So, if you needed the motivation to clean your oven, now you do. And to nudge you in the right direction, here’s how to clean ovens.
More and more of the latest generation appliances include self-cleaning programs that facilitate their use. But they are not always enough, in this article we show you some tricks on how to clean an electric oven easily.
The Best Way to Clean an Oven
Most people find oven cleaning a taxing and annoying task. But it’s because they do it the wrong way. Here’s a step by step guide on the best way to clean an oven:
The right cleaning supplies will leave your oven crispy clean and make the cleaning process easier for you. To deeply clean your oven, you’ll need the following:
- Baking soda
- Natural white vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Cleaning rag
- Rubber gloves
- Hot water
- Washing powder/washing detergent
Note you can also use a store-bought oven cleaner instead of baking soda and natural vinegar.
Remove and Soak Oven Racks
Although oven racks are usually the most challenging part of oven cleaning, you can make the task a tad easier by soaking them first. Add a few drops of dish-cleaning detergent or washing powder into the hot water you prepared earlier, and dip your oven racks. Let the racks soak for an hour as you follow the steps below.
If it has been a while since you washed your oven and it needs a deep clean, soak the oven racks overnight. Alternatively, you can coat them with the DIY paste described below (only if they’re stainless steel.) To clean an oven quickly and efficiently, remove and set aside its other components as well.
Remove the Excess Dirt
While your oven racks soak, wear your cleaning gloves and using a damp cleaning rag, wipe out as much grime as you can from the base of your oven. The more you remove, the easier it’ll be to clean.
Create and Apply Oven-Cleaning Paste
In a small bowl or cup, mix ¾ baking soda and half a cup of water to create a DIY oven cleaning paste. You can adjust the ratio depending on the size of your oven. Spread the paste all over your oven’s interior, paying extra attention to the extra greasy nooks and crannies and avoiding bare metal surfaces.
Note, the paste will start to turn brown when in contact with grease. Let it sit for an hour or 12 hours if your oven requires a deep clean. Also, you can use an oven cleaner instead of the DIY paste to clean oven.
Once an hour or 12 hours are over, use a damp cleaning rag to wipe off the cleaning paste. Add a little vinegar to your cleaning rag to remove the stubborn chunks of paste that won’t come off. Rinse the cleaning rag and use it to wipe down all the surfaces. Put some vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray it on the sticky, stubborn areas to ensure you remove all the grime. Dry it down using a dry cleaning rag.
Clean Your Oven Racks
After an hour, all the stubborn grime will have softened, and it’ll be easier to clean oven racks. Scrub the racks using a stiff brush or a scouring pad to remove the grime, rinse well, dry them, and then put them back in the oven.
Clean Oven Glass and Oven Knobs
Create a diluted vinegar solution and spritz it on to clean oven glass. Gently wipe it up using your cleaning rag or a microfiber cloth, and then rinse thoroughly using plain water. Buff it dry for that extra sparkle. For the oven knobs, add a few drops of vinegar to your clean rag, and use it to wipe around them.
Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda
This baking soda is one of the best products you can have if you’re looking to clean ovens quickly. Users particularly love it because it’s chemical-free, and it creates plenty of foam, making the cleaning process even easier and faster. Besides cleaning the oven, you can also use Arm & Hammer pure baking soda to clean all surfaces and deodorize your space.
How to Clean a Very Dirty Oven
If the oven is very dirty, we recommend you to use Goo Gone, a product that, given its high degreasing power, will be very useful. For this, you only need plastic gloves, a container with water, a soft sponge and kitchen paper.
The Goo Gone oven and grill cleaner is an excellent fit for you if you’d like to skip making the DIY cleaning paste discussed earlier. Users love it because besides being efficient in removing stubborn grime from oven surfaces, you can also use it on other surfaces, and it features biodegradable ingredients.
Depending on the level of grease the process is different. For a normal level of grease the procedure is as follows:
Spray the degreaser directly on the surface and close the oven for about 15 minutes approximately.
The next step is to remove it with a damp sponge, in this way, you will also remove the possible existing residues.
Finally, rinse and dry the surface of the oven with kitchen paper.
If the grease is encrusted you must follow the same procedure above, but the waiting time after applying the product inside the oven should be longer, from one to two hours, depending on the degree of dirt.
Finally, and in case you are faced with stubborn incrustations, it is advisable to heat the oven beforehand.
Heat the oven to a maximum temperature of 120ºF for a period of 15 to 30 minutes, turning it off at the end of this time.
Spray the degreaser on the warm surface and close the oven for a period of 15 minutes for the product to act.
Remove any residues with a damp sponge and finally, with kitchen paper, rinse and dry the surface for an optimum finish.
Goo Gone contains a great descaling power, therefore, it is recommended to read the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve the optimum result without damaging the appliance.
You can use other specific products for oven cleaning that you will find in your usual store.