I’ve tried a few DIY tricks recently that I thought I’d report about.
I found a DIY laundry detergent recipe on Pinterest. The cost is really low and I figured why not try it. One tablespoon is reallio trulio enough for our large-capacity front-loading washer and the stuff comes out so clean. It’s amazing. There is one pain in the butt part which is that you need to grate the fels naptha soap, but I’m thinking that I can probably get my food processor to do the hard work for me next time.
There is another one making the rounds about using baking soda and peroxide to clean your cookie sheets. I tried that one too but I didn’t follow the directions exactly. It worked okay, certainly better than just soap + elbow grease, but not great. In preparing this post I re-read the entry and realized that I didn’t let it sit. Doh! I need to do that since I sure don’t feel like scraping away at my pans. I’ll get on it and get back to ya.
Last one, and this is a huge one, was removing rust from a very rusted cast iron griddle. Our grill came with a cast iron grill that fits in where the ordinary grills go. Back when it was new we used it but I seriously think we haven’t used it once in the six years since we moved into this house. It just sat under the grill, exposed to all four seasons. I started with a couple of recipes, all of which were some combination of acid + time + elbow grease–and I’ve already said I’m no fan of elbow grease. Then, oh lordy, then I found another idea. Those brilliant people at Lifehacker.com suggested using the self-cleaning function of your oven.
Now hold on, I just want to point out that this is not the sort of step to take if there is light rust on your pan. Or rust only in spots. This is a pretty extreme step. But my word it did work. The pan came out with most of the rust sitting on top as a thin layer of dust. I did have to have at it with steel wool which was back to that danged elbow grease but I think that also tells you how much rust was on the thing. I dried it on the stovetop and it’s now stinking up the house as I re-season the thing.
So that’s two big successes and one I’ll-get-back-to-ya. Pretty good in my book!