Although we rely on our ovens for many delicious dishes – peach cobbler, margarita pizza, pot roast . . . What were we talking about again? Oh right! – most of us don’t clean our ovens as often as we should. So over time, they become filled with charred chunks of food and caked grease, and their racks are covered in layers of black gunk. Not only is this discomfiting (and sometimes downright disgusting), but it can disrupt your oven’s performance, affect the taste of your food, and create an unsafe cooking environment. Use the oven cleaning tips below to keep your cooking compartment in tip-top shape.
Give your racks a bath.
Before cleaning the oven itself, remove the racks and let them soak in dishwashing liquid for a few hours. Afterward, scrub them with a scouring pad and rinse well. You can also apply a paste of baking soda and water to remove built-up grime.
Steam it up.
To loosen some of the dried grime and grease, place a bowl of water in the oven and turn it up to high. As the water boils, it will steam the inside of the oven. After 20 minutes, much of the gunk will be loosened, making it easy to remove. Although this won’t magically transform the chore into a delight, it will greatly improve the process of cleaning your oven.
Embrace baking soda.
You don’t need any fancy products or chemical cleaners to clean your oven. Simply make a paste with baking soda and water, coat the inside of your oven with it, and let it sit for at least 12 hours. After you wipe most of it out with a damp washcloth, spray the oven with vinegar to activate the remaining baking soda (it will fizz up). Wipe that out as well, and your oven will be left squeaky clean! Finally, to clean the window, apply a baking soda and water paste for just 30 minutes and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Skip the self-cleaning cycle.
The self-cleaning cycle is tempting, I know. However, many ovens don’t react well to self-cleaning cycles. They are known to blow out fuses due to a lack of circulation, and they warp your oven’s racks. Although most ovens contain self-cleaning functions and you may have used yours without harm, understand that you run a risk each time you use it. If you do still want to self-clean your oven, consider only running it for an hour instead of the typical four hours. In addition, remember to remove your racks beforehand to prevent warping.
Don’t push this chore to the back burner.
Ideally, you should clean your entire oven about once a month. This may seem impractical, but remember that if you start cleaning your oven more frequently, it won’t take very long to clean it each time. The longer you leave the grime, the more it will fight against your scrubbing and scouring. We also recommend wiping down the oven door at least once a week.
Not up to the task?
Even with these oven cleaning tips, thoroughly and properly cleaning an oven can be tricky and exhausting, especially if you don’t clean your oven regularly. So if you aren’t ready to tackle the task, consider contacting the pros. If you live in or near Springfield, Missouri, give the cleaning professionals at Grime Scrubbers a call. We offer a variety of cleaning services, including carpet and upholstery cleaning. You can reach us at 417-864-8862 or click here for a free quote.