How have you been cleaning your oven? To some, this question may come as a surprise because, well, you simply cannot remember the last time you did it. Oven cleaning is one of those chores that is easily skipped and ignored. You may not be using your oven as often or maybe you no longer bake as much as you used to. But you need to understand how to clean your oven the right way. This will help you avoid piling up that grimy and greasy crust.
Your oven endures a lot of heat. If you are constantly using it without proper cleaning, you will soon have to deal with a nasty sight and smell. Imagine whipping up a batch of your favorite cookies for your guests. Then when you finally serve them, the cookies come out smelling like baked garlic salmon! You wouldn’t want that, would you? I doubt your guests will be as enthusiastic when you invite them over next time.
Luckily for you, you are about to learn how to clean your oven and avoid such embarrassing moments. While some ovens have an automatic cleaning function, this is not the preferred way of getting the job done. A mere auto-clean won’t eliminate the grime and grease that has cake in your oven for months or maybe even years. I’m talking about going old school and putting in some good old-fashioned elbow grease.
You can choose to use commercial chemical cleaner or go the natural route and use natural ingredients. Whatever, you decide to use, the important thing is to leave your oven sparkling clean.
How to Clean Your Oven Using Commercial Cleaner
If you want to clean your oven with a chemical oven cleaner, here’s what you need to do…
Stuff You Need
- Commercial oven cleaning liquid
- Rubber gloves
- Clean cloths
- Remove the shelves/racks from the oven.
- Place the oven racks in the sink.
- Pour some of the oven cleaning liquid over the racks and leave them as you clean the oven.
- Pour the cleaning liquid onto the floor and door of the oven.
- Use a sponge to thoroughly spread the cleaner all over the oven.
- Let the cleaning liquid soak into the grime overnight or for at least 1-2 hours.
- Use a clean sponge to wipe away the cleaner off the door and floor.
- Sponge away the grime off the oven racks.
- Use a clean cloth to wipe off any remaining cleaner and dirt. Wipe the oven dry.
And there you have it! What was once a stinky and grimy oven now looks spotless!
How to Clean Your Oven Using Natural Ingredients
There are simpler and cheaper ingredients that you can use to clean your oven. Two very effective substances are vinegar and baking soda. Here’s what you need to do…
Stuff You Need:
- Baking soda
- Small bowl
- Spray bottle
- Take the oven racks out of the oven.
- Fill the kitchen sink with hot water and add some vinegar. Soak the racks in the sink.
- Pour some water in the small bowl. Add a few spoonfuls of baking soda to the water, just enough to make a thin paste.
- Use a rag to spread the paste all over the interior surface of the oven. Don’t forget to apply on the oven door.
- Let the paste sit overnight or for a minimum of 12 hours. The paste will turn brown.
- Dip a rag in some water and wipe off the baking soda paste. Remove as much as possible.
- Pour some vinegar into the spray bottle and spray all over the oven surfaces. The baking soda residue will become visible. Wipe it off using a clean rag.
- Clean the grime off the oven racks using the rag. Wipe them dry.
- Return the racks into the oven. Turn on the oven at low temperature for about 20 minutes to dry the inner surfaces.
It’s that simple and easy! Use this technique every time you need a quick and affordable way to clean your oven.
Tips on How to Prevent Dirt from Piling Up in Your Oven
If you are always cooking food in your oven, you need to learn how to keep it clean. This way you can avoid having to perform a deep clean very often. Here are some tips on how to prevent your oven from getting too dirty:
- Before you start cooking, line the bottom of your oven with some aluminum foil or a non-stick oven mat.
- When roasting meat or baking some fish, place the food in cooking bags. You will avoid fat or juice being spit all over the inside of the oven.
- Once you are done using the oven, pour some water into a heat-resistant bowl and place inside the oven. Heat the oven at high temperature for 20 minutes. The steam will loosen the grease and grime. Let the oven cool down and then use paper towels to wipe the inside surfaces.
You may not enjoy the chore, but that should never be an excuse for not learning how to clean your oven. You can use a commercial oven cleaning liquid or simply make your own homemade concoction. All you need are the right tools, the right cleaner, and the right knowledge. Instead of procrastinating, just take simple and regular steps to prevent dirt from accumulating in your oven. This will make your life a whole lot easier!