How To Clean An Oven In 5 Different Ways

With the right knowledge and some basic tools, oven cleaning isn’t an overwhelming chore—mentally or really. The first question that arises is why clean your oven? Regularly cleaning your oven can actually help it perform effectively. The filters and mechanisms become blocked by dirt, reducing efficiency. If left for too long, those mechanisms fail altogether. Cleaning your oven might seem tricky, time-consuming and an unpleasant task. However, failing to do it successfully can cause serious problems. When some part of your food stuff gets spilt inside your oven, it will burn and sometimes even catch fire. Food residue carries germs and these germs linger on your food every time you bake something. Failing to clean makes germs and bugs to breed and infect your meals, leading to serious ailments. Thus, cleaning your oven monthly, but wipe down the oven door at least once a week for good performance.

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You can easily get rid of the burnt coating with either homemade remedies or store-bought cleaners.

How To Clean An Oven With Store-Bought Cleaning Products

Remove everything from your oven. Next, spread newspapers or paper towels on the floor beneath your oven. Put on your gloves for safety purposes. Spray the oven cleaner around the inside of your oven, the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corners and crevices, cover all sides. If you have an electric oven, avoid spraying on the heating elements. Instead, simply lift them up and spray underneath. If you have a gas oven, avoid spraying where the gas comes through. Leave the spray for the time listed on the label. In the meantime, spray the cleaner on the racks and place them in a large plastic garbage bag. Leave racks in the bag for quite some time. Once the appropriate amount of time has passed, open the oven and wipe all surfaces. If there are extra sticky spots, use a wet scouring pumice to remove all remnants. Remove racks from the bag and rinse them with hot, soapy water. Again, use any abrasive tool on crusted-on chunks. Dry the racks and place them back in the oven.

How To Clean An Oven With Baking Soda And Vinegar

Remove everything from your oven and spread out newspapers or paper towels on the floor beneath your oven. Now,  grab a small bowl and mix half  cup of baking soda with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. After you have a spreadable paste, put on your gloves and use your fingers, spread the paste around the inside of your oven, covering all the sides and crevices. If you own an electric oven, do not apply the paste on the heating elements. If you have a gas oven, do not put the paste where the gas comes through. Leave the paste  for 10 – 12 hours, or overnight.In the meantime, place the racks in your kitchen sink . Sprinkle baking soda and then pour vinegar on top. When the foaming stops, run hot water until the racks are fully covered. Leave the racks or 10 – 12 hours, or overnight. After 10 – 12 hours, put on your gloves again and take a damp cloth rag, open the oven and wipe down all surfaces. If there are extra sticky spots, use a wet scouring pumice. If there are chunks of paste that aren’t coming off easily, put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on the chunks.  Take your damp cloth again and wipe off all  the foam. Dry  the racks and place them back in the oven.

How to Clean An Oven With Lemons

Fill a medium-sized, oven-proof mixing bowl with water. Slice two lemons and place them in the bowl. Heat your oven up to a temperature of 250 degrees. Once  it’s done, place the mixing bowl on one of the racks. Leave it for one hour. After an hour, turn  the oven off, open the door and let it cool. While the oven is still warm (yet cool enough for you to safely touch the inside without getting burnt), put on gloves, take a damp cloth and wipe l all the surfaces, including the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corners and crevices. If needed, use a microfiber sponge or  any other abrasive tool to scrub any extra sticky spots. Wipe thoroughly so that you remove all the grease and grime.

How To Clean An Oven With Ammonia

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Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, then turn it off. Place about 2 cups of ammonia in a glass heat-safe dish on the top rack of the oven. Use another glass  oven-proof dish and fill it with about 2 cups of boiling water and carefully place it on the lower rack. Close the oven door. Let the fumes work overnight, or at least for 8-12 hours. (Note: Some fumes will escape the oven. So, open some nearby windows to ventilate the area.) After you let the ammonia and the water remain in the oven overnight, you would be able to wipe most of the dirt clean with just a hot, wet scrub sponge. If not, a few spots may require a bit of scrubbing, but most of the grease came off with ease.

How To Clean An Oven With Water And Vinegar

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Grab a deep, metal baking pan. You can also use glass baking dishes, too. Fill the dish with tap water and 3/4th cup of white vinegar. It may vary between 1/2 cup and 1 cup of vinegar. Preheat the oven up to 350 degrees. Once it is done, put the solution in the oven. Wait for the steam to do its work. Once the solution starts boiling (after an hour or so), turn the oven off and let everything sit for 30 minutes with the door shut. Take the baking dish out and allow the oven to cool down a bit. Then, take a bottle of water-vinegar solution and squirt it around the oven (with a large quantity on the bottom, where usually a bunch of burned gunk lies.

After reading these 5 measures, you know how to clean your oven. This will not just save you from health hazards but also reward you with an improved performance.

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