around £3.
When you open the box inside you get a pair of gloves, a bottle of cleaning solution and a plastic bag.
Oven pride is designed to be used inside the oven and on the racks. The product is designed to minimise the effort required to clean your oven and it is also fume free.
You need to wear gloves to protect your hands while using the solution.
To use the oven cleaner you simply pour some of the solution into the centre of the oven then using a sponge or cloth spreading the cleaner to the areas needing to be clean. You then need to allow the solution to soak for 4 hours or for best results overnight. After that time has elapsed you then need to remove any residue using a clean sponge/cloth and plenty of hot soapy water. To clean the racks you need to place them in the plastic bag which measures 540mm x 740mm and will accomodate 2 racks from most average ovens, you then need to pour 1/2 to 3/4 of the bottle of solution to the bag, the bag then needs to be sealed you need to dispell as much air as possible and ensure the bag is completely sealed before tilting the bag to coat the racks with solution. The racks then need to soak for 2 hours and then the bag tilted again to recoat the racks in solution and then left for a further 2 hours. After this process is complete you then need to remove the racks and rinse with warm soapy water.
A word of warning this is not for use on the glass of the oven as it can cause it to crack.
The first time I used this I followed the directions and started by applying the liquid to the centre of the oven. I found I only needed to use just under half of the bottle and this was sufficient to coat the whole oven with the solution. As promised on the bottle there is no smell. I then placed my two racks in the bag and poured in the remaining solution. I left my oven overnight as it was horrendous.
The next morning I woke up eager to see the results and set to work immediately removing the gunk, I was pleased to see that a lot of black baked on yukky stuff came away from the walls of the oven. I would recommend placing newspaper on the floor in front of the oven to prevent any damage to your floor. It didn't take much effort to remove the rubbish from in the oven, I then simply wiped it over with a damp clean cloth and I have to say it was sparkling. My racks were also equally as impressive, I have spent hours in the past using a scourer to remove the black stuff that coats the rack and it never comes off, however as soon as I removed the racks from the bag I could see that there was a huge difference even without rinsing. In the bottom of the bag was a pool of brown water with all the black bits floating around in it. I rinsed the racks under warm water and wiped them with a sponge and the black was gone!
I now use this once every few months, with a wipe in between it keeps your oven looking clean. It is easy to use and saves a lot of time and effort. I would give this 5 out of 5.
I love to cook, but I hate cleaning the oven! At least I used to till I tried Oven Pride. This product cuts your oven cleaning time down a great deal.
The cleaner comes in a box that contains a bottle of cleaning fluid, some vinyl gloves and a huge polythene bag which you put your oven shelves in.
I usually put the solution on the oven overnight, which gives it plenty of time to get to work. Put some newspaper down on the floor in front of the oven to protect the flooring as the solution could cause damage. Always wear the gloves provided, as the solution contains caustic soda, which will burn skin. Remove the shelves from the oven and place in the polythene bag and set aside while you tackle the inside of the oven first. Using a sponge, pour a little of the cleaning fluid onto it and spread over the back, sides, base and any other bits of the oven you need cleaning, leaving the door to last. Shut the door to the oven and leav overnight.
When you have smeared it all over the oven, pour the rest into the polythene bag and make sure all the surfaces of the shelves are coated. Seal and leave these overnight too.
The next day, when you come back to clean it all off, all you need to do is wipe away the grease and dirt with a sponge soaked in warm water, making sure you rinse all the solution off well. The shelves just wipe clean! It takes me half an hour to clean my double oven and shelves using this stuff! Everything is left gleaming! It really is the best oven cleaner I have tried!
It's a bit more expensive than most oven cleaners and come in at £3.99 for a box, but frankly, for the time it saves me on a job I hate I'd buy it every time!
One thing to add....don't use this stuff on stay-clean linings and don't get any on your clothes as it stains.
If you hate cleaning ovens, this is the cleaner that takes all the hassle out of the job!
Found this pretty useless.In the oven, it did not remove the small brown dots of burnt on splashes etc. The packet use a second time - same result. Had to use a scourer in the end.Then, the gloves - hopeless, broke half way through the job....can't even see the point of them supplying them.The bag and rack idea is the best thing about this concept, nothing else and they were relatively clean, though not all bits of caked on stuff came off, again, needing a scourer and my oven is 1 year old and hardly used!Would not recommend to anyone - it is a fancy, nicely packaged up gimmick!Must be better out there !
