Your oven is one of the handiest appliances in your kitchen, so it’s important to keep it in tip-top shape so it will last you through the years. Not only that, but a clean oven means fewer strange odours in your kitchen; better-tasting food and improved energy efficiency.
Here, we share some valuable tips and tricks to make oven cleaning a breeze. Read on…
Clean Messes Immediately
Keeping on top of regular oven maintenance can make deep cleaning less of a task. This means wiping down food spills and splatters as soon as they happen to prevent them from hardening, staining or turning into a burnt crisp.
Prevention is key here. Place a baking sheet or aluminium foil on the lower rack of your oven to catch drips or spills while cooking. You can even buy a heavy-duty oven liner that you can take out and clean when needed. Just ensure the liner you purchase is compatible with your oven.
Clean Naturally with Baking Soda and Vinegar
So despite your best prevention efforts, you’ve still got some spills. Now what?
When possible, it’s best to skip over the harsh chemicals and reach for the natural cleaning agents. Baking soda and vinegar is a classic example.
Simply mix baking soda and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio until it turns into a paste, then slather it all over the bottom and sides of your oven, including the door. Leave the paste on at least two hours, preferably overnight, then wipe it all away with a damp cloth.
Vinegar and Lemon Juice
Another natural cleaning agent is lemon. When combined with vinegar, you’ve got yourself a gentle solution that can help break down even the toughest spots of grease in your oven.
You’ll need to fill an oven-safe bowl with equal parts vinegar and water, or lemon juice and water, then place it on the oven rack and heat the oven to a low temperature. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off. The steam from this mixture can help loosen the grime in your oven, making it easier to clean.
You can even combine vinegar and lemon juice to make a natural cleaning spray.
Put Old Toothbrushes to Use
Wait, don’t throw out your old toothbrush with the fraying bristles just yet! You can repurpose it to clean the tough-to-reach spots in your oven with ease.
Just dip your toothbrush in your cleaning solution of choice, then get to work scrubbing away at all the grimy nooks and crannies in your oven. You’ll see a big difference in appearance in no time.
Use a Self-Cleaning Oven
If you want to make cleaning your oven even easier, then take advantage of your oven’s self-cleaning setting if it has one.
Special pyrolytic ovens heat up to temperatures between 400 and 500 degrees, burning food residue into a fine ash that you can wipe away easily. Ensure you remove any racks, pans or other items from the oven before starting the self-cleaning cycle, and make sure you properly ventilate your kitchen.
Before you go, don’t forget to browse our collection of self-cleaning ovens to make caring for your oven all the more convenient!
Until next time…
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Disclaimer: always read the manufacturer’s label and instructions re.cleaning your oven; each oven will be different when it comes to cleaning it. Also check the labels of cleaning products and, if you’re using DIY cleaning products, exercise caution and try a very small patch (preferably that’s not too visible) first.