It’s a lot of work to clean the oven, especially if you haven’t done it in a while. To avoid the consequences of procrastination, I’ve put off doing the work until now. That is unless my oven starts smoking… Whoops!)
You can either spend the rest of the day on your hands and knees cleaning the oven, or you can learn a few of these oven-cleaning tricks that will make the process a lot easier.
Here are 9 surprising oven-cleaning tricks you’ll wish you knew of the way earlier.
Never underestimate the importance of thorough vacuuming!
Vacuum the bottom of the oven with all equipment removed to remove any loose charred remnants that may have accumulated over time. Think of the beginning of the project as a blank slate.
White vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, and water are the perfect team for oven cleaning.
Make a thick paste out of half a cup of bicarbonate of soda with water and apply it all over the inside of your oven using an old paintbrush or cloth. Make sure to avoid heated elements.
In order to get the best effects, you should let the paste do its work overnight (or for at least two hours). You can make your own foamy paste using a spray bottle by combining equal parts of white vinegar with water and spraying it onto the paste. With a damp towel, the fizzing will make it simpler to remove tenacious dirt and grease particles.
Vinegar has more uses than you can imagine, in fact.
Steam cleaning your oven before you tackle it manually is another approach to lift filth and dirt without putting in as much effort.
Bring roughly a third of the water in a medium or large pot to a boil. Adding white vinegar to the pot after 30 seconds of boiling is a good idea after around 30 minutes. Place it in the middle of a cold oven (no heat) for 45 to 60 minutes while the mixture is still hot.
Add a pinch of salt
A simple cure for oven spills is to sprinkle salt on the surface of the oven, which is typical when cooking or baking. When the oven has cooled, it will be much easier to clean up the mess if you sprinkle salt on it.
Take a drink of water with lemon in it
Water should be added to an oven-safe pan; two lemons, their juice, and their halves should also be added. Place the pan in the oven and heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the pan from the heat only once the water has reached a rolling boil. The steam from the oven will release the grease and grime, making it easier to remove.
Before washing it down with a moist cloth, let the oven cool down.
Take a bath and clean your oven racks
With a standard dishwashing tab and a hot bath, you can get rid of months of burnt-on grime more easily than scrubbing them over the kitchen sink. Much easier to wipe clean than the metal with the vinegar solution, which softens hardened grime.
Use a dishwasher tablet
Dishwasher tablets can be used as sponges by soaking them in hot water and scrubbing them against the oven door. This will assist in the removal of dirt and grime.
Use an old toothbrush to get to those hard-to-reach places
Using a manual toothbrush, bathe it with a bicarb solution to make it even more effective for cleansing hard-to-reach places like the interior of your mouth.
Traditional oven cleaner or even a sponge and some dishwashing detergent should be much easier to use now that the oven has been cleaned.
To keep your oven shining for at least another few months after you’ve tried all these time-, money-, and effort-saving tricks, use your standard all-purpose antibacterial kitchen spray.
Oven liners can be purchased at your local hardware store
This is a cleaning tip from Mrs. Hinch for the oven that will help you deal with food spills. In order to keep food and dirt from clinging to the bottom of your oven, you’ll need oven liners. When you’re done, all you have to do is clean the liner and put it back in the oven. In the long run, this will help maintain your oven clean.