As any homeowner or professional cleaner will tell you, oven cleaning is one of the most tiring, messiest, and time-consuming types of cleaning there is. Unfortunately, it’s also extremely important because it protects your family from foodborne germs and keeps the oven operating at full capacity.
In order to help you in your oven cleaning efforts, we have written a 4-step guide that turns a dirty oven full of baked-in grease into a squeaky clean one in just a couple hours. You can apply this guide regardless of the type of oven you have or how frequently you clean it.
Follow these steps:
Step #1: Baked-on grease is best dealt with using a store-bought cleaner
Specialized oven cleaning products can be found anywhere where household supplies are sold. Whichever product you choose, you need to keep in mind that these cleaners contain potent chemicals that shouldn’t be handled without the right protection (gloves and face mask).
Remove baked-on grease by doing the following:
- Start by removing any large chunks of food that may be left inside the oven.
- Grab the oven cleaner and apply it as per manufacturer instructions. It’ll take about 30 minutes to lift the grease and grime, so let it sit.
- Once the cleaner has done its job, you’ll be able to easily wipe the grease and food splashes away with a cloth.
Don’t forget to keep the kitchen windows open throughout this process to avoid inhaling the fumes from these chemicals. If you’re not sure which oven cleaning product to buy, you can consult with the experts by clicking on this link.
Step #2: It’s time to deal with the oven racks
Fill a bathtub with boiling water and pour a little dishwasher detergent into it. You can also use your sink for this if your sink is large enough. Take the metal or porcelain racks out of the oven, put them into the water, and leave them there for a minimum of two hours (some homeowners prefer to leave them in the water overnight).
Afterward, use a stiff brush to scrub the racks clean. Thoroughly rinse and dry the racks before returning them into the oven. If your oven has a steam-cleaning function, you can use it to clean most or all of the grease from your oven racks.
Step #3: Don’t forget the glass oven doors
Just like the other surfaces inside an oven, the interior side of the glass door gets its fair share of grease and food splashes. However, since glass is a lot more likely to scratch than metal, you should refrain from using abrasive cleaners or hard brushes.
Here’s how to clean a glass oven door:
- Make a mixture of baking soda and water. It’ll look like a thick white paste once it’s ready.
- Liberally spread this paste over the glass.
- The paste will take about half an hour to do its work, so let it sit.
- Once the paste has softened the grease and grime, grab a microfiber cloth and wipe it clean.
- Remove the last remnants of the paste by rinsing the glass door with water and buffing it.
Step #4: Finish by cleaning the oven knobs
When cleaning oven knobs, you need to be careful not to spray the household cleaner directly onto the knobs as this may short out the electrical connections inside them. Instead, you should apply the liquid cleaner onto a clean rag and rub the knobs with it.
The area around the oven knobs doesn’t need a special treatment: you can simply wipe it down with a damp microfiber cloth.