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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE (R) Self-Cleaning Oven Cleans Other Stuff, Too PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARY HUNT   
Thursday, 10 February 2011 05:17

Leaving the broiler pan and racks in my oven during the "selfclean" cycle gave me an unintended consequence: Everything turned out clean and beautiful. Now I'm wondering why I didn't take that as a signal to give other durable yet grungy items the same treatment. Today's first tipster sure got me thinking...

DRIPPING PAN DILEMMA. I have an electric stove that is probably 10 years old but is in excellent condition except for the dripping pans. I tried everything but couldn't seem to get rid of the buildup of burned-on food. I almost ordered new ones but thought I would try putting one in the oven when I ran the cleaning cycle. Sure enough, it came out spotlessly clean and shiny, with the burned-on food reduced to a bit of ash. — Sharon, Maryland

CAFFEINATED PLANTS. I have taken to pouring the remains of my morning coffee into my office plant. I've noticed that this plant (which also sits by a large window) is much more vibrant than my plants at home because of the acids in the coffee. I've decided to start adding coffee to my houseplants, too. — Angela, Tennessee

GREASED FOIL. Before placing foil over the top of the lasagna (or another cheesetopped casserole), spray it with cooking spray. This makes taking off the foil when I'm done baking so much easier, and it doesn't pull the yummy topping off the baked dish, either. — Stephanie, Missouri

MAGIC SPONGE MAGIC. I use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean the food splatters remaining on my Corning and Pyrex bakeware items after I've washed them. I use the sponge on my glass oven door, too, with excellent results. — Anne, Connecticut

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