I had read a lot of good reviews regarding this product and having always used another brand, I was willing to give this one a go. However, I was left slightly disappointed by the results. I was also under the impression that it would make cleaning my oven easier than say using a foam that you spray into your oven, I didn't find this was the case.
It all comes in one handy pack, which is a one use, all singing, all dancing oven cleaner. There is a large bottle of thick liquid, whic is 250ml in size. You also a large, thick plastic bag in which you put your oven racks and trays.
The general idea with the product is to cover your oven racks and trays in the thick liquid substance and then you pop them in the bags. I did not find this a very easy process and found it difficult transferring the racks to the bag once they were covers in the liquid. I also found the liquid seemed to run fairly quickly to the bottom of the bag and there was little of the cleaning product left on the racks themselves. This might have been combatted by lying the bag flat, but I found it leaked easily when I tried this.
The remaing contents of the bottle is then emptied into the oven. Starring into my dark oven, I found it hard to see where the clear liquid had covered and where is still had to be applied. I have found it easier to use a foam.
I found the whole process quite time consuming and a bit of a faff and it put me off re-using the product. The results were ok, but not brilliant and I think there are better, cheaper and easier to use products on the market. It costs around £3.50 for the product when I bought it and did not leave me bursting with pride.
I bought this after a friend suggested to me i try it saying it was fab. I debated in asda whether or not i should buy it thinking it was expensive! Currently 3.57 but was cheaper when i bought it. I did see about a week later that aldi generally stock it selling it cheaper too about 2.50-2.80. You get in a cardboard box a 500ml bottle of solution and a big plastic bag for the racks/oven trays.
The idea is you coat the trays or racks in the solution and put them in the bag and then you put solution over the oven and leave it all over night. The instructions advise wearing gloves to cover your arms, as i didnt have them i did it without and was fine.
I was sceptical as i usually am with these cleaning type things but come morning i was super impressed. The only thing i would have said and as the time is coming up again is 2 bottles would have been better. ALso knowing where i went wrong in that i didnt coat the racks very well.
My mothers oven was gross and i suggested to her to get two bottles of this and her oven is spotless now.
I was also impressed with the no odour part as normally they say that but still taint the smell of the oven and consequently the food. But i didnt experience any odour or taint to the food. I will soon be using this again. It does seem pricey but for how often you will need to use it a bargain cos it takes all the hard work out and gives good results!
I have a confession to make and that is I love cleaning! Yes, you ready that correctly, as I simply love cleaning and find it so therapeutic, particularly if I've had a stressful week and I can take out a little of my aggression with a spray can and a yellow duster! However, saying that, there are two household chores that I simply hate, with the first being ironing and the second, cleaning the oven. When I was married to my first husband my oven was always gleaming, which was not due to the fact that I cleaned it, but it was solely due to the fact that I never used it! Since I have been married to my second husband I spend more time in the kitchen where I prepare almost every meal from scratch with my oven being used most days. As my husband adores roast potatoes I find my oven becoming very greasy, particularly as I cook them every Sunday, but little does he know that he's having salad tomorrow! I am ashamed to admit that the cleaning of the oven had previously been a rarity, as I found it so time-consuming and too much like hard work! My oven enjoyed smoking, as almost every time I switched it on it decided to emit a rather stinky grey/black smoke, which made my eyes smart due to the fact that there was a fair amount of grease coating its' surfaces. I was always extremely embarrassed when I cooked for visitors, as I would have to send them out of the kitchen.
