Out of all household chores, cleaning the oven is often the hardest and the easiest to put off. But armed with these highly effective cleaning tips for your oven, you'll turn that disaster zone into a gleaming kitchen appliance! There are a few choices, from commercial cleaning products to more Eco-friendly options, which will require some scrubbing. We will start by discussing your stove's built-in self-cleaning option since it works like a charm if done right.
If your oven comes equipped with self-cleaning oven options, this is a great place to start. While this may sound like an easy solution to the problem, if you aren't familiar with the function, read the owner's manual very carefully. In many cases, it will tie-up the use of the stove, not just the oven for 3-5 hours. Most will raise the temperature to 800+ degrees, generating enough heat to warrant keeping children, pets, and yourself, away from the stove (and out of the kitchen) for several hours. And then there's the smell! All that spilled and spattered food is turning to ash. Once the oven has completely cooled, you'll still need to wipe it clean – refer to the owner's manual for tips on how to safely finish the task. And prepare for the spike in your electric bill!
Commercial cleaners are a relatively inexpensive alternative, but they come with a few side-effects. Like a strong odour – that means ensuring the area is well ventilated. Read the directions carefully to ensure you can't damage your oven's interior finish. For example, some products can't be used on self-cleaning ovens. Ensure you have the proper protective equipment on handsome commercial compounds are quite toxic and require users to wear heavy-duty gloves and a mask or ventilator. This is our least favourite option; however, sometimes it is needed if the oven has years of caked-on foods.
Our favourite solutions are always eco friendly since they are safe for our health and the environment.
Here's what you'll need:
Extra strength vinegar
Step one: Pull the racks and set them aside to soak – it'll make cleaning them much easier
Step two: Make a paste of ½ cup of water, a pinch of baking soda and a dash of dish soap
Step three: Sponge the paste all over the interior of the cold oven
Step four: Wait 30 minutes. This would be a great time to apply the paste to the racks.
Step five: Scrub with the sponges
Step six: Rinse with the dishcloths/water and assess the condition after one application, another application may be necessary
Insider Tip: Depending on the condition of the oven, i.e. heavily soiled, add a spray of extra strength vinegar on top of the paste.
Don't attack the oven's window with the same zest as the rest of the oven! To avoid scratching the glass, use a microfibre cloth to wipe the paste away.
If more cleaning is required, try repeated applications of the vinegar spray. No matter what shape your oven is in, your oven will spark clean after using these effective oven cleaning tips.
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