How to Clean your Oven
It’s fair to say that ovens are probably the most difficult and time consuming of all the kitchen appliances to clean. With this guide we will show you how to make it a little bit easier, safer and cheaper. Our method involves no harsh chemicals or high-heat cleaning products that will inevitably set off your fire alarm. Plus, you most probably have everything you need to take on this project in your cupboards.
Many ovens do have a self-cleaning setting but we recommend that you never use this. All it does generate so much heat inside your oven that it will burn anything left in there to a crisp. You can read more about why you shouldn’t use the auto clean on your oven here.
So, what are the alternatives? There are a wide range of oven cleaning products available, most of these use extremely harsh chemicals to break down any unwanted debris. The main downside to these products is the overbearing fumes that will fill your kitchen.
I know what you’re thinking, I can’t use the auto clean setting or the harsh chemical cleaners, what am I meant to do?! Well fear not, you can easily clean your oven naturally with baking soda, a little white vinegar and good old fashioned elbow grease.
We recommend starting this in the evening once you’ve cooked your dinner and no longer need to use the oven.
- Empty out your oven: Start by removing any racks, thermometers pizza stones, and anything else you might have inside your oven.
- Making your cleaning agent: Get a mixing bowl and put half a cup of baking soda in to it. Then add 3 table spoons of water. Mix it all together until you have a spreadable consistency.
- Cover the inside of your oven: Get on your desired colour of marigolds and being to cover the inside of your oven with the past, try to avoid getting any on to the heating element. Pay particular attention to any areas that have a large buildup of dirt/grease. As your rubbing it in you will notice that the baking soda mix will start to turn brown, this is completely normal.
- Leave it overnight: Once you’ve done you will need to allow the baking soda to site for at least 12 hours, we recommend doing this overnight as you won’t be able to use your oven.
- Cleaning your oven racks: Whilst the baking soda mix is getting to work on your oven it’s a good idea to use this time to clean the racks. Click here to see our tutorial on how to clean your oven racks.
- Wipe out the oven: After the 12 hours are up, get yourself a damp cloth and try to get out as much of the dried baking soda as you can. After the 12 hours a damp cloth should do the trick, you can use a silicone or plastic spatula to help remove and of the tougher or hard to reach parts. Note: do not use a metal spatula, you will scratch the inside of your oven!
- Spray on some vinegar: Get yourself a spray bottle and fill it with white vinegar. Spray the inside of your oven, you will notice that any leftover baking soda will react with the vinegar and create foam.
- One more wipe down: Get your damp cloth and wipe out the foamy baking-soda-vinegar mixture left inside your oven. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until all the baking soda is completely removed.
- Replacing your oven racks: go grab your beautifully clean oven racks and replace them along with anything else you removed from the oven, and voila, you’re done!