Easy Oven Cleaning Tips
It has to be done. Oven cleaning may be the most dreaded job in the kitchen.
Cleaning your oven doesn't have to be hard.
Follow these tips to quickly clean your oven and spend time doing the things you enjoy. Don't forget to wear gloves when cleaning your oven. It can burn your skin if you come in contact with the cleaning solution.
If you don't want to use traditional oven cleaners, you can use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.
You can also use ammonia, and allow it to sit overnight, rinsing in the morning. Don't forget to rinse thoroughly.
How to Clean Your Oven
Here is how to clean your oven with minimal stress. Since each oven is different, check your owner's manual before attempting to cleaning your oven for the first time.
- Remove all the racks out of the oven. Proceed to place in hot soapy water and wait about 20 minutes. Clean the racks with a sponge. If there are still grime on the rack, allow it to soak a few more minutes.
- For easy and quick cleaning, spray with cleaner and allow your oven to heat up to 200 degrees. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. For regular cleaning, spray with oven cleaner at night and allow your oven to sit overnight.
- Clean oven out with a sponge soaked in hot, soapy water. If it is very tough, you may have to invest in a scrub brush and put some muscle into it.
Windows and Oven Interior:
Ovens may be continuous clean or self-cleaning, which is not exactly true. But, they do come close.
With both types of ovens, you do need to maintain the interior cleanliness. The self cleaning technology helps but big spills and splatters will smoke and burn and get baked on if not wiped up when they happen.
To save on cleanup time when you know you are cooking, cover the bottom of the oven and/or pan with aluminum foil.
Do not let the foil touch the heating element (aluminum does burn too, you know) and it also helps to use a aluminum lined cookie sheet underneath the rack or the dish you are cooking with.
Continuous clean ovens stay clean with a little dishwashing soap and water. The ovens periodically cleans so spills and stains do not bake on.
Self-cleaning ovens heat to a very high heat for a few hours to burn off spills and stains. First remove the wire racks (otherwise the metal could expand if left in the oven, damaging the interior). Lock the oven door and turn on the self cleaning mode.
The oven usually shuts off automatically, approximately within 2-6 hours your oven is done self cleaning. After the oven temperature has cooled down to room temperature, wipe the oven interior with a damp cloth. The self-cleaning oven turns food spills into a gray ash that can be wiped away easily with a damp sponge.
Do not forget to wipe up spills on the inside of the oven door. Wipe the seal around the door with a gentle cleanser and the gasket with a damp sponge.
Most oven exteriors can be easily and quickly wiped clean with a gentle cleanser, or even glass cleaner. Never use an abrasive cleaner when cleaning a stainless steel stove or hood vent. Those surfaces will scratch easily. With proper care, you can make them sparkle!
Do not clean the exterior if the oven interior is hot. The heat with quickly evaporate the cleaning solution.
Be careful scrubbing the exterior- Be careful to make sure you do not damage the exterior surface. Clean any spills immediately. Soak the burner racks in warm, soapy water. If you have a stove with a flat top simply spray with a gentle cleanser and wipe dry.
If you don't have a continuous-cleaning or self-cleaning oven, you could buy commercial oven cleaner. Get your gloves out and get ready to scrub.
Follow product cleaning instructions carefully. You can get a cold-process oven cleaner, or one that needs the oven preheated first to kick off the process.
Some work in a few hours, some need overnight to work. In all cases follow the instructions carefully. Do not forget to use gloves. This is acid you are working with- Contrary to popular belief, if the acid spills on you, you may not notice it right away.
Meanwhile the acid is burning your skin and by the time you notice the irritation, the damage has been done. Seriously- This has happened to our maids more than once.
You might have to scrub a bit once the oven cleaner is done, but it should not be too difficult. Wipe the oven completely to remove any residue when finished to remove any trace of the product.
Depending on how often there are spills in the oven, you should plan on cleaning your oven on a monthly basis.