Just over half of the people who read my birthday post yesterday seemed to think I was having a Bad Day. Even my father rang up and said I sounded more miserable than usual. I was aiming at contented and reflective, but obviously that didn't come across. What can I do? Let's move on, and let me tell you about my new oven cleaner.
(I'm happy! Really! I'm another year older and I have everything I could possibly need! Including oven cleaner! Does it get any better than that?)
Ecover sent me some stuff in a box. They sent a nice Christmas scented washing up liquid called Festive Cookie, which apparently is available from Ocado (if you have access to such a thing. I don't.), some non-bio laundry gel and some cleaning wipes. (I rarely use cleaning wipes, except when we're camping as they're just easier. But I asked about them, and apparently they can be put in your home compost safely, and they will be testing very soon to find out if they're suitable for council composting schemes. At least if I buy these next summer I will feel a good deal better about myself if a gust of wind blows one out of my hand and I end up helplessly watching it float off over the fields.)
They also sent some Oven and Hob Cleaner. And I emailed the PR lady when I heard this, and told her that I was going to stop cleaning my oven RIGHT NOW in preparation for proper testing. I'm not an obsessive oven cleaner. My intention is always to give it a quick scrub with a steelwool once a month, which takes 20 minutes and works perfectly, but most months I forget and end up spraying it with that poisonous foam stuff you can buy, where you have to put the oven on and leave it overnight and leave the country for a year.
I was very disappointed when the Ecover cleaner arrived with the instructions 'Spray onto surface. Leave to work for 1 minute.' Well, that clearly wasn't going to work. I sprayed it, with a heavy heart. But it did work, dear reader, it did, and also the stuff cleaned the extractor hood so well that I found a whole load of scratches that I didn't even know were there! You know I'm a skinflint, but I'm buying this from now on.
I took a picture of it for you on my front step. Why? Because I don't have the type of kitchen where one can take photographs of cleaning products without them looking like a big bag of irony. There is nowhere in my house where I can take non-ironic photographs of cleaning products. Except, now, my extractor hood - but it just slid off when I tried it.
In other news, have you seen this? (It has nothing to do with oven cleaner.) I love the song 'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees. It's my ringtone, for heaven's sake. Who knew it could even save a life?