Ovens can be a real pain to clean, especially when they’re covered in messy residue. You might not think about it until you need to use your oven (and by then, it’s too late). However, deep cleaning your oven is important for health reasons. For example: if you’ve never cleaned your oven before, you might have accumulated grease and other harmful substances that can lead to respiratory problems if inhaled over time. A poorly maintained oven is also more likely to catch on fire or malfunction because there are no longer any gases being released by the food waste inside of it!
So how do we keep our ovens clean? Well, there are two main ways I recommend doing so: manual scrubbing and using some type of chemical cleaner that will make things easier on us while still getting the job done efficiently. In this article I’ll share my experiences with both methods so you can decide which one works best for your needs!
PREP YOUR OVEN
Before you begin deep cleaning your oven, it’s important to prep your oven. You want to make sure that everything is in order before getting started.
First, turn off the power to your oven at its circuit breaker. This will prevent any accidental electrical shocks or explosions as you clean! Next, open up the oven door and wipe down the inside of it with a damp cloth—this will remove some built-up grime from around the hinges and at other high-traffic areas where food may get stuck on after cooking cycles are finished. (Don’t forget about those pesky handles!)
Next up: degreasing sprays! Spray them onto a rag or paper towel and apply them directly onto all surfaces inside your oven, especially those hard-to-reach areas behind racks or along walls where grease tends accumulate over time due to cooking processes taking place within this area of residence space real estate (aka “kitchen”). Be sure not to spray too close because getting chemicals directly into eyes/nose can cause serious discomfort; also take care not overdo it since too much could lead into unpleasant smells later down line when food gets cooked again–and no one wants that!
Keep your oven clean with these easy-to-follow tips and tricks.
- Clean your oven regularly.
- Use non-toxic cleaning products.
- Use eco-friendly cleaners.
- Clean the stovetop with a degreaser to remove any baked-on gunk.
- Clean the racks and inside of the door using dish soap, baking soda and water, or vinegar, depending on what kind of build up you’re dealing with (if any).
NATURAL OVEN CLEANING SUPPLIES
- Baking soda
- Lemon juice
- Dish soap (optional)
DEEP OVEN CLEANING METHODS
- Use a degreaser. This is the easiest and most effective way to deep clean your oven. You can use a commercial product like Zep Professional Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner or simply apply a layer of Crisco or another grease-cutting shortening on the inside of your oven, let it set for an hour or so (so that it has time to soften anything that’s stuck on), then scrub off with hot water and soap. If you choose this route, make sure to wear rubber gloves and goggles while working in case any residual oils spatter up at you during the cleaning process.
- Use natural cleaners instead! As we mentioned above, baking soda is an excellent (and safe) option for getting rid of tough stains left behind by cooking sprays or spilled milk/chocolate sauce/etc., but also consider using vinegar as well — it’s got antibacterial properties and will take care of any lingering smells in no time flat! Simply add 1 cup vinegar into 8 cups hot water; pour over grimy surfaces; let sit until mixture cools slightly before washing away with warm water & dish detergent once done.”
DEEP CLEAN YOUR OVEN RACKS OR REMOVE THEM?
The next question is, do you want to remove the racks from the oven to clean them? The answer is no! If you can’t bear the thought of removing your racks every time they’re dirty, don’t worry about it. There’s no real difference between cleaning a rack on its own and cleaning one that has been separated from its partner.
However, if you have the time and inclination (or if someone else does), I recommend separating them so that each rack can be cleaned individually with less chance of cross-contamination. Once they’re clean, put them back in place before using again so that nothing gets cooked onto your stovetop or countertop while you wait for everything else in your kitchen to cool down again.
DEGREASING YOUR OVEN DOOR
When it comes to degreasing your oven door, you can use any of the following methods:
- Degreaser + sponge or cloth = Apply a degreaser to the sponge or cloth and wipe down the oven door. This will be messy, so make sure you do this over a sink.
- Degreaser + sponge or cloth = Wipe down your oven door as directed above and then rinse with clean water from a spray bottle before drying with a towel (or using air dryer).
- Dish soap + water + sponge or cloth = Wet your sponge with water mixed with dish soap and scrub away grease on an old fashioned kitchen countertop scraper. This is also effective for cleaning up spills in sinks because it’s easy to wipe up without leaving behind streaks like other cleaners might leave behind.
Deep cleaning your oven can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be. We hope that this article has given you some helpful tips and tricks for deep cleaning your oven without having to worry about toxic chemicals or hours of scrubbing. If you liked this post, check out our blog for more helpful home cleaning tips today! and if you can be bothered to do it you can always call the Pixies to do it for you.