Cleaning your oven is by far one of the most intimidating household tasks for many people. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be! With the right tools and a little bit of elbow grease, you can clean your oven like a pro without spending hours scrubbing every nook and cranny (which would probably mean dirtier surfaces than before).
So before you go ahead and buy a new oven, maybe a quick clean up can bring it back to life.
Gather your tools.
So, you’re ready to get started.
First, gather the following tools:
- Clean gloves (you don’t want to be touching this stuff with your bare hands)
- Scraping tool (to scrape off any baked-on food)
- Toothbrush or scrub brush (for getting into those hard-to-reach places)
- Water and sponge or cloth (if you’re working over a sink, rather than inside an already dirty oven)
Start with the oven rack.
Use a sponge or rag to wipe down the rack, then use a soft brush to remove caked on food and crumbs from between the rack’s grates. If any particularly stubborn bits of food remain, use a scraper to get them off. Once you’re done cleaning your oven rack, dry it with a paper towel before putting it back into place in your oven so it doesn’t rust over time.
Scrub out the spillovers.
For spills, you’ll want to use a sponge or cloth to wipe away any spills. If the spill is stuck on, you can use a little bit of dishwashing liquid and water. The paper towel should be used to dry the area after scrubbing with the sponge or cloth.
If there are stains, try using a product like Bar Keepers Friend. This is available at most grocery stores and will remove many stains from your oven’s surface.
Tackle the oven glass.
The glass on your oven door is easy to clean when you combine a few simple ingredients and use them in a spray bottle.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 2 tablespoons baking soda (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto your oven glass, wipe it off with a clean cloth or paper towel, and repeat as necessary until all dirt is gone.
Deep clean the oven.
- Clean the oven door gasket. Put on an oven mitt, and then carefully remove the racks from your oven. Remove any leftover food on them by hand, or use a sponge or damp rag to clean them off. Once they’re clean, replace them in the oven (we know you’ve got this). Next, with another mitt on your hand (safety first), wipe down the door seal with a wet cloth or sponge dipped in soapy water.
- Wipe out any gunk in the light bulb area at the top of your stovetop’s hood vent cover if necessary—if you don’t see anything there right away, just take off that little cord dangling down behind it anyway; we’ll get back to that later. If there is dirt or grease buildup inside this lamp chamber area but not much around its edges yet, then use some diluted vinegar mixed with warm water as a cleaning solution instead of soap; vinegar wipes up easily without leaving residue behind like soaps do!
- Use a vacuum cleaner attachment head fitted onto one end of an extension cord (and make sure it’s plugged into an outlet!) to suck up crumbs from between grates on top surface racks inside bottom burners where food debris tends collect unnoticed until burnt onto surfaces over time–you’ll be surprised how many crumbs can build up over time if no one bothers cleaning those things regularly until now!
Oven cleaning is easy when you’re prepared!
If you’re new to the kitchen, or if you’re just tired of spending half an hour scrubbing your oven with a toothbrush, here are some tips that will help make this chore more bearable.
- Be prepared with a clean oven. You’ll save yourself time and effort in the long run if you wipe down your oven before using it for cooking. Try cleaning out crumbs and spills that have accumulated in the corners and on top of racks whenever possible, which will prevent them from turning into baked-on messes later on. For extra dirty areas, sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge or cloth and gently rub away any stubborn dirt or grime. Make sure all surfaces are thoroughly dry before putting your pots back inside—if moisture sits too long inside pot holders made of paper towels (or other absorbent materials), they may begin to disintegrate into paper mush!
- Be prepared with tools designed for cleaning: sponges are great at getting into tight places but might not work well on greasy buildup; steel wool pads can be used directly on hard surfaces without scratching them; microfiber cloths do an excellent job when paired with basic dish soap solutions; natural bristle brushes are best suited for removing stuck-on food particles from stovetops . These items can be found cheaply at most grocery stores or hardware stores near where you live — no need for expensive purchases here!
You don’t have to live with a dirty oven. Oven cleaning and maintenance will keep your oven working for years, without needing an appliance repairman to fix every now and then.
We hope those tip will help you keep your oven clean and shiny.