How to Clean an Oven

While it’s a commonly overlooked task, oven cleaning is incredibly beneficial. A well-cleaned oven retains and distributes heat efficiently, which means well-cooked, yummier delicacies. A clean oven also reduces energy bills because it heats up faster and efficiently than a dirty one. It also prevents potential fire hazards and the health risks linked to burnt or charred foods.

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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.

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:

Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

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
  • Water
  • 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.

The Best Products to Clean Oven

Here are some of the best products to clean oven in the market:

Goo Gone Oven and Grill Cleaner

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.

Heinz All Natural Distilled White Vinegar

Reviewers love the Heinz all-natural distilled white vinegar because other than being affordable, it’s an incredibly versatile product. You can use it to clean the oven, other surfaces, clothes and can even be a marinade for salads and other recipes.

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.

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