True to my post of earlier this week, I tackled my oven today with the Norwex Oven and Grill Cleaner.
IN A NUTSHELL:
I give this product 5 stars. It works really well. I cleaned my oven more easily and faster than with my old commercial brand cleaner, there are NO harsh fumes and I cleaned my oven with my bare hands! It’s going to do wonders for our BBQ.
NOW THE DETAILS:
First, as a reminder, here are my “before” pics:
Before I get into the review, I’ve got to tell you that it is absolutely gorgeous out today – it’s sunny and 17 degrees C (which might not seem warm to some of you, but it’s only mid-March and that’s a pretty decent temp for Southern Ontario this time of year) – and the last thing in the world that I want to do is clean my oven. But I promised, so I’m doing it.
Truthfully, I didn’t want to like this product. I NEVER clean my oven and I figured since it was so filthy, I would have to use the whole $38.99 bottle, which just irked me. Just ask Mark how much I hate spending money. Also, I just didn’t believe the claims that it is odorless and effective. To be honest, I thought it was going to be a colossal rip-off. Turns out I was wrong.
Now, with the lovely weather, bear in mind that I didn’t spend time “scrubbing” my oven. I sprayed it, wiped it and got out.
I also want to point out that my cheap side prevailed and I used very little of the cleaner.
Directions say to pre-heat oven to 100°F to “energize the microbes and enzymes so they’ll work faster”. This is an important step. I tried it on a test area without heating the oven first and the cleaner was ineffective. Turn the oven off and then spray with the Norwex Oven and Grill Cleaner. Close the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes. You can let it sit longer, but you might want to spray a little water on it or use a very damp cloth if it has dried up to make wiping easier.
I followed the directions and got out my handy Norwex All Purpose Kitchen Cloth (I’m telling you right now, I was impressed by the oven cleaner, but this cloth now has a special place in my heart. Read my review).
It took me 6 minutes (on top of the 5 minute waiting time) to wipe my oven clean. Well, almost clean. You can see where I missed with the spray at the front left and that area at the back is super-caked splatter that I think needs a more abrasive cloth.
I was curious to see if I could get the splatter off the back so I went through the whole thing (pre-heat, spray, wait, wipe) a second time.
The splatter did not come off with just the cleaner and a quick wipe with a wet cloth. I can see that it will come off with something more abrasive like a Norwex spirinette but it’s too nice out to waste my time doing that so I left it.
The second cleaning picked up a little more grease, mostly where I had missed with the spray the first time, but for the most part not a huge difference from the first cleaning, so save yourself some time and just do it once. You may or may not want to put a little more elbow grease into it than I did, though.
Lets get to the Norwex sales pitch/propaganda/claims that came with my training package. I’ve put my comments in blue:
- Self scouring action means less scrubbing when you clean ovens, broilers, hoods, pots, pans and fryers – As stated above, I didn’t scrub at all. Just wiped. I think I could have gotten more gunk off with a scrubber but I was too lazy. It really did come off easily!
- Effectively removes baked-on fats, oils, grease, proteins and carbohydrate residues of animal and vegetable origin. Yup.
- Produces a “super-cling” foam that penetrates through the heaviest grease and baked-on foods. OK, I didn’t notice any foam, but perhaps that was because I sprayed so little on. It DID cling though. There was no dripping down the sides of the oven at all.
- ODORLESS, so there is no fear of breathing harmful fumes! Hmmm. It’s not exactly odorless, but the smell is very faint and I only noticed it immediately after spraying. Now, it IS a spray,so some of the liquid gets in the air and I managed to inhale a little the first time I used it (had my head in the oven as I sprayed – don’t ask why, please). It made me cough a bit but then that was it. My kitchen didn’t stink, my eyes didn’t burn and I could breath.
- Water-based, non-caustic cleaner safe for use on stainless steel, ceramic, chrome, Formica®, plastic, iron, aluminum, and painted surfaces. I’m going to have to take them on their word on this. I’ve only used it on my oven (including the racks) and on the glass windows in my fireplace (which it worked great on by the way).
- Bio-based, natural and biodegradable – this non-corrosive formula contains enzyme formulation. I’ll provide the ingredient list below in case you’re interested.
- pH 9 creates an alkaline solution (non-acidic). I used my bare hands to wipe the oven clean with a cloth and I was fine (although I don’t think I have sensitive skin or anything). Others might want to use gloves.
- Concentrated formula: Saves money – cost is only a fraction of most ready-to-use products. You know, I think this might actually be true. I cleaned my oven twice (see below) to see if a second dose would get the real tough stuff and ended up using less than 1/5 of the bottle. Now, I sprayed very lightly and the real tough splatter did not come off (but it also didn’t come off with my commercial cleaner 6 years ago), but my oven is CLEAN! Plus, I think Mark is gonna love this stuff when he cleans our BBQ with it. I would never let him use the commercial oven cleaner since our food goes right on the grill, so BBQ cleaning was a real chore. But I won’t mind him using this.
- this stuff really works – I (probably like you) am not easily impressed by a cleaner, but I WAS impressed by this.
- it works fast
- no scrubbing is required – just an easy wipe
- there are no harsh fumes
- it’s not toxic – the ingredients are 100% safe, but if you want you can heat your oven or BBQ to 200°F after cleaning to get rid of any extra residue
- it’s biodegradable
- it’s gonna make BBQ cleaning fast & easy
- it works very well on the glass in your fireplace or wood-burning stove
- it will work wonders on your stainless steel pots
- you can use it on self-cleaning ovens (just make sure the self-cleaning heat is off!). I don’t have a self-cleaning oven but they use a LOT of energy to clean your oven. They have to heat up to approx 900°F! That’s HOT! For 3 hours. I can see your money going up in smoke!
- the packaging is non-aerosol and recyclable
- the initial cost is high. At $38.99, this is a pricey cleaner, but you’ll clean a LOT with it and I think you’ll get your money’s worth
- honestly, I can’t think of anything else.
- UPDATE: Norwex changed their packaging and prices in Jan, 2012. The Oven and Grill cleaner is now cheaper ($29.99) but in a somewhat smaller bottle.
- Amylase – an enzyme that breaks down starches
- Bacillus subtilis – a soil organism that is found everywhere, is non-pathogenic, and survives well under extreme environmental conditions. It produces a variety of enzymes such as amylase, lipase and cellulase that break down different substances. Once applied the enzymes only last for a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the application.
- Protease – an enzyme that breaks down proteins. The protease in this composition is used for cleaning and washing purposes. Proteases are part of many laundry detergents.
- Water – I think we all know what this is
- Polyoxyethylene lauryl ether – A non-ionic surfactant, foaming agent, and detergent often used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Present at less than 3%.
Shelf life is 2 years.