However, the end of 2009 saw the fitting of our new kitchen, together with a fitted oven complete with glass door, so as I am very house proud there was no way I was going to allow visitors to witness all of the grease and grime. As a result, the cleaning of the oven became a priority and a task that I dreaded undertaking, particularly as every cleaning product that I had tried was absolutely useless and needed so much elbow grease to achieve minimal results. Several months ago whilst browsing through the many oven cleaning products in Tesco my eyes caught site of a product I had never tried before, namely Oven Pride and this review discusses my experience with using it. I apologise that it is lengthy, but it was difficult to discuss this wonder product in any fewer words. Please note that Dooyoo's image is somewhat outdated.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
It was the vibrant sturdy cardboard packaging that caught my eye with its' bright orange background and the large wording of Oven Price with a sparkle on the letter "e". As with all products of this nature, we are provided with an image of a perfectly clean and extremely shiny oven and although I placed the box into my trolley, my initial thoughts were "here we go again with wasting more money". It was only when I arrived home and unpacked my shopping that I took a closer look at my purchase and noticed that this product is endorsed by Which and was voted the best buy oven cleaner for April 2010. Learning this made me feel a little more positive about trying Oven Pride and that weekend saw me using it for the first time. There is a considerable amount of information provided to us on the sides of the box, which I will discuss later in my review.
PREPARING TO USE OVEN PRIDE ON OVEN RACKS
Inside the box I discovered three items; namely a pair of average thickness blue plastic gloves, a bottle of solution and a large transparent bag. I will be honest here when I say I am not generally the type of person who can be bothered with reading instructions, as I normally toss them to the side. However, there are some products where I will make an exception, particularly those containing ingredients that can cause harm if not correctly used. Consequently, as directed by the manufacturer, namely Robert McBride Ltd, I took some time to read all of the information provided around the box, so I was completely aware of what action I needed to take to obtain the best results from this product. Whilst the information advised that the wrist length gloves are provided for convenience, it is recommended that we use long rubber gloves, so I am a little unsure and am rather confused why the blue gloves have been provided to us. Surely the manufacturer should have provided the gloves that they recommend?
We are provided with two sections of directions for use with the first being for the transformation of racks and grills and we are informed that the sturdy transparent plastic bag is large enough to contain two. As it is advisable to use the product in a well-ventilated area I opened the kitchen window and thankfully these was no wind blowing outside that day. If it had been breezy I would have opted to use my extractor fan instead, as the last thing I wanted was for the fumes to blow back into my face and into my nasal passages. I then carefully placed both heavily stained oven racks into the plastic bag taking extra care not to catch the sides and subsequently tear or puncture the bag. They neatly fitted inside with plenty of room to spare and although I would class the size of my oven as average/large in my opinion the bag would easily house the racks belonging to larger ovens. As directed, I added ½ of the cleaning solution, which is contained within a child locked sturdy plastic bottle where we will find 500 ml of transparent fluid of a thick gel consistency.
What surprised me somewhat is that the aroma of the gel is barely noticeable, as I had expected a rather potent smell due to its' ingredients, which I will provide at the end of this review. I was then required to seal the bag along the upper edge where there is a length of plastic on both sides identical to that on certain brands of sandwich bags. Whilst carrying out this process, it was necessary to dispel as much air as possible to enable the product to work its' magic. I was then directed to fold the bag around the oven racks whilst keeping the solution in the areas that needed to be cleaned. It was then necessary to angle the bag until the solution had sufficiently coated the oven racks and leave for two hours. As I was quite anxious to learn how effective this product actually was, I kept returning to the kitchen every now and then to take a peak through the plastic to see if any of the grease and grime had been removed. However, the results cannot be properly noticed until the recommended timescale has passed. After two hours we are directed to once again angle the bag to enable the solution to re-coat the over racks and a further 4 hours soaking is necessary. It is recommended that the best results be achieved by leaving the product to work overnight, so I would have to wait until the morning to learn of my oven's fate!
The following morning I simply could not believe it when I witnessed the two extremely sparkling and very shiny oven racks that sat upon my kitchen worktop. On closer inspection I could see that they were totally clean and I mean totally. They had previously been smeared in several month's worth of grease and grime and all the elbow grease in the world had not shifted it, yet a good number of hours of soaking in the Oven Pride solution had made them sparkling and look brand new. What once had been a clear gel was now a disgusting murky colour, as it now contained the contents of my oven racks! I simply needed to wash the racks in a bowl of warm soapy water to remove any residue and wipe dry, which literally took seconds. Disposal instructions are provided on the rear of the box where we are advised to partially fill the bag with water, seal and tilt to enable the solution to collect in one corner. We are then advised to cut off the opposite corner and pour the residue down the sink. I have to state that I was quite apprehensive about tipping the product down my sink, particularly due to its' contents, but I followed the instructions as directed.
