Ever Have a “DUH” Moment?

A few weeks ago I visited another blogger and read this tip. It as one of those big ‘ol slap yourself up side the head DUH moments! Yup, a cleaning tip so obvious that I am probably the only person in the world who didn’t think of this!

As you now, this past week we were up at our trailer at the campground. Now people think that since we have a travel trailer with a kitchen in it, we cook a lot inside. Not true. I really am a camping girl at heart. I love that we have our trailer with a nice big real bed and a bathroom but, I still like to cook outside. We cook over a camp fire on a regular basis and we have an outdoor kitchen set up. so, the pots and pans I use get pretty abused. And clean up after a pan being on a fire is not so easy. They get pretty grungy looking after awhile.

tip of the week 043See what I mean? Well, this past weekend, I remembered the tip I had read. I headed to the Dollar store for OVEN CLEANER! DUH!

tip of the week 044I just sprayed it on and left it on the picnic table for about 20 minutes. Then took a paper towel to wipe it off. I wanted to see how well it worked without any scrubbing.

tip of the week 047Wow! This was without any scrubbing! Just wiped off! Next time I go up, I will give it another shot of oven cleaner and do a little scrubbing to get all the baked on gunk off. I just used a no name brand oven cleaner. But, I was very impressed with how it worked! You can see in the above picture that a lot of the grease, soot and other burnt on stuff just slid right off the pan before I even started to wipe it off.

A word of caution, make sure whatever surface you do this on is okay to use the oven spray on it. I did it on this picnic table and all around the pan the stain came off! Fortunately, we already planned to strip this table down and re-stain it on our next trip to the campground.

Okay, so how many of you have been doing this for years and never shared with me? LOL

I hope you are having a great day!


  1. I am the same way and rarely ever use my trailer stove. I use our old coleman and we grill a lot. Keeps the mess out of the trailer too and we sit around the picnic table and wait for it to be done. Can't wait to get out there.

  2. So funny! I love 'DUH' moments. I don't cook out over a campfire anymore but I would not have thought of this either! :)

  3. I learned this trick many years ago while working at a pizza restaurant. We used to spray all the pots and pans with oven cleaner, let it sit in the sun for a while and then wash it off. So much easier than scrubbing for hours.

    I would have given you this tip earlier, but I just found your blog after you left me a comment on mine :)

    Thanks for the visit!

  4. I use oven cleaner on my cooking sheets after lots of baking IE:Christmas, and keeps them spanking new lookin...other than that I use cast iron for everyday and no oven cleaner is needed...but a good toss into an open fire is the easiest way to season cast iron...
    Happy Mother's Day

  5. Sounds like a good cleaner. I don't camp out but for those who do, it's a good thing to remember. Susan


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