Not 100% sure how to clean your oven? Follow this guide for tips on cleaning with store bought and homemade cleaning solutions.
The oven is undoubtedly one of the most neglected areas of most kitchens. I would say it is only second to the fridge in most homes. One of the reasons the oven gets so neglected is because it really is a messy job and nobody wants to do it. No matter what kind of oven you have, here are my tips on how to clean your oven so you feel confident to tackle this very dirty job.
How to Clean Your Oven
First, prepare the area with newspapers – This will be important for both application and wiping off of cleaner for keeping the rest of your areas clean. Oven cleaning is a messy endeavor!
Second, decide if you want to go with a chemical cleaner or the Eco-friendly route – Both can be equally effective. It just depends mostly on your preference. I have personally found homemade cleaners to be much cheaper than the store bought cleaners, but they sometimes require a bit more ‘elbow grease’.
Before you start, check with your manufacturer for suggestions – Always follow the instructions of your oven’s manufacturer before cleaning or applying any cleaner, including homemade types. Some ovens will lose their warranty if you don’t follow the cleaning instructions set out by the manufacturer. Also, be aware that some ovens have a ‘self-cleaning’ setting and these should not be used with cleaners, commercial or homemade. This self-cleaning cycle is mostly just a way to let the oven ‘burn off’ things in the oven at higher temps.
Remove the racks and clean them – The racks are often one of the messiest parts of the oven. I like to take them out, fill up my bathtub with water and pour in some vinegar and baking soda and allow them to sit overnight. This makes them much easier to clean the next day.
Apply commercial chemical cleaner and follow instructions on the bottle or use a baking soda paste – Commercial cleaner instructions should be followed to the ‘T’ and these cleaners should never be used with heat. Make sure your oven is cold. An easy DIY cleaning method is to use a water bottle to mist the areas of your oven (avoiding the heating elements) and pouring a generous amount of baking soda. I then like to mist it with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water and allow it to sit overnight until it’s totally dry.
Allow cleaner to sit and do the work – Commercial cleaners often only need a couple of hours to do the work while the baking soda method may need to soak overnight, so make sure you use the method that you have time for.
Make sure you wipe the area clean well and replace the racks. In the morning, if using the baking soda method, make sure you wipe the oven well with a dry cloth. Then go through with a damp one and get off any baking soda residue as it will tend to let off smoke if left on there when you go to use your oven again. If using the commercial cleaner, follow the instructions on the can.
Wipe off the exterior – I finish off my cleaning by giving the oven exterior and handles/sides a good wipe-down.