Oven Vent Cleaning
Okay, you have seen the posts come around, it looks like magic. Just dip your oven vent in a solution, let it soak, and magically when you pull it out all the grime is gone. So I put it to the test.
First off lets back up. You live your life, cook A LOT, do your daily cleaning and yearly deep clean. But don’t really ever notice how gross your oven vent is. Or better yet, when your microwave is above your stove, you just don’t think about all the oils that raise up and make your microwave bottom gross. I don’t even think I realized there is a wire vent on the bottom of my microwave until pictures started surfacing on Pinterest. Dumb, I know.
So anyway, I have been awakened to my gross oven vent. And yes it was gross. It still is a bit. So I found a tutorial and made the solution and soaked the vent. When I pulled it out of the solution the grime was still there. No magic. No satisfaction and ease of cleaning.
Not so magical solution, but it helps: Fill the sink with hot water, and add 1/4 cup of Borax, let it soak for 20 minutes. When you pull it out, the vent is supposed to only need some rinsing. Rinsing did not help me out at all. She also mentions that IF you need to use a rag, lightly touch the vent. I did that, but bent the vent.
My solution to the FAIL
My oven vent solution to a bad magical solution: I picked up a rag and started wiping the grime off. But instead of a clean vent I bent my vent and the metal edges the hold the criss-cross wire pattern together came off. Now what!!! Honestly!!!! So I took a toothbrush and started lightly wiping. And the grime came off. It took about 10 minutes of “tooth brushing” to get the grime to come off, but it came off with ease. The vent is not perfectly new looking, like the post, but it is cleaner.
Now for unbending and reattaching the edges. Unbending only kind of worked. And it took along time to get the edging back on. I don’t think it is really on all that well either. Basically my vent is broken and though I put it back on the bottom of the microwave and I am sure it will work, it is broken. And as you can see, the vent is not really clean, just cleaner.
I give this a 2 nutshell rating. My vent is cleaner – but not clean – and the toothbrush worked, but there was no easy solution and my oven vent is broken. You can find the post I used here. You can see her vent came out much cleaner then mine with much more ease. I’m glad it worked for her, but know it takes more effort then she used. In almost 2 years of testing pins and blogging them, this is only my second fail. I had one other fail, at the very beginning of blogging, Gluten Free Artisan Bread. But that is it.