The $3.50 secret to a sparkling oven door: Mum tries four of Australia’s most popular cleaners to find out which one works best – with surprising results
- An Australian mother tested four popular cleaning products on her oven door
- She said she was sick of wasting money on fad formulas which rarely work
- She compared Easy Off, Fairy, Bar Keeper’s Friend and vinegar with bicarb soda
- After 25 minutes, Easy Off removed the greatest amount of stains and tarnishing
- The DIY mixture of vinegar and bicarb soda was the least effective
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A $3.50 cleaning spray is more effective at transforming greasy ovens from grimy to gleaming than products more than twice the price, an Australian mother has claimed.
The woman tested four of the country’s most popular cleaning solutions on the dirty glass of her oven door to determine which produces the best result with the least amount of scrubbing.
She compared Easy Off ($3.50), Fairy ‘Easy’ Spray ($7.50), Bar Keeper’s Friend Cleanser and Polish ($7.95) and a homemade mixture of bicarb soda and white vinegar, which is said to lift tough stains just as well as chemical agents.
After leaving the products to soak on four corners of the door for 25 minutes, she wiped them away with a non-scratch sponge and inspected the glass.
Easy Off – the cheapest store-bought cleaner – removed the greatest amount of caked residue and tarnishing, turning her ‘filthy oven door’ sparkling clean with a single wipe.
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Easy-Off (bottom left) removed the greatest amount of stains with the least effort, despite being the cheapest store-bought cleaner tested
She said the $3.50 solution was ‘hands down the easiest’ to apply and the most effective at dissolving deeply ingrained stains.
She said it was also less abrasive and less toxic than she expected.
Bar Keeper’s Friend lifted some stains, but only after a few minutes of heavy scrubbing.
Neither Fairy nor the bicarb soda and vinegar solution failed to make ‘the slightest improvement’ despite both having reputations as the best cleaners on the market.
The huge difference between a coat of Easy Off (bottom left) and Fairy ‘Easy’ Spray (top left) after being wiped with a non-scratch sponge
The sponge she used to lift tough stains
The woman posted photos of the test in a cleaning group on Facebook, telling members she was sick of wasting money on fad formulas which rarely work.
‘Every time someone on here raves about something great to clean their oven, I get so excited with the thought of it being ‘easy’ that I rush and get the latest recommendation,’ she said.
‘I end up with a cupboard full of cleaners that I can’t even remember what I bought them for…so I thought, that’s it. I’m going to do a test. The results speak for themselves.’
While the woman found vinegar and bicarb soda to be wholly ineffective, thousands of Australians swear by the homemade mixture to lift tough stains off kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
One Queensland mother used the trick to great effect in May 2019 when she shared photos of her sparkling oven door in a cleaning group on Facebook.
She sprinkled baking soda on the glass and sprayed white vinegar on top, then left it to soak for 15 minutes.
How to clean an oven door with baking soda and vinegar
1. Sprinkle baking soda on the glass.
2. Spray vinegar on it (any white vinegar). Leave it to soak for about 15 minutes and then scrub it off with a nonscratch sponge.
3. Once cleaned, wipe it off with window cleaner and a paper towel.
Source: Mums Who Clean Facebook
She scrubbed the door with a non-scratch sponge and wiped the residue away with a paper towel dipped in window cleaner.
The combination of the powder, vinegar and cleaner lifts caked stains and food residue from doors, oven racks and baking trays, and many claim it’s more effective than best-selling sprays alone.
One person said ‘it works better than any cleaner I’ve ever used’ both inside the oven and on the outside of the glass.