Is there a home cleaning job that has a worse reputation than oven cleaning? It’s something that most people dread. Many of them dread it so much that they never bother to do it until it is a serious problem, only scraping off the encrusted food that smells bad when they use the oven and not cleaning the oven properly.
We’re gong show you a few fool-proof ways that you can clean your oven without stressing out too much. It will still take some work and time, but once you know how to do it and how simple the basic process is, you might be inclined to clean your own oven for the first time since you can remember.
You want to start by getting the racks out of the way. In most ovens, these slide right out if you pull them toward you. You can set these in a tub or bucket in the shower to soak. We suggest using very hot water mixed with a few squirts of detergent to really work away at the stuff stuck to your racks while they are soaking. If you don’t have a large enough bucket or tub to place them in, you can just spray them down with some degreaser to soak for a bit or lay them flat in the tub, plug the drain and fill the tub enough with water and soap to cover the racks.
Now that you have your racks out the way, it will be much easier to get to the rest of the oven and clean it properly. You want to start that part of the cleaning process by lightly sweeping through the oven to get any large or loose food that may be hanging out there. Just use a dish towel, scrub pad or rag to pull these food items and other particles toward you. Have a small container by the opening to catch them as they fall. Do not use a paper towel for any oven cleaning, as you can leave small bits of it behind that twill catch on fire when you light the oven.
This is also a service that is usually added to other types of cleanings as well. It is always a good idea to do some preliminary cleaning no matter what you’re cleaning.
Spraying the Oven
Now that you have made the oven clear and ready for proper cleaning, you can spray down the inside with some oven cleaner, such as Easy-Off or something similar. That may create fumes that you aren’t pleased with, so you can opt for a home-made solution if you like. Mixing baking soda and water will create a powerful, natural and environmentally-friendly clear that is great at cleaning your oven out. It’s not as potent of a chemical, but it does a decent job.
Just spray that all over the inside of the oven and let it soak for a while. Once it dries, you can wipe it down. Use a soft scrub pad or rough towel to wipe the oven down. Never use a metal brush or other abrasive tool.
Once you wipe down the oven, it should be much cleaner. There can still be some stuff encrusted to the inside of the oven or grease and other substances that didn’t come off already. You’ll have to deal with this stuff separately.
Getting Rid of Grease
It’s possible that the oven will still be greasy after you use your oven cleaner. In that case, use a degreasing agent to get rid of the problem. Just spray it all over the inside of the oven and then wipe it down. Be warned that it can be quite pungent, and you need to have proper ventilation to keep from inhaling too much of it.
Use a dry rag or dish towel to wipe down the oven when you are done. This will work best at getting rid of the grease. If you use something wet, it can just move the leftover grease around instead of removing it.
Removing Encrusted Substances
All that cleaning you have done so far may still leave you with some crusty, black stuff attached to the inside of the oven. You can use a scraping tool to get rid of this stuff. One of the best tools to use would be a plastic ice scraper. This will not damage your oven at all, but you may need to find something tougher, such as a tool with a metal scraping blade. Be gentle and scrape only as hard as you need to to get rid of whatever is stuck to your oven. Be sure to wipe your oven down and remove anything you scraped off before you finish.
Finishing the Racks
Now that the oven is clean, it is time to finish cleaning the racks. They should have been soaking for a while now. You ought to be able to just wipe them down with a dishcloth or rag. Anything that is still encrusted to the racks can be scraped with a rough scrubbing pad or some steel wool.
Clean the Door
Finally, you will need to clean the oven door. You can use glass cleaner on both the inside and outside. Be sure to wipe off the glass cleaner completely. Anytime you use chemicals to clean in your oven; you need to ensure that you dry the chemicals entirely. This prevents any problems that could arise from the chemicals getting cooked in the oven and makes for a much safer environment. Some other chemicals you use can be flammable or toxic, and you need to ensure that they are cleaned up completely.
Then you can place the racks back into the oven and give it a look over. You should have a spotless, beautiful oven that is safer and more pleasant to use. As you can see, it does take some effort to get a clean oven, but it’s not as bad as many people suspect it to be, and you may find that the work goes much faster than you thought it would. Just make sure you have the right cleaning tools on hand before you start to get through with this job quickly and efficiently.