Most supermarket cleaning products are EXPENSIVE & TOXIC to aquatic life and to our water supply. However, being eco-friendly in this instance (and most others!) means you don't have to struggle using weak products that don't do the job.
I have bought dozens of products both 'green' and 'toxic' and I promise, this recipe is BY FAR THE BEST. PLUS you'll save tonnes of money and precious time never having to read complex supermarket labels looking for for the 'right' thing
For pretty much ANY CLEANING JOB from washing the dishes to cleaning a car, this will do a great job with the minimum effort
*good quality vegetable-based washing up liquid (1part) [Ecover in the UK, Rainett grapefruit concentrated in France]
*Bicarbonate of soda (2parts) [you can use cooking grade from the supermarket or animal grade from an agricultural supplier which is around 100 times cheaper]
*WHITE vinegar (1-2 parts)
1. In an oversized bowl - because it fizzes up A LOT
Mix the washing up liquid and bicarb together to make a creamy paste.
2. GRADUALLY - VERY GRADUALLY - stir the vinegar well in. It will froth and fizz-up and swell by around 8 times the volume to make a jelly-like substance.
It will stay jelly-like for longer the better quality washing up liquid you use.
If the mixture separates after settling, the washing up liquid is to blame.
*Don't throw it away, it will still work well, just you will need to keep mixing it back together every time you use it.
If your paste keeps separating and your washing up liquid is not to blame, try adding more vinegar.
3. For greasy, or very old dried in dirt (like ovens) use a decent sized paint brush to paint the jelly directly over the surfaces you need to clean
If possible leave it overnight to DRY - but you may rinse immediately.
You can also use it like washing up liquid by disolving it into a bowl of water or you can use a rag or scrubbing brush to rub it in.
4. Wipe off the dried on paste with a wet rag and Rinse well - *Rinsing well is very important
----it's amazing. NO SMELL, NO TOXIC STUFF I've even splashed it in my eyes at work and it was fine with a rinse!
Our cleaner is especially good on VITREOUS ENAMEL, so, all modern cookers, cars(including engine parts) enameled stoves. It won't damage the surface of enameled or chromed parts of the stove, unlike oven cleaner, which will.
It will soften and remove most dirt, oil, grease, even paint spots.
The other benefit is that it costs about 1/10th of oven cleaner to buy and the ingredients are all useful for other household tasks.
A good use tip is to keep it in a large tub big enough to store the paint brush inside with the cleaner.
NEVER USE GREEN 'NON-SCRATCH' PADS NOR OVEN CLEANER ON YOUR STOVE ENAMEL.
DO NOT USE ANY STRONGLY ACIDIC OR ALKALINE CLEANER AS IT WILL DAMADGE THE VITREOUS ENAMEL SURFACE WHICH IS A KIND OF HARDENED GLASS
We'd love to display our client's installations and have noticed we are quite shy of blowing our own trumpet
People lead busy lives, so to encourage you to send in your photos, we are offering a mini STOVE CARE PACK as a prize for the best photo
includes: rope, glue, mica. wood dog for logs and an antique stove tool
Simply email us with your photos or post to our facebook page and an explanation of what you did during the installation
we will publish them here
We will let the entrants know by email when we have enough entries for the vote and you can check back here to vote for your favourites (yes, vote for yourself if you want but only once please :)
we will contact the winner in Spring
*By entering we assume you give us permission to display the photos on the site. We will NOT include names or addresses unless you specify you want that. If you run a business and would like a free advert for it included please give us details and we're glad to oblige