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How to Go (Almost) Plastic-Free In The Kitchen

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Wendy Moral Fibres

Hello!  No Ten Things this week I’m afraid.  One word, which I’m sure you can relate to – LIFE!

In its place, I have written an article for Friends of the Earth this week on how to go (almost) plastic-free in the kitchen, which you can find right this way.  It’s full of practical and realistic advice on going plastic-free, which I’m sure you will find useful.

I say almost plastic-free, because I personally don’t think it’s environmentally friendly or financially prudent to simply throw out all the of the perfectly good and perfectly functioning plastic items in your kitchen, to then go and buy new plastic-free products to replace them.  My very best plastic-free advice is, therefore, to start slow and small and simply replace what breaks or runs out as you go, but do check out the whole article!

I’ve also collaborated with Friends of the Earth on a plastic-free in the kitchen Pinterest board, to act as a useful resource.  If you have any pins to add to it then do let me know!

 

 

Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Homemade Oven Cleaner

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Hello!  Today I wanted to share a recipe from Fresh Clean Home – my homemade oven cleaner.

This time last year I barely came up for air as I beavered away on writing the book.  Honestly, ask me what happened in May last year and I cannot tell you, aside from busying away in my kitchen and on my laptop, so it’s a huge relief that precisely 365 days later I can share the fruits of my labour with you!

Anway, back to the oven!  I really like my homemade oven cleaner recipe because no noxious fumes come off it.  It was recently reported that regular use of cleaning sprays has an impact on your lung health, comparable with smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.  My clean green oven cleaning gel has none of that nastiness, but all of the effectiveness.

The best part?  You can pick up all of the ingredients (mostly from the baking aisle!) next time you’re at the supermarket!

Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipe

from Fresh Clean Home

Is cleaning the oven your least favourite job?  Mine, too, my friend, mine, too.  I shan’t admit how often I clean my oven (you might judge me), but let’s just say it’s not as often as I should.

For me, the big problem is that I find the caustic fumes from conventional oven cleaners overwhelming.  Instead, I’ve come up with this oven-cleaning gel that does the trick without the noxious atmosphere.  The gel ensures the cleaner clings to the sides of your oven overnight, allowing the soda crystals to really get in and help dissolve the cooked-on grease and grime.  The result is a clean oven without the chemical stench.

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Photography for Fresh Clean Home by Rachel Whiting

You Will Need:

1 teaspoon xanthan gum (buy it from the baking section of the supermarket or health food store)
2 teaspoons glycerine (again, but it from the baking section of the supermarket)
2 teaspoons washing-up liquid
300ml just-boiled water
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons soda crystals (find it in the cleaning aisle of the supermarket)

Makes: a single use gel

Use: immediately

Method

Put the xanthan gum and glycerine in a large bowl and stir well to fully combine. Add the washing-up liquid and stir again.

Put the just-boiled water in a jug and add the salt and soda crystals. Stir until the crystals dissolve.

Pour the warm solution into the bowl with the xanthan gum mixture and use a hand-held blender to pulse for 1 minute, until fully combined.

To Use

Switch off your oven at the socket and remove the racks from the inside.  Wearing rubber gloves, use a sponge or scrubbing brush to apply the gel liberally to the surfaces of your oven, including the door.

You can also use the homemade oven cleaner on your oven racks and trays, too, if you like.

Leave the gel on overnight, then in the morning, again wearing rubber gloves, use a scrubbing brush to give your oven a thorough clean.  If burnt-on spots remain, sprinkle over some bicarbonate of soda to give you some extra scouring power.

When you’re satisfied, wipe the oven down with a clean, damp cloth, rinsing the cloth in fresh water as necessary.

Warning: Do not use on aluminium surfaces.

Fresh Clean Home, packed full of natural cleaning recipes for every corner of your home, is available now through your local bookshop or via online sellers.  You can buy it here:

Amazon / Foyles / Hive / The Telegraph / Waterstones / Wordery