3 Effective Methods for Cleaning Your Oven
Is your oven in such a shameful state that you would be hesitant to open it in front of anyone right now? Does a cloud of smoke fill the air every time you crack its door while you’re cooking? Better yet, would you even want to eat what’s been cooked inside such a greasy, crumb-filled environment?
A dirty oven can not only adversely affect the flavor of your food, but can also become a fire hazard. Unfortunately, cleaning an oven can be such a dirty, time-consuming task many people put off the process for years at a time—which only makes things even harder when they do finally decide to tackle the chore. Don’t let your kitchen become an embarrassment, instead, transform your oven from grimy to gleaming using one (or all) of these three effective cleaning methods.
Most modern ovens—and many older models—come equipped with a self-clean setting that can often take most of the hard work out of scrubbing down the inside of your oven. The self-clean function essentially super-heats the inside of your oven for an extended period of time—typically, between two to four hours—in order to melt away any greasy buildup and incinerate errant food particles that have collected at the bottom.
Once the process is complete and the oven has cooled down, all that’s left to do is wipe away any remaining residue or ash from inside. If you’ve never used the self-clean function and no longer have the owner’s manual for your oven, a basic overview of the process as well as simplified instructions and tips can be found here.
*While this method is great for light to moderately dirty conditions, you could end up filling your home with foul-smelling smoke if it’s been a long time between cleanings and heavy residue has built up inside.
- Homemade oven cleaner
If your oven is on the dirtier side and the self-clean function just isn’t going to cut it, a homemade oven cleaner might do the trick. The best part is that all you’re going to need is some baking soda and water. Start by combining two parts baking soda with one part water to create a paste. Next, apply the paste to every dirty surface inside your oven—avoiding the heating elements—and let the mixture sit for at least 20 minutes—or even overnight—before proceeding. Finally, wipe away the paste with a rag using a firm circular motion.
Check out this helpful website where you can get more detailed instructions and also find more D.I.Y. cleaners in the event you don’t have any baking soda on hand.
- Commercial oven cleaners
Did the first two methods fail to deliver the results you’re looking for? If so, a commercial oven cleaner might be your only option. These products are extremely effective and often the fastest way to clean your oven.
On the other hand, the chemicals utilized are caustic and can be harmful to your health if you don’t follow all of the necessary safety precautions. While you should always follow the instructions for the specific product you choose, in general, all you’ll need to do is spray the product onto the dirty surfaces inside your oven, wait for it to work (anywhere between 30 seconds and 10 minutes), and wipe clean.
Bonus tip: Before you begin scrubbing the inside of your oven, use your vacuum cleaner to suck up any large or loose food particles and debris in order to make the cleaning process less of a chore.