Cleaning your oven – a scary sounding challenge that few of us enjoy doing. Roasting, baking, and grilling can all lead to a greasy and grimy build up that seems impossible to get rid of, as well as creating a bad burning smell in your kitchen. Although it takes some dedication, deep cleaning your oven only needs to happen every couple of months, and can be done simply and easily with the right method and products. Follow our guide to scrubbing up your oven, and keeping it working at it best, for great results!
Prep and clear the kitchen
The reason why we often delay oven cleaning is there seems to be no good time to do it. Making time for it, however, will always pay off, so choose a day when your oven will not be used for at least several hours – or when it can preferably be left overnight. Make sure the room is properly ventilated by opening windows during the cleaning process, and afterwards.
Soak the racks
Remove the racks from your oven and leave them to soak in a dishwashing liquid and warm water solution, or an oven cleaning product solution, while you clean the oven itself. Once they have been soaked through, scrub off any remaining debris, wipe and leave to dry.
Choose your product
Although there are several industrial strength oven cleaners available for really caked on grime, we recommend using baking soda and vinegar solutions on most ovens, to avoid the toxic fumes that stronger chemicals can cause. To make the baking soda solution, use 4 tablespoons of soda in one litre of water. Adjust the quantity of baking soda according to how much dirt you have to clean, (the amount of baking soda can be increased to create a paste instead).
Attack the grime
Now you can target the coat of grime of the inside of the oven and door with your soda solution – if it is a light coating, use a spray bottle to cover the surface and oven door. If you’re facing a heavier and harder coating, use the baking soda paste and spread with rubber gloves. Focus on greasier areas, making sure its applied more thickly.
Leave to sit
If possible, leave the paste to soak overnight to make the job easier. Once the white soda solution has turned completely brown it is fully saturated, and is ready to be wiped away. Using a wet rag and gloves, the dirt should now come away fairly easily. Any hard to reach places may require heavier scrubbing – don’t forget the corners and the door!
Make it shine
For any lingering remains in the oven, make up a solution of vinegar and water. Spray the offending areas to let the vinegar react with the baking soda, and wipe down the last spots of dirt still clinging to the surface. One last wipe to make things shine should ensure the surfaces are left perfectly clean. Replace the racks and you’re good to go!
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