The Best Way to Clean an Oven
Whether you’ve suffered a horrendous recipe mishap resulting in a serious mess or it’s just been a shamefully long time since you last cleaned it, it’s time to learn how to clean an oven once and for all.
Today, we’re sharing the best way to clean an oven. We’ve got some easy peasy ways to get yours amazingly clean in a flash – they don’t call us ‘experts’ for nothing!
Begin by taking out all your oven racks to get them out of the way. Using a paper towel or old cloth, remove all those pesky little bits of burnt food from the base of your oven, wiping the bits straight into a dustpan pan or bin if possible. The more you remove now, the less you’ll have to get rid of later.
Make sure your oven is completely cool before moving onto next step.
Now it’s time for a little magic!
As far as we’re concerned the best oven cleaner you can ever buy is baking soda. Yes – that’s right. Baking soda might seem unassuming, but it’ll make light work of removing grease and grime from your oven. You can splash the cash on harsh, chemical-based oven cleaning products, but we prefer this cheap and natural oven cleaner.
To get started with your homemade oven cleaner, mix up 1/2 a cup of baking soda with water to form a paste. Spread the paste all over the bottom of your oven (avoiding the heating elements). We would advise putting on some rubber gloves and using your fingers to make sure the mixture gets everywhere, including the really stubborn caked-on dirt!
How to clean oven racks
It doesn’t have to take ages…
Now, it’s time to think about those oven racks! This is normally the hardest part of cleaning the oven, right? Well, not anymore. We’ve got an extra-special secret tip that really works.
Pour some washing powder into a bath of very hot water and put your oven racks into it overnight. All the grime will be easy to remove after a little scrub in the morning. Magic!
If you’ve not got any washing powder to hand, we’ve heard that dryer sheets do the trick, too. Just place a few sheets in the bath with your oven racks. Leave overnight and then use the sheets to give the racks a good scrub.
If they’re not too dirty and you need to use your bath, try placing them in the dishwasher.
Leave it to rest
Let the baking soda and water mixture do the work overnight while you rest and dream about how lovely and clean your oven will be.
Now for the satisfying part: cleaning oven glass. Use the same baking soda and water mixture you used for the inside of the oven and apply the paste to the inside of your oven window. Let it sit for half an hour then, using a cloth, wipe the window clean.
Another popular method is to use a cheap dishwasher tablet. Without removing the coating, dip a dishwasher tablet (the powdery kind) in some warm water. Rub it against the glass of your oven door, making sure to dip it in the water every now and then to keep it wet. You’ll see how easily it removes the grime!