Pinterest Trials: Kitchen

I’m a bit of a clean freak, so naturally I have a Pinterest board full of different cleaning techniques. Pinterest is known for great ideas, but occasionally some seemingly awesome ideas just flop. I tested out three of my latest cleaning pins today to see if they live up to their allure.

Clean up the Cookie Sheets
My cookie sheets were a little dingy and greasy, so I gave this link a go. I made a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, spread it on the icky spots of a cookie sheet and let it sit for about 6 hours. I wiped it off with a sponge, and it looked pretty much the same. A little less greasy, maybe, but not much improvement.

Drip Pan Drama
Those drip pans on my stove have seen better days. We’ve been in this apartment for about seven months, and I’ve wiped down the pans once or twice, so they’re not as bad as some I’ve had in the past. The instruction on this link requires boiling water, adding ¼ cup of baking soda and boiling the drip pans for 15-20 minutes. I left the pans in the water for 20-25 minutes. Some of the gunk came off! I was hoping for a little bit more, though. I think, in this case, a little scrubbing would have worked just as well.

Magic Oven Cleaner
Cleaning the oven is one of my least favorite chores. I hate it so much that I rarely do it, so all of the schmoo just builds and builds. I was excited to find an easier way to go about cleaning the nastiness.

I used this recipe for the Magic Cleaner:
2 oz Dawn
4 oz bottled lemon juice
8 oz white vinegar
10 oz water

I sprayed it in the oven and let it sit for about 8 hours. All the gugooka came off so easily! Very little scrubbing. I’ll definitely use this cleaner again!


This was a fun experiment, and it made me buckle down and clean some not so fun kitchen areas. I’m psyched about my new Magic Cleaner find! I also learned a little about photography and lighting, and hopefully my pictures will get better in upcoming posts!


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