While we all tend to put off cleaning the oven as much as we can, it comes a time when you need to pull up your sleeves and do the work.
While cleaning the oven can seem like a tedious and time-consuming chore, if you follow our guide, you can easily get the job done like a pro.
DON’T clean components which can be damaged
Not all components inside your oven can be cleaned. Read through your manual to see which ones are safe to clean and avoid cleaning heating elements which can lead to a possible malfunction.
DON’T clean your oven while it’s warm
Turn off the oven and let it cool down completely before you start cleaning it. Remove any pots and pans from inside and make sure the power is turned off to avoid any unwanted accidents.
DO use natural ingredients and cleaning solutions
Clean your oven using natural ingredients you have in your home, such as baking soda and vinegar. This way you won’t just be saving money, but you will also be protecting your oven and yourself as well.
When it comes to cleaning the oven racks, you can sprinkle baking soda on top of them and spray them with white vinegar for the mixture to react. Leave them to sit for an hour then clean them using a scraping sponge and a rag.
The rest of the oven, including the walls, floor, roof and window glass can also be cleaned using a baking soda mixture. Mix 2 cups of baking soda with one cup water until they form a paste. Spread the paste all over the components and leave it for an hour to soak up and loosen the grime and residues inside. Use a scraping sponge or a plastic scraper or spatula for the more difficult stains.
DON’T forget to pre-soak each component
The most important step which will make your job a lot easier is to let all the elements and components pre-soak in the cleaner for at least an hour before cleaning them. This will help you loosen all the hard to get rid of stains and grime and make it easier for you to get everything out.
DON’T use the self-cleaning feature on your oven too often
While you can sometimes fall back on your oven’s built-in self-cleaning feature, especially when you don’t feel like doing all that work yourself, it’s best not to overuse this feature to avoid compromising any significant components, wiring and so on, due to the extremely high temperatures required during this self-cleaning mode.
If you do decide to use the self-cleaning feature, do so no more than five times a year, and stick to manual cleaning whenever possible. Also make sure your family and pets are away from the kitchen while the self-cleaning feature is on, as they can be at risk of getting burns from the outside of the oven or inhaling harmful by-products and fumes.