Post # 1
Good morning, bees!
DH and I went to run the oven on clean because the lease says we are supposed to and there was some gunk on the oven walls (not chunks of stuff). Well…that was a catastrophic failure! I was packing other stuff and DH was wash ing some dishes. I commented at how it smelled kinda smokey and he said that it was going to because the oven is burning everything. I turned around and saw billowing smoke coming out the top of the stove. DH turned around to see it and turned on the exhaust fan which leads to nowhere and cancelled the cleaning.
But it didn’t stop there— haha nooo it was not that smiple!
The smoke kept coming, the smoke alarm is going off, I’m holding the box fan toward the alarm to make it stop and DH is trying to corral the cats (who are hidng in panic from the alarm) into the bedroom because the door was shut and there wasn’t much smoke in there. The smoke is still coming out, we’re taking turns holding the fan and standing on the balcony airing out our lungs and eyes because the smoke is burning them. (all while laughing hysterically because the whole thing is so stupid and we now look like a couple stoners)
So it kinda smells smokey in here but the air is clear and we don’t know how to make it go away. We’re also a bit worried about the couch smelling smokey.
Post # 2
I’d keep as many windows open as you can, for as long as you can. If you have some high quality candles, burning them might help neutralize the smell.
Or simmer water with some nice smelling dried herbs (or vanilla essence and cinnamon…mmmm) on the stove.
If you have a good vacuum that might also help? The kind that is supposed to improve air quality?
A half vinegar/half water mix in a spray bottle should take the smell out of fabrics (without making them smell like vinegar). I’ve never had any issues, bit just make sure you test it somewhere inconspicuous.
Smoke is pretty stinky and hard to get rid of, but a combination of the above tends to work for me for other things. Good luck!
Post # 3
pink.lemonade: I had read about the vinegar thing. Glad to hear a positive review that it won’t make the couch smell! I like the idea of simmering some herbs. I’ll have to get out one of the pots that DH didn’t leave on a burner during this. They’re covered in yuck!
Post # 4
pink.lemonade: Have you ever tried the ammonia and water trick to clean the oven? Its worse now than it was before!
Post # 5
jpalm13: I’m not brave enough for ammonia…I tend to just go the bicarb (baking soda in the US?) and vinegar route. Have you tried that before?
It all works better when the oven is warm, but just make sure you have the vinegar in a spray bottle because it makes it easier to clean out all the bicarb. It will leave white powder everywhere if you don’t spray it down really well!