Wow, I am once again flabbergasted by your response to my confessions of being a slovenly housewife!!
I am about to give you all an overwhelming feeling of superiority by showing you a few before photos - I'm not usually competitive but I don't think any of you can beat my levels of filth - so please don't try!
Now remember my findings are very unscientific. Before I start to talk cleaning products (you have your chance to walk away now) I do think that you need to consider what your cleaning commitment is - i.e. are you a little and often sort of girl; wiping as you go, doing the washing up immediately after dinner? or are you the sort (moi) who leaves everything for another time, then shamed by the imminent arrival of a tidy friend has a major clean-a-thon? It does make a difference to the type of products I will recommend.
Even more greasy filth!!
As you can see I had my work cut out - so I divided the cooker in 2, one side I used natural and environmentally friendly products, the other Cif cream cleanser....
This was the "natural" side - there were still bits of grease and smearing, but remember my cooker had been left for about 2 weeks
This is the Cif side - like new.
If you want to use natural and "eco" products you need to not only spend more money buying them, you need to be very diligent with your attention to cleaning on a very regular basis.Another thing that I discovered especially with the natural products like bicarbonate of soda and the borax is the amount of water needed to rinse them - if like me you are on a water metre it's something to consider.
If you do keep up with your cleaning then really milder products are definitely for you.
Under my sink I shall have a real mix - Cif, Ecover cream cleanser, the bicarbonate of soda as my abrasives. Today for instance after I had made steak and kidney I just wiped the still soft grease splatters away with a damp cloth then sprayed the oven top with white vinegar and that was enough to bring it back to looking really clean - if I leave it again to build up then I will certainly need Cif.
Tomorrow I will offer my product recommendations and a few tips!