USING OVEN PRIDE ON THE INSIDE OF THE OVEN
It was now time for me to try the product on the inside of my oven, which is the worst possible task ever in my book! It is recommended that eye protection is worn when using this product and whilst I did not wear anything when dealing with the racks I thought it wise, particularly if I was going to be sticking my head in the oven. However, all that I could find was my sunglasses, which made it virtually impossible to see what I was doing. Consequently, hubby rummaged through his toolbox and handed me a pair of safety goggles! Okay, I looked a real picture, but I really did not care, as it was an essential requirement to protect my eyes! I would mention here that many years ago I decided to use a paint stripping gel when living in my previous house and despite the instructions advising to cover the eyes and nose I ignored them and as a result I suffered horrendous nose bleeds and very sore and running eyes. Consequently, it is extremely wise to follow the manufacturer's safety instructions.
I poured some of the solution into the centre of the oven and placed my head inside to sponge the gel onto the areas to be cleaned, which in my case was the entire oven! Whilst my head was positioned inside the oven resembling that of a chicken awaiting roasting I contemplated turning the gas onto full power rather than have the hassle of cleaning the oven, but then remembered that my new oven is electric! It took only a few minutes to sufficiently cover the entire inside of the oven and again, we are advised to leave for 4 hours or overnight with my choosing the latter. I then needed to remove the residue with a sponge or cloth and was again amazed to witness an almost sparkling clean oven. The manufacturer states that areas with build-up may require a second coat, which applied to my oven and I simply followed the process a second time, but on this occasion it was necessary to gently rub a few areas.
After waiting the recommended timescale I was absolutely thrilled to witness the miraculous results, particularly as my oven looked as good as it did the day I bought it. I simply could not believe how an oven cleaner could be so effective with little effort needed from me. Over the years I have probably spent a small fortune on various products; all of which required a considerable amount of hard scrubbing to provide any noticeable results. A thorough wipe over with warm soapy water is required to ensure that there is no remaining gel coating any of the oven's internal surfaces. The empty plastic bottle should be rinsed with water and disposed of immediately after use.
As I am sure you are aware now, I am absolutely overwhelmed with my experience with Oven Pride, as it offers results far greater than I could ever have dreamed of. As a consequence, I have purchased this product on a number of occasions and at last, have an oven that I can be proud of. Its' name suits this product well and the manufacturers have offered us a very superior product, which makes extremely light work of cleaning that greasy oven. My only real grumble is that they do not provide the correct gloves and stating that those provided are for "convenience only" is a sheer waste and a rather pointless exercise. I cannot recommend this product highly enough and if I could I would award it 10 stars!
I do not normally copy lists of ingredients into my reviews, but I feel it necessary, particularly for the type of product I have discussed. The following information has been obtained from the side of the box:-
"Oven Price contains amongst other ingredients 5 - 15% Sodium Hydroxide, less than 5% amphoteric, anionic surfactants.
There is a considerable lists of do's and don'ts and for obvious reasons I cannot provide them all in this review, particularly as I do not wish to make it any longer than it is. The product is suitable for use on most common stainless steel and enamel surfaces and the solution should be stored at room temperature. For obvious reasons, the product should be kept out of reach of children and pets, as it is corrosive, therefore, the fumes should not be inhaled. Due to the ingredients contained within this product it can cause severe burns, so it is vital that it does not make contain with your skin or eyes. If contact occurs, you should immediately rinse with plenty of water and seek medical advice. Fortunately, I was extremely careful when using and suffered no adverse reactions, as I managed to keep the gel well away from my skin and eyes. Whilst the cardboard packaging is suitable for recycling I am unable to relocate the recycling symbol.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
A 500 ml box of Oven Pride is readily available in most supermarkets and at the time of writing (April 2011) both Tesco and Sainsburys are charging £3.57. My neighbour has informed me that she has managed to obtain this product for only £2 although she cannot remember where, so if anybody knows please let me know, as this is a product I will be purchasing over and over again.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
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