July 20, 2015

Thieves Cleaner: Oven Edition

This is a judgment free zone right? I hope so, cause I'm about to share some dirty details about my kitchen, specifically my oven. I like to think I run a pretty tight ship around here. We always have clean clothes and sheets, the floor is vacuumed, bathrooms scrubbed, dishes are put away and the kitchen is cleaned up after meals. Our oven is another story.

Here it is, in all it's glory. I forgot to take photos before removing the racks and before spraying down the door. Here the door is shown already soaking in cleaning spray.

I can't remember the last time I deep cleaned this bad boy. I mean, I've wiped out major spills or overflows, but haven't given it a good deep clean in far too long. Almost every time I pre-heat the oven or bake anything our smoke detectors go off. And the way our house is wired, when one goes off, EVERY detector in the house goes off. Which is incredibly annoying for obvious reasons, but it also sends the dogs into a frenzy which adds an extra element of craziness. So anyway, it was time for a good scrubbing to get all that baked on nastiness outta there.

This is where my new favorite cleaner comes in.
I've been using Young Living essential oils for over a year now and have been so pleased with how much they have helped me and my family. I had been wanting to try their line of Thieves products for awhile but just hadn't ordered them yet. I figured, I use semi-natural cleaning products so why switch? Well, I came across this video which totally opened my eyes to all the chemicals and lack of regulations on cosmetics and cleaning products. And since I was running low on a few cleaners I decided to go ahead and order the Thieves Essential Rewards Kit on my next order. There were several products I wanted in the Thieves line and it was less expensive for me to order them all together in the Essential Rewards kit than separately. If you are a Young Living member and haven't checked out their Essential Rewards program,  you definitely should. This is different than being a wholesale member. The ER program does have a 50pv minimum each month but you also accumulate pv each time you order and you can redeem the pv you earned for products. It is basically free money.

Back to my oven, I whipped up a mixture of 1 capful of Thieves cleaner with 1 cup of water and some baking soda.  I also mixed up some of the Thieves all purpose cleaner in a spray bottle. I followed these dilution ratios found on the YL blog. I sprayed down the dirty parts of the oven with the all purpose cleaner, then loaded up the really greasy / baked on stains with the baking soda mixture.
I let it all set for 10-15 minutes then came back with a rag and bristled cleaning brush. I'd scrub a little, then wipe it up, scrub some more, wipe. You get the picture.

Here are the results:

So much better right? I mean, look at it shine! There are still some spots that I couldn't get off, but the baby was waking from her nap and was hungry. I'm sure if I had more time I could have gotten this thing totally spotless, but when you have a screaming, hungry baby, the oven can wait. It looks a million times better than it did before. Plus, the Thieves cleaner is full of all natural ingredients, which means no terrible chemicals in my oven or our food.

I'm slowly swapping out our chemical laden products for natural solutions. I love having cleaning product options that are safe to use around children and pets.

If you are interested in learning more about why I joined Young Living, check out this post. If you are interested in joining for yourself you can sign up here. As always feel free to message me with any questions. For now, I'm going to go bake some peach cobbler in my freshly cleaned oven.

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