Have you ever been in need of a heavy degreaser for a deep clean?
Well I did last night! Seriously??? This is so gross. As I’m finishing up supper last night, I reached up to switch off the above-stove light as usual. My hand misses the switch and rubs across what feels like sticky slime. So of course, I look up to see what in the world it is? Much to my grotesque, this is what I find!
This is actually embarrassing. Really? This is above the food that I am cooking? What if all that gunk had dropped in our food? UGH!
I have a gas stove which means that you have to have proper ventilation. These are the screens that allow the gas vapors to pass through, sending them up a pipe and out of the house. How would I even know to clean this? Like, who looks up there? I obviously know now that when you are cooking, grease also travels up. Who knew?
So immediately after I made this discovery last night, I popped those screens out. Just let me tell you… what my hand previously touched was nothing in comparison to what I was now seeing. It was disgusting. The screens being double sided, meant that I needed to unclog the greasy goop that was trapped in between. Not to mention the yuck that was on both sides of the screens themselves. I seriously contemplated just throwing them away. There was no way I would get all the dust, grease and whatever else was in there cleaned out. As I showed them to my husband to get his opinion, he quickly reminded me that he had to special build the opening up there and that I was NOT throwing them away. Much to my dismay, I came to the realization that I was going to have to clean them.
What will get sticky off?
I absolutely needed to use my lemon oil. So I filled my utility sink with a cup of vinegar, about 20 drops of lemon oil and filled the sink just above the level of the screens. I Just left them. Those things needed to soak overnight.
The next morning, I went to see how they looked. (I really wish I would have taken a picture). I can’t describe what the water looked like. There were grease bubbles floating all across the surface of the water and the screens were coated in a repulsive, white film. However, this meant the lemon oil was doing its job. As I pulled one screen out, I noticed that the grease on the outer areas would now rub off easily. On the other hand, these screens needed to be scrubbed with a heavy degreaser. So I pulled out the big guns! In a bowl I mixed a 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner, and several drops of lemon oil. I stirred that around until it became the consistency of paste. (Add a little more cleaner if not wet enough). Next, I scooped out a small scoop and spread it over the entire side of the screen. Lastly, I took a small brush and dipped in hot water and began scrubbing.
WHOA… it was coming clean!
For the next few minutes, I continued to spread the degreaser paste, dipping my brush frequently in the hot water until all my screens were completely clean on all areas and in between. Look at the amazing results!
I have been using the Thieves Cleaner for all my cleaning needs for several months now, but have never quite put it to a test of such magnitude. Lesson learned. Check those screens! I think I will soak these screens once a month in lemon oil, vinegar and thieves cleaner to avoid the extra task of scrubbing them. To read more about Thieves Household Cleaner, click HERE. Let’s be honest about it. No wants to use toxic cleaners in their home. But the fact of the matter is not everyone can afford the safe cleaners and, most of them don’t clean very well. Thieves household cleaner is the safest most cost-efficient that I have found on the market and it cleans great! You can also order the Thieves Home Cleaning Kit to fulfill all your cleaning needs. Check out this before and after…