Busy parents are understandably tired to squeak clean the whole house or properly cleaning your oven, especially the oven as it is not really high maintenance cookware.
Ovens are one of those kitchen appliances that have the distinct ability to turn into a culinary crime scene real fast. There’s the steak drippings that have accumulated in a sludgy pool at the bottom, a rogue french fry that slipped through the rack and has essentially turned into pure carbon, and the slick film of grease on the glass that has prevented you from being able to peer into the oven for months.
But because a dirty oven takes longer to preheat and can cause dangerous grease fires, it’s important to get into the habit of regularly cleaning yours.
Points to remember on how to dissect an oven (ways that we didn’t know)
Sometimes, an oven’s self-cleaning mode (that’s when it uses high temps or steam to burn off food remnants) is enough. Other times, you’ll need to call in reinforcements. When the going gets tough, these cleaning options will have your oven looking brand-spankin’ new.
- Store-bought oven cleaner: This is the easiest, fastest process and will remove serious amounts of grease and grime. The caveat: oven cleaners can be quite caustic, so if you’re sensitive to harsh chemicals or prefer an all-natural approach, you may want to choose option 2 or 3, says Johnson.
- Baking soda, water, vinegar, and a spray bottle: This DIY method is good if you have lots of buildups. You’ll be making a paste with baking soda and water that will need to sit for 10 – 12 hours (or overnight), so make sure you carve out enough time.
Wiping down your stovetop with a damp paper towel or sponge will get rid of fresh grease splatters and sauce spills, but if you want to tackle those stubborn, burnt food particles, place a hot, wet towel on the area for a few minutes, then scrape off stuck-on food with a firm spatula.
Now, it’s time to think about those oven racks to properly clean your oven! This is normally the hardest part of cleaning the oven, right? Well, not anymore. We’ve got an extra-special secret tip that really works.
Pour some washing powder into a bath of very hot water and put your oven racks into it overnight. All the grime will be easy to remove after a little scrub in the morning. Magic!
A thorough steam clean outside your oven
Steam can get rid of 99.9% of harmful bacteria in the home, so if you’re serious about keeping that oven clean, get your hands on a steam cleaner. You only have to wait for two minutes for it to heat up and then press the trigger to release the steam – it couldn’t be easier!
The purpose of your oven’s hood filters is to collect grease, so it’s likely they’re in need of a good clean. Luckily, washing them is a total breeze. Once you pop ’em out of the hood, place the filters in a sink full of scalding hot water, a few drops of dish soap, and 1/4 cup of baking soda, and leave them for 10 minutes.
If all else fails, whether you’re whipping up a five-course meal or have never formally cleaned your oven (hey, we’re not judging), your oven is in need of a deep clean, stat. If the baking soda method above doesn’t get the job done, spritz some vinegar on the paste before wiping it off.
Also, after you’ve properly cleaned your oven, rub them down with car turtle wax and when you have a shower the water runs off and helps to keep your grout clean.