Most ovens get a lot of use throughout the week. Over time, cooking and baking can create buildup in the oven that is difficult to remove. While it’s easiest to hire a maid service or professional to clean your oven, you can also DIY this project.
Tips for Self-Cleaning Ovens
Most recently manufactured ovens come equipped with a self-cleaning feature. This makes cleaning this appliance much easier – simply follow manufacturer instructions and then wipe excess dirt away. Here’s how this feature usually works:
- The oven is turned on to an extremely high heat, causing food to disintegrate into ashes.
- Once the cycle has completed, you can wipe the oven clean with a rag.
Depending on the model, you may need to remove the oven racks and clean them in hot, soapy water.
Tip: Leave your windows open and keep air circulating throughout your home during the self-cleaning cycle to help dissipate any smelly cleaning fumes.
Cleaning Regular Ovens
Cleaning an oven without the self-cleaning function is a bit trickier, but it can be done. Just follow these steps:
- Remove grates from the oven and soak them in hot, soapy water. Scrub clean and set to the side until oven is clean.
- Fill an oven-safe container with water and the juice of one or two lemons.
- Place container in the oven and heat until the lemon water mixture is boiling.
- Turn off heat and leave door closed, allowing the steam from the mixture to soften food debris.
- Once the oven is cool, remove the container and wipe out debris.
Professional Oven Cleaning
Cleaning up right after cooking is the easiest way to maintain a sparkling oven. But if you run out of time, get distracted or face a tough spill, hiring a local professional to regularly clean your oven is an option to keep your family safe and your appliance functioning properly.
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