Now that turkey day has come and gone, your oven might require a thorough cleaning. Below are some tips on cleaning your oven with things you already have in your kitchen, so no need to use the harsh chemical cleaners.
How Often Do I Need To Clean My Oven?
Well, it depends on a few things like how often you cook, what you cook, or how messy you are while cooking. The stovetop of your oven will need cleaning every day if you cook regularly. You should complete a spot check at least once a week of all the visible surfaces, even if you don’t cook regularly. This will take care of any dust that may have built up over the week.
As for the inside of the oven, if you cook frequently, it should be cleaned once a quarter or every six months if you don’t use it a lot.
Deep Cleaning The Exterior
Use a warm water and vinegar solution to clean the outside of the oven. For light cleaning, use a soft rag, but for stubborn stains, use a sponge. Some stains may need to be soaked with some vinegar to be fully removed. If you have a white stove that isn’t so white, use a baking soda and water mixture to help whiten the surface.
For the burner grates and drip bowls, soak in hot soapy water. After soaking, scrub them with a scouring pad to fully clean. The baking soda mixture will help clean the drip pans and the burner grates. This mixture does have the possibility of discoloring any bare aluminum surfaces.
Deep Cleaning The Interior
Cleaning the oven regularly will not only keep it looking good but also cut down on the smell when cooking. Any spillage will burn and continue to do so anytime the oven is turned on if not removed.
If your not into using store-bought cleaners that are usually filled with chemicals, a great alternative is a vinegar and baking soda. The duo can be used in a multitude of cleaning situations around your home, so it is good to have it on hand.
Below are the steps to give your oven a thorough cleaning:
- Remove the racks from your oven. Even if your oven is self-cleaning, the high temperatures can warp the metal. Put these in hot water/ soapie mixture and let soak. After the racks soak, use a scouring pad to scrub them clean.
- Mix ¼ cup water and ¾ cup baking soda. This is enough for the average size oven, but if your oven is bigger, adjust accordingly.
- With a new unused paintbrush, and spread the mixture over the interior of the oven. Use a toothbrush for hard to reach areas. Also, avoid putting the mixture on the door and any bare metal.
- Let the mixture sit for some time. Wipe down with a damp cloth, or use a plastic scraper to remove the mixture if it dries. Once the majority of the mixture is removed, take another damp cloth and wipe down the interior to remove any streaks.
- Dry the oven racks before putting them back into the oven.
- To clean the oven door, create a solution of equal parts, water and vinegar. Next, dampen a cloth and wipe down the door.
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