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November 07, 2011

Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays: 28 Day Challenge – Day 12

Day 12: Clean the Oven and Cook Top

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Have you noticed we’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen during this challenge? For good reason! For one thing, we definitely have kitchens on the brain because we are so excited over this new video workshop! And for another, our kitchens tend to be taxed to the max during the holidays.  Giving extra attention to this part of the house now means the heart of our homes will be pumping at its best during the upcoming festivities.


So before we boil the potatoes and bake the pumpkin pie, let’s give the oven and burners a thorough cleaning. How you do this will vary by cook top and oven type, so refer to your owners’ manuals for best results! I do prefer to be a bit “greener” in my cleaning, so where my owner’s manual suggests Soft Scrub I opt for Bon Ami instead.



I hope the weather where you are allows for some open windows, because I usually need some extra ventilation while cleaning my oven! Now that things have gotten a good scrubbing, I will commit to wiping up spills promptly to keep my stove and oven in top shape for the holidays.


Happy Cleaning!

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I'll have to try bon ami sometimes. I use baking soda and it works great but takes some elbow grease. :) The only thing I don't like is I can never seem to rinse out all the residue. Loving this series and that I finally cleaned my windows this weekend. :)


Thanks for the nudge to clean my stove top and oven. It really needs a good scrubbing. I'll pick up some Bon Ami on my next Target trip. :)

Mark A. Morales

I hate cleaning the oven so much! But this time of year means more use of it so it must be clean!

Kim @ Extra Organized

Hi Jennifer, what a great blog. I love your organizing challenges. I can't believe though that I've discovered your blog and the first post I've clicked on is cleaning the oven, my least favourite job. Thank you, though, for the inspiration!


My husband did the stove/oven the morning before you posted. I need to get caught up on a few of the other ones since I was away a week but we had already done two of them before you posted the challenges. I love the challenges and the Finish-it-Friday. I'm working hard on the things I didn't finish this weekend. Have a great day!


Glad to hear you are liking the challenges! Kim & Mark, I have to admit that cleaning the oven is one of my least favorites, too, but it does feel great when it's done, doesn't it?

Keep up the great progress, everyone!

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