Moving & Cleaning & Supersensitive
Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:52 AM
I would love to hear about your experiences de-glutening a previously glutened living space!
In about two years, I'll be moving into a new residence where I will have a stove and oven finally! The only problem is whoever lived there previously probably has used gluten all over the apartment. How would you go about cleaning up such a place, especially the sink, fridge, stovetop, and most importantly, the oven?
Most of the time when I clean at home, I use baking soda and water to scour off residue and a combination of cleaning spray, castille soap, dishwashing detergent, and bleach to clean and disinfect. But if something is really caked on, like burned stuff in the oven, and if I don't want to replace the oven rack because it belongs to the owner, how would I go about cleaning it?
Should I try burning gluten off until it's blackened and ashes so I can wipe it off? Should I just use a lot of elbow grease and go over surfaces multiple times so I have a better chance of getting everything? Should I cover cabinet surfaces with contact paper to protect myself?
I appreciate all your views on this. Thank you for your help!
Posted 17 July 2012 - 04:55 PM
I haven't clean my own oven since being dxed...done almost everything else. Washed the oven mitts and towels but not the oven racks or the inside of the rest of the oven.
June 2012 positive visual of celiac disease from gastroscopy
Posted 18 July 2012 - 03:22 PM
We have decided to hire professional cleaners to come in and clean the kitchen (and bathrooms since I have a germ thing lol ) and then I will go in after and give it another good scrub to where i feel safe. We figure that the professionals can get the first layer of "gluten" and then I won't have crumbs to deal with. You know those little buggers that get stuck in kitchen drawers!
For a basic cleaner I use either a 50/50 vinegar mix or Simple Green. A good scrub/oven cleaner should be ok in the oven. Once clean the racks should be ok as you aren't likely to cook anything directly on the racks but in a pan that is on the rack.
And, ok, I'll admit it..... I have an old toothbrush that I use in cracks and crevices to get the "ugs" out!
Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:49 PM
I would think the biggest problem would be cupboards and drawers. I recently lined some of mine with that stuff that has sort of a foam texture with an open weave. That might work for you because it would slightly elevate your food and dishes from whatever residue might still be there.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:38 AM
For the oven, I burned off what I could. Using heavy duty scratchy sponges, I scrubbed the racks and the stovetop pieces. I ran the stovetop stuff through the dishwasher twice to get the rest of the gunge off. I vacuumed all of the cupboards and drawers, hosed everything down with a water and dishwashing liquid solution to work on the grease and dampen any remaining crumbs or flour and keep them out of the air, wiped, soaked, scrubbed, scrubbed, scrubbed, scrubbed until everything was unsticky, spritzed with a hydrogen peroxide solution to kill germs, wiped, then collapsed for a nap. Then came the soy sauce stains all over the carpets and doors. At least I hope it was just soy sauce.
Gluten-free (Nov. 2008), dairy-free (June 2009), soy-free (Aug. 2009), all-grains-and-grasses-but-rice-free (Nov. 2011); double HLA-DQ7
"'Always remember, Bilbo, when your heart wants lifting, think of pleasant things.' 'Eggs, bacon, a good full pipe, my garden at twilight....'" (The Hobbit, animated movie, 1977)
Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:25 AM
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 06:19 AM
We could have gotten a hotel, but it was last minute on a Saturday night and probably wouldn't have been easy. We elected to clean it up. We all have dust allergies as well as gluten intolerance. There was dust, spilled beer, beer bottles, what smelled like pancake residue and the whole place smelled like urine. I wish that I had known of a cleaning service that we could have called. We didn't have an internet connection or even a phone book. We all got a bit sick, from gluten, dust or a combination. Things got better after a few days, but that was a rough trip. I'm glad it's over.
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