How to Clean the Oven - A Step by Step Guide

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How to Clean the Oven - A Step by Step Guide

No matter how frequently you use your oven, it should be deep cleaned once in a while to prevent build-up! Here’s how to clean an oven, inside and out. Enjoy this step-by-step guide for a cleaner oven! 

Remove and Wipe

Remove all the racks, foil, filters, and everything else that is removable from your oven. Clean these things separately. Once everything is removed, you will want to give your oven a good wipe. You could use paper towels, or a cloth. We recommend using old cloths to be more environmental friendly and you could dispose these cloths after a few uses! The key is to wipe away any large bits of food.

Take Advantage of Self-Cleaning Cycle

Let the oven run a self-cleaning cycle if this is available for your appliance. Modern ones should have this built-in feature so you could take advantage! Once the cycle is over, make sure to wait for the oven to cool to room temperature and then simply wipe out the ashes.

Choose The Right Cleaner

You can use either commercial oven cleaner or opt-in for a more natural way to clean - baking soda. With a commercial oven cleaner, you simply spray the cleaner onto the baked-on grease, grime and dirt. Then you let it sit for about half an hour before wiping everything away. Don't forget that these commercial oven cleaners usually contain harsh chemicals that can give off serious fumes. You may want to open a window in addition to wearing rubber gloves and even a face mask while cleaning your oven this way. 

Alternatively, a more natural – and cheaper – way to clean your oven is to use the power of baking soda. Start by making a spreadable paste of baking soda and a bit of water. Then spread this all over the interior of your oven, avoiding the heating elements. Let it stand overnight. Once the baking soda has done its work overnight, it's time to add something that will pack some extra punch. Spray some vinegar over the baking soda paste and let it bubble. Then scrub off the dirt. Finally, give everything a final once-over with vinegar and a soft cloth.

The Power of Lemons

Talk about the power of lemons in home cleaning! Simply cut up two lemons and squeeze their juices into a baking dish. Add the rest of the lemons and fill the dish about a third full of water. Then bake it for about half an hour to loosen the dirt. Once the oven has cooled enough, dip a scouring pad in the lemon water and use it to scrub away any grime that's still left inside the oven. Use more lemon water if you need and dry everything with a cloth afterwards. 

Clean the Oven Racks

To properly clean the oven racks, you will need to first soak them overnight. If your small kitchen has a small sink too, you may have to use the bathtub instead. Submerge the oven racks in very hot water with some dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent added. Leave it overnight in the bathtub! If you find that there are some tough stubborn stains, you may want to add some extra cleaning power before soaking them overnight. It is always good to sprinkle baking soda and then douse them with vinegar! Remember to soak everything in hot water and leave it submerged overnight! 

Once the oven racks and other removable bits have soaked overnight, scrub them with a dish towel to get rid of the grime. For stubborn bits of dirt, sprinkle some salt onto a toothbrush and use this to scrub. Afterwards, dry the oven racks and put them back in the oven.

Clean the Oven Door

You'll need a gentle approach for cleaning your glass oven door so that it doesn't scratch. Make a spreadable paste of baking soda and water, spread it onto the door and leave it for about half an hour. Then gently wipe it away and buff the door with a microfiber cloth. Another option for cleaning your oven's glass door is to use vinegar. Dilute the vinegar a little and use it with a soft cloth to wipe down the glass. The vinegar will cut through the grease and the cloth will give the surface a nice buff. 

Clean the Outside

Vinegar's grease-cutting properties are great for cleaning the outside of your oven too. Simply spray a bit of diluted vinegar on a microfiber cloth and wipe down the exterior of your oven.

One of the quick and easy hacks to clean your microwave is to use a lemon for the exterior. This method works for a regular oven too. Slice a lemon in two and then use the halves to rub down the outside of your oven. That lemony smell will complement simple cozy home decor and your oven will be sparkly clean.

Don't Forget the Knobs and Switches

You shouldn't use a liquid cleaner to clean the knobs and switches of your oven, since the liquid can get behind them and cause the control panel to short-circuit. Instead, wipe them and the area around them with a damp microfiber cloth.

Maintenance is Key

Once your oven is clean, you want to prevent it from getting too dirty too quickly again. So, after using your oven, place a pot of boiling water on the bottom rack. Leave it for about half an hour to let the steam loosen any bits of food and grime. Then wipe everything with a damp microfiber cloth. Maintenance is key for a clean and fresh-smelling oven! However, if you ever think your oven needs a deep clean, the steps are here for you to follow. 

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