The Weird Oven Cleanup Hack Used by Nancy Birtwhistle from Bake Off

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Bake Off Queen Nancy Birtwhistle shared some of her ‘eyebrow raising’ household cleaning tips with the nation this morning.

Hull-born Nancy, who now lives just across the water in Barton-upon-Humber, stunned BBC Morning Live viewers with her tip for cleaning the oven after Christmas – using grass .

The 2014 Great British Bake Off winner is a strong supporter of green cleaning methods as opposed to the use of harsh chemicals in the home and surprised the hosts of the first Morning Live show of 2022, Gethin Jones and Kimberley Walsh, with his advice for cleaning. burnt food on the oven racks.

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“You put your oven rack in place and wonder where all this is coming from, all this solid, burnt gunk?” Nancy said.

“In the past, I used to use heavy chemical cleaners, but I don’t do that now, I take out my shelf and throw it in the tall grass, leave it there for 24 hours, then the next day, I dry a cloth and I wipe it off.



Nancy Birtwhistle, right, talks about her green cleaning tips on BBC Morning Live

“In the summer, you can just drop loose clippings on it and just use the clippings to clean – your barbecue grills too.”

Kimberley was interested in knowing the science behind the tip and if it was the properties of the herb itself at work.

Nancy said, “My belief is that it’s soft water that softens all of that burnt fat.

“I have good followers and they give me ideas – I think this one came originally from someone in South Africa.”


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For those who don’t have a grassy area close at hand, Nancy suggested that all you need is a bowl of baking soda dissolved in hot water with the oven racks left in place overnight for soaking. .

Kimberley also asked Nancy to share a great tip for descaling the kettle, “something we all need to do.”

“I live in an area where the water is hard so the kettle is deteriorating,” Nancy said.

“All you have to do is boil your kettle, put it in the sink, add two tablespoons of citric acid which you can buy in a box at a hardware store – it’s a product. natural – it will sparkle and be clean in seconds. And it’s cheap.



Nancy Birtwhistle's green cleaning tips include leaving your oven shelves on the lawn
Nancy Birtwhistle’s green cleaning tips include leaving your oven shelves on the lawn

Mandy had emailed the program asking Nancy to clean the limestone surfaces, including the granite countertops.

Nancy said her vinegar and water all-purpose cleaner with a little surgical alcohol added killed germs and was “amazing” at getting rid of water marks on mirrors, glass and tiles , but with granite, a non-acidic baking soda cleanser mixed with lukewarm water to form a paste would work but not as quickly.

“When you adopt a green cleaning lifestyle there is a lot of talk on the internet about using vinegar or lemon juice with baking soda and you get this huge bubbly and people think it does a job of cleaning.” .



Nancy Birtwhistle won the Great British Bake Off in 2014
Nancy Birtwhistle won the Great British Bake Off in 2014

“Vinegar alone, lemon juice alone, baking soda alone, brilliant. Together they’re bogus friends, they react and all you get is CO2 gas and you find yourself trying to clean up with inert salt.

“Don’t take my word for it, there’s a chemical equation to prove it.”

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