The sticky, black grime built-up inside the oven is hardly good for your health. So when we talk about keeping ovens clean, we basically aim at ensuring your health. And let’s face it. With frequent chicken roasting, the oven is bound to get filthy. What’s left behind (aside from chicken leftovers) is grease and grime, which will eventually turn into carbon. The bad news is that the appliance will start emitting intense odors tainting your next baking projects and possibly causing a fire. When it comes to problems, that’s easy. You simply call your oven repair tech to take care of any issue. But when it comes to oven cleaning, that’s on you. Let’s see what you can do!
How to clean non-self-cleaning ovens
The best way to clean ovens is with products you already have at home. Grab the baking soda and white vinegar from the cabinet, put on the rubber gloves, and prepare your solution.
Make a paste by mixing about 3 tablespoons of baking soda with some water. It must be spreadable so add as much water as needed.
Now, remove the racks from the oven and spray the paste to cover all the interior oven surfaces. Use a sponge or cloth to rub grime. It will get brownish but that’s natural. Once you are done, let the paste sit for at least 12 hours. It’s always best to let it sit overnight. In the meanwhile, you can wash the racks.
The next day, you can wipe the oven with a clean cloth and then spray some white vinegar. That’s the final touch. Now, all you have to do is wipe one last time the surfaces to remove the foamy blend of the vinegar and baking soda. And you are done.
With self-cleaning oven settings, the job is easier
When it comes to self-cleaning ovens, the job is so much easier. All you have to do is turn the oven to its self-cleaning mode and leave it there for about 5 hours. It will melt down the grease and so you easily wipe it with a cloth when it’s done. To clean the oven’s door, use white vinegar. It’s really helpful. While you are there, check out the door’s seal. If it’s damaged, call an oven service provider to replace it. With the gasket torn, you lose energy.
Want clean ovens every day? The best tips ever
• Don’t wait till the oven gets filthy. Clean it every time you use it. The easier way to clean it is to use a mixture of half white vinegar half water to spray on the greasy spots.
• When you bake, place a baking sheet below to catch all spills and grease.
• Prefer non-hazardous products, like vinegar and baking soda, instead of chemical ones on the market. No doubt that chemical based products will remove grease but will also emit fumes. And that’s not what you want to inhale!
• A good cleaning tip is to place a bowl with boiling water inside the oven and leave it there for about 20 minutes with the door closed. The steam will help dried food residue and grease loosen up making cleaning so much easier!