From scrubbing burnt-on grease to ensuring a fresh scent, deep cleaning the oven is one of the most daunting chores you have to tackle. A dirty oven may ruin the taste of your meals or even cause a fire in the kitchen, that’s why you need to make sure your machine operates safely. Are you familiar with the most effective oven cleaning methods? Just follow the steps below and your appliance will get stain-free in no time:
- Empty the oven - you should start with an empty oven, which means that all detachable parts should be removed from the interior before you do anything else. Remove the thermometers, as well as your oven's racks. To save valuable time, you can clean the racks now, since the process may take a while. Soak the racks in your bathtub or the sink in a solution of hot water and half-cup dishwashing soap. The dish soap would cut through the grease, making the racks easy to wipe clean. After you empty the oven and soak the racks, you can move on with the next step.
- Decide on the cleanser - while it is perfectly good to apply a store-bought oven cleaning solution, you can also take advantage of a homemade cleaning paste you should prepare with half a cup of baking soda mixed with a few cups of water. This solution is the eco-friendly way to go, but if you prefer using a commercial cleanser, do your best to find one containing as few chemicals as possible.
- Apply the solution - once you have decided on your cleaning product, it's time for you to address the interior of your oven. Cover the appliance with the cleanser, but be extra careful and steer clear of the heating elements of your oven. If you have chosen to go with a commercial oven cleaning product, you need to read its label, so that you can discover the right method for applying the cleanser. It is important to follow manufacturer's guides for application, otherwise, you wouldn't be able to remove build-up grime completely. In case that eco-friendly cleaning paste of baking soda is what you have decided on, spread a generous amount in your oven's interior and let the mixture sit there for at least twelve hours or overnight, if possible. Baking soda requires time to break through grease, thus allowing you to scrub grime effortlessly.
- Go back to the racks - several hours have passed since you soaked the racks, so now dirt is supposed to be simple to remove. Take the racks out of the bathtub or the sink and start wiping them clean with a cloth. If grime seems stubborn to remove with a cloth, take a bristle brush to eliminate residue. Once your oven's racks look as shiny as new, rinse them thoroughly and let them dry before you return them to the oven.
- Disinfect the oven - the racks are ready now and you can continue sanitising your oven's interior. Assuming the fact that you have waited long enough for your cleaning product to do its magic, you should now wipe the dirt away. Get a damp cloth and collect what's left of the solution, together with loosening dirt. With a powerful cleanser and a relatively clean oven, a single wipe or two would be enough, but if your oven hasn't been disinfected for a while, use a spatula to tackle tough messes. Since the oven's exterior needs to be just as clean as the interior, don't forget to wipe the surface of the appliance with a damp cloth and an appropriate solution.
For the sake of your health, you shouldn't let dirt and grease spend months in your oven. Every now and then take advantage of this step-by-step guide, so that you can rest assured your oven is safe to work with.