Product Type: Oven Pride Household Cleaning
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Oven Pride? Even I'm now proud of my oven!
Member Name: redhead78
Advantages: Really works at cleaning your oven and racks easily and with no scrubbing
Disadvantages: Gives lots of fumes off when using initially, will make you ashamed of how dirty your oven is!
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!
Summary: A good value product which really does as it promises - cleaning your oven easily with no scrubbing
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