OK, so I tried this hint I found on Pinterest a few weeks ago, on a site called diy home sweet home, about cleaning my oven window with baking soda and water. Well, that hint was getting mixed reviews from all the readers, so naturally I had to try it myself. It did clean the oven window, although not completely, and it took a good bit of elbow grease mixed in with the soda – pretty messy combination. But it was what I found in the comments that REALLY made me curious. It was about cleaning the wood stove window with the ashes from the fire. She said she tried the same method on her oven door and it worked much better than the baking soda. Uh huh…yep, had to give that a whirl.
We have a wood stove in our family room, and use it almost exclusively to heat the house during the winter months. The window gets pretty dirty, pretty quickly. So, since I was already in the mood for trying new things, I had to try that one. I would link to that person if they would’ve left their name, but it’s difficult to link to “Anonymous.” Anyway, I tried her suggestion on the oven door, on the wood stove door – even on the tea kettle! Same results on all three: clean. Very clean. And no nasty chemical smell from oven cleaner (which I refuse to buy EVER again!).
So, with all that said, here is proof that the ash cleaning experiment really works on the wood stove (naturally, I forgot to take pictures of the oven door procedure). And I love looking at the fire through a clean window! Woo Hoo!! Oh, and by the way . . . you don’t even have to use new paper towels for the washing part – that’s where the REmissionary part comes in. You can use a paper towel you’ve just wiped the counter with, or one you’ve used for drying your hands, or even one that’s been used for cleaning the windows. I did use new ones to rinse the window with, and then tossed them all into the fire when I was finished.
Got any other helpful tidbits you’d care to toss my way? It’s OK, I can take a hint!
OH . . . (enter Columbo) just one more thing. This week I’d like to dedicate these photos to Sandra Conner’s Thursday’s Windows photo challenge, since I’ve missed the last few. So Sandra, here’s lookin’ at ya! 🙂