Cleaning Your Oven for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Cooked in oven

Now is the time to test and clean your oven in preparation for Thanksgiving Day. Cleaning takes time and it’s not something you want to put off.

Why Should I Clean My Oven?

According to appliance manufacturer Whirlpool, a clean oven cooks food more evenly and smells better versus a dirty oven. Grease and food spills can gather inside of the oven’s interior, darkening it and making the oven work harder to evenly cook food. Any spills can start to smoke and produce unpleasant smells. These smells might affect the taste of any food you cook inside it.

How to Test Your Oven Before Thanksgiving Day (Easy)

If you have not turned on your oven in several months, make sure it is working properly by baking something simple like a frozen pizza or cookies. Thanksgiving is already a very busy time for appliance repair businesses so if something is not working right; you want to know as soon as possible in order to schedule an oven repair.

Using an Oven’s Self-Cleaning Cycle

If you are planning on using the self-cleaning feature of your oven, do it a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  A self-cleaning cycle reach’s incredibly high temperatures in order to incinerate food particles, dirt and grime inside your oven. The cycle takes a long time to run and the oven door locks as a safety precaution. Self-cleaning cycles can also produce smoke and smells that might linger inside your home. Be sure to open windows and keep the room well-ventilated when running the self-cleaning cycle.

If your oven is several years old, it might prove risky to run a self-cleaning cycle so close to Thanksgiving Day. During these cycles, there is a good chance that any weakened parts might break, leading to a needed repair. Thanksgiving is already a very busy time for appliance repair businesses and they may not have the part they need to fix your oven in stock.

Eco-Friendly Options for Cleaning an Oven

You may decide that cleaning your oven by hand is best. To clean your oven, first consult the owner’s manual for your oven to see what to use and what not to use when cleaning your oven. If you no longer have the owner’s manual, you can search for it online using your oven’s model number which should be located somewhere on the oven or range.

Let an oven completely cool before cleaning it.  Put down towels or a plastic garbage bag to catch any drips or dirty water from cleaning and to protect your floors.  Remove any oven racks. Make your own DIY eco-friendly oven cleaner by mixing together a paste of baking soda, dish washing liquid and a little water.  Let the baking soda mixture sit for 30 minutes to overnight. Use a spray bottle filled with vinegar or lemon juice to spray inside the oven for added cleaning power on tough grime and grease. Scrub the walls clean using a non-scratch scrubbing sponge like the Instant Erase Super Star Scrubby or SpongeOutlet’s non-scratch cleaning pad. 

Remove the oven racks and clean them by soaking them in a sink or bathtub using the same mixture. Rinse and wipe clean.

Remove any trace of your home-made cleaner before turning on your oven with a damp microfiber cleaning cloth. After your oven is clean, turn it on to make sure there is no smoking from left-over cleaner.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Family Members

Shammy cloth for Holiday cleaning

The holiday season is upon us, and you don’t have a clue what you’re going to get your family members as a gift. If you have kids, you know they deserve purposeful gifts this holiday season. Well, we have a great gift idea for those “cleaner” family members. They’re called cleaning products! We understand that the holidays can be quite chaotic, and our cleaning products can be the perfect gift to help those clean up after the holidays are over.

For the Ones Who May Need a Little Help

At Sponge Outlet, we have a plethora of cleaning products that will get your family member excited to start cleaning. Maybe you have a certain family member that just needs some help cleaning their home or room after the holidays are over. We aren’t necessarily telling you to hire Monica from the hit television show Friends, we’re just offering some of our simple cleaning products.

  • Our microfiber towels work well when it comes to cleaning computer monitors, TV screens, tabletops and counters. These towels will last a long time, and they won’t leave any scratches behind. This is the perfect cleaning product for your family members who may need to clean their bedroom windows, bathroom mirrors, and electronics.
  • Our large shammy cloth will get the job done when it comes to cleaning off desks, tables, and other furniture in your bedroom.

For the Ones Who Did the Most During the Holidays

Some of your family members take one for the team when it comes to hosting, cooking, and preparing for the best holiday meals. These people need all the help and support they can get for cleaning up, so we believe these cleaning products we have to offer will give them the relief they need for cleaning up and getting back to their normal routine.

  • Our eraser mop floor cleaning pads are two-sided pads with one side adhering to the Velcro on your mop and the sponge material on the other side for cleaning scruffs, dirt and grime on floors.

We know it can be difficult for family members to host, cook, prepare, and then clean up after the holidays, and that’s why if they receive these cleaning products as gifts, their clean-up will come easier.

Sponge Outlet

Sponge Outlet provides cleaning supplies for the holiday chaos that may ensue. We carry natural cleaning products to help you with your everyday cleaning. Contact us at 877-776-6430 today!


How to Remove Christmas Tree Sap This Holiday Season

How to Eliminate Christmas Tree Sap This Holiday Season

We love our Christmas trees. The twinkling lights, the festive decorations, the presents waiting to be unwrapped … but then there’s the sap. Cleaning sticky pine sap residue off the floor could even turn Santa Claus into the Grinch. There is hope, however: with the right products and techniques you can eliminate Christmas tree sap this holiday season.

Here are a few tips for removing Christmas tree sap and preventing sticky, gooey buildup on your floors:

Use Ice to Remove Christmas Tree Sap 

Placing ice cubes over puddles of sap for 10 to 15 minutes will cause the sap to harden.  If you have hardwood floors, scrape the sap off with a plastic knife, a razor or even your fingernail. Just be careful to position the tool nearly parallel to the floor so you don’t scrape or scratch the wood or tile. For carpeted floors,  use your fingers to pick the sap out of the carpet fibers.

Try Oil Soap to Remove Pine Tree Sap

Non-diluted oil soap, like Murphy’s, is great for cleaning pine sap off hardwood floors. Apply it with a mop or pour it directly on your floor, then let it sit for 15 minutes. The oil-based soap will soften the sap, making it easier to scrub off with a brush or non-scratch sponge and then rinse. If you don’t have oil soap, vegetable shortening or rubbing alcohol can work, too.

Don’t forget, the right products can go a long way toward protecting your floors this holiday season. SpongeOutlet’s amazing Eraser Sponge is ideal for spot cleaning carpet stains, and our Melamine Floor Pads will get your whole floor nice and clean after the holiday season ends and you take down your tree. Happy Holidays!