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5 Things To Do with Oven Cleaner

Oven cleaner is a versatile household item that can clean much more than just your oven. Use it on curling irons, the bathtub, cast iron and more!

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Always wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear when using oven cleaner.

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1. Put the Style Back in Your Curling Iron

Before using a curling iron that has caked-on gel or hair product stuck to it, spray on a light coating of oven cleaner. Let it sit for an hour, then wipe it off with a damp rag and dry with a clean cloth. Make very sure that you don’t use the iron until it is thoroughly dry.

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2. Wipe Away a Bathtub Ring

Get rid of stubborn stains or a ring around your white porcelain bathtub by spraying it with oven cleaner. Let it sit for a few hours, then give it a thorough rinsing. Do not apply oven cleaner to coloured porcelain tubs; it could cause fading. And be careful not to get the oven cleaner on your shower curtain, as it can ruin both plastic and fabric.

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3. Clean a Cast-Iron Frying Pan

If you need to clean and re-season an encrusted second-hand cast-iron frying pan you found at a garage sale, start by giving it a good spraying with oven cleaner and placing it in a sealed plastic bag overnight. The next day, remove the pot and scrub it with a stiff wire brush. Then, wash it thoroughly with soap and water, rinse well and immediately dry it with a couple of clean, dry cloths. This technique eliminates built-up gunk and grease, but not rust. For that, you’ll need to use vinegar. Don’t leave it on too long, though. Prolonged exposure to vinegar can damage cast-iron cookware.

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4. Remove Stains From Concrete

Get those unsightly grease, oil and transmission fluid stains off your concrete driveway or garage floor by spraying them with oven cleaner. Let it settle for 5 to 10 minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse it off with your garden hose at its highest pressure. Severe stains may require a second application.


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5. Strip Paint or Varnish

For an easy way to remove paint or varnish from wooden or metal furniture, try using a can of oven cleaner; it costs less than commercial paint strippers and is easier to apply (that is, if you spray rather than brush it on).

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