Monthly Archives: May 2012

How To Clean Your Oven Without Chemicals

Hands up who actually enjoys this task? Anyone?




I dislike it more than ironing (and I dislike ironing a whole lot). But it is something that needs doing occasionally. And it’s certainly better to do it sans chemicals. (Oven cleaning chemicals are among some of the most toxic in our homes. I’d highly, highly, strongly recommend you kick them to the curb.)


Here’s What you Need to Clean your Oven Without Toxic Cleaners:

  • bicarb soda
  • vinegar in a spray bottle
  • clean, damp cloth
  • dry microfibre cloth
  • elbow grease


How to Green Clean Your Oven:

  1. Remove the trays and shelves, as these need to be washed by hand, and wipe out (or vacuum out!) the loose crumbs and crap on the bottom of the oven.
  2. Sprinkle the inside of the oven door liberally with bicarb, and a little on the inside of the oven itself.
  3. Spray the whole internal surface of the oven liberally with the vinegar, as well as inside the door. You’ll see the bicarb fizz and bubble.
  4. Leave for 15-30 minutes.
  5. Use the damp cloth to wipe the inside of the oven thoroughly. You will need to rinse the cloth out multiple times.
  6. Use the cloth then to scrub the glass inside the oven door. This is where the sticky build-up is worst, and it will take a bit of elbow grease to lift the grime off.
  7. Once the glass is clean, rinse the cloth thoroughly and wipe out the inside of the oven.
  8. Use the dry microfibre cloth to clean up any excess and clean the glass.
  9. Use the microfibre cloth to wipe over the front of the oven, removing fingerprints, drips and smudges.


Sparkly McGee!!

Tell me, is there an easier – GREEN – way to clean an oven? I’d love to know. Because while this is green and super effective, it takes time. Time I’d prefer to spend drinking cocktails. Ha!

Joy in the Beautiful

our new Maltalier puppy

This (as yet, unnamed*) little guy joined our family yesterday. And while his floppy ears and gorgeous puppy-dog eyes are insanely sweet, the best part of his introduction has been the joy and immediate love shown by the kids.

We can all see and relish in the beauty of a new puppy, or an incredible sunrise, or an amazing song, but to take a moment and see how that beauty affects those around you is where the joy really lies.

We hear so often (and rightly so) that contentment lies in the ability to be grateful with what we have. To find joy in the everyday, beauty in the mundane. But to find the hidden joy in something that is already beautiful, is to share it with others.

In doing that, we see instantly that we are all connected. That no man is an island. That what we do, what we create, what we say and what we build has a direct impact on others. And that we can have a lasting effect on those around us by introducing them to beautiful experiences.


But also…he’s just a really freaking cute dog, right??


*Currently struggling on the name front. Isla has been adamant that his name is HoHo. I suggested Artie. Then I suggested Artie HoHo by way of a compromise. Sparky dislikes both of those options and has suggested Slash. Or Cash (The Man in Black). I’m happy with Cash. But now Isla is convinced his name is HoHo Marty. Or is that Marty LoLo?

Cash HoHo?

I don’t KnowKnow.