It’s the dreaded task that most of us put off for as long as possible – cleaning the oven. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult, so long as you know how to clean an oven properly.
Oven cleaning needs lots of time and patience. After all, it has been heating up and baking food for hours and hours, building up a lot of grease and grime inside it. So if you are feeling nervous about diving into oven cleaning on your own – don’t be. It is much easier than you think, and following these simple rules will make all the difference.
How to clean an Oven
How to Clean an Oven Yourself
Step 1: Unplug
Unplug your oven and let it cool for at least an hour before you start cleaning it. If you have a gas appliance, ensure that you have turned off the pilot light so there is no risk of gas leaking during cleaning.
Step 2: Remove parts
Carefully remove all racks, trays, and other removable parts from inside.
Step 3: Prepare the place
Spread out plenty of newspaper or a plastic sheet under and around the appliance to catch any debris you clean.
Step 4: Use a Lint
Use a lint to clean any leftover food crumbs in the appliance, ensuring that you get into all the corners and crevices. Then wipe over with a damp cloth.
Getting a store-bought grease cleaner is best to remove stubborn baked-on grease. But if you don’t have one, a pasty mixture of soda and vinegar will do.
Step 5: Apply cleaner or vinegar
Spray a generous amount of cleaner or vinegar paste inside and all over the appliance, and let it stand for a while to do its work.
Again, make sure you wear rubber gloves.
Step 6: Soak
Soak the trays and racks in a hot bath with the same solution. These are the hardest to clean, so the longer you leave the cleaner on them, the easier it will be to wipe away.
Step 7: Wipe
Wipe the appliance thoroughly with a sponge or rough cloth soaked in hot water.
Ovens are lined with a protective coating that must be treated carefully, so do not scrub too hard.
You may need to repeat the soda and vinegar mixture several times for a really dirty appliance.
Then wipe away any residue with a soft cloth dipped in hot water. The same goes for the racks and any other appliance parts.
Step 8: Clean the debris
Use a newspaper to rub the cleaner off the glass door. An alternative for cleaning glass is to use a dishwasher tablet dipped into water to create a pasty consistency. Rub the mixture all over, leave it for 10 minutes, and then wipe away with a damp cloth.
Once the oven is clean, dry it with a dry towel and reassemble it. Let it stand for several hours before using it to make sure all the parts are completely dry.
Contact us in case you need an Oven Repair Service
Remember, a clean oven is essential for safety and the best performance. If your oven is giving you a lot of trouble, it’s always best to call professionals.
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