A clean oven is the cornerstone of a functional modern kitchen. It not only reduces burnt cooking smells in your home, but also improves the taste of food, reduces fire danger and prolongs the life of your oven. The motivation to clean your oven can be tough to find, but these tips will help minimize the effort required.
How often should you clean your oven?
There is no firm rule on how often you should clean your oven. Avid cooks and bakers should scrub it every one to three months, but bi-annually would suffice for those who cook irregularly. The general appearance of your oven should give you a good idea of whether it’s time for a clean.
Self Cleaning Ovens
Some modern ovens come with a self-cleaning feature. This basically heats the oven to an extremely high temperature so that any food particles are turned to ash and can be swept out. Whilst it is a handy feature, it can cause problems and release smoke and smells, particularly with older ovens. The self cleaning feature also uses a huge amount of energy to reach such high temperatures.
Store-bought Oven Cleaners
This is the fastest and easiest way to remove grease and grime from your oven. Store bought oven cleaners often contain caustic chemicals, so it’s important to wear appropriate protective clothing eg. gloves). The harsh chemicals used in oven cleaning solutions may leave an unpleasant scent if not rinsed properly.
To clean your oven with a store-bought cleaner, first take everything out of your oven (racks, thermometer, trays etc.). Then, lay newspapers or towels around your oven to catch any mess. Put on your protective rubber gloves and goggles, then spray the cleaning solution all over the inside of your oven. Leave for the amount of time specified by the manufacturer, then take a damp rag and wipe out all of the cleaning solution, being careful not to leave residue. The racks and trays can be cleaned separately by spraying with the solution, then placing them in a thick plastic bag for the recommended time. Alternatively, the racks and trays can be cleaned in the sink with an abrasive cleaner.
Probably the most effective home-made oven cleaner is the classic all-purpose mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Not only cost-effective, this formula is environmentally friendly and doesn’t leave any chemical residue, although it does require elbow grease!
To clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar, first remove everything from the oven (racks, thermometer, trays etc.), and lay out newspaper or towels on the floor. Mix half a cup of baking soda with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water, until it forms a spreadable paste. Wearing gloves, spread the paste around the inside of the oven, avoiding the heating elements or gas valves. Close the oven and allow the paste to sit for 10 to 12 hours. Once the time has passed, take a damp cloth rag and wipe down all surfaces. If there are any tough spots or hardened baking soda, put some vinegar in a spray bottle and coat until foaming, then wipe with a microfiber sponge. Similarly, to clean the racks just sprinkle them with baking soda, allow to sit, then spray with vinegar and wipe clean.
Keeping your oven clean helps it perform optimally and improves the quality of the food you cook. At the same time, it is important to regularly maintain the inner components of your oven to ensure it functions as intended. Contact Repair My Oven today for your free quote for an oven maintenance appointment to keep your oven performing at it’s best.