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A strange hack has been getting shared between cleaning groups on Facebook.

Groups for Mrs Hinch fans have been sharing their tips and tricks to clean their homes and one piece of advice has caught people by surprise.

Cleaning the oven is, arguably, one of the worst jobs – and the longer you leave it, the worse it gets.

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But for those stubborn grease and burnt marks on the oven shelves, a woman suggested putting them in the grass overnight before cleaning them the next day – you can read more about the trick here.

A lot of people were sceptical of the strange tip and others went on to try it and shared their results.

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So of course, Edinburgh Live had to have a go to see if this hack really works.

The claims say that if you leave your shelves in grass overnight, or 24 hours (different comments say different things), the tough marks will wipe off with ease the next day, saving your poor hands from using harsh wire scourers.

To put it to the test, I took out one of my burnt oven shelves and placed it on the grass in the garden overnight, hoping my neighbours wouldn’t see my strange behaviour.

They’re used to seeing me put the cat out, but an oven rack might have raised a few eyebrows.

I left it out there for around 14 hours and in the morning brought it back it in – immediately I didn’t notice any difference and it had most likely rained in the night.

But as I placed it down on my kitchen counter, with a towel underneath, a bug dropped off.

A dirty oven shelf.
It was a little greasy, a little burnt.

One of the criticisms of this hack from others is the issue of hygiene and that remained in my mind very prominently as I kept it separate from any other utensil in my kitchen and got the rubber gloves out.

It is thought the dew breaks down the grease on the racks, so with just a damp cloth I wanted to see how much I could get off.

And with a little scrub, grease was being removed.

The tougher burnt sections needed something more powerful however, so I tried hot soapy water on a cloth and gave it a good scrub.

Within seconds the burnt bits were coming off and revealing a shiny shelf.

A clean oven shelf.
It came up shiny.

Admittedly, I don’t clean my oven very often so there were stubborn sections which were removed with a scrubbing sponge very quickly.

So does the grass trick work? I’d say so!

And it’s a cost effective way if you don’t want to spend on any other cleaner.

However, I would deduct marks for the fact that I will also have to disinfect it on top of cleaning it before using it again.

And if you want to leave it out for 24 hours, then you might have a long time to wait before you have use the oven.

Will you be trying this cleaning hack out?





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