A dirty oven not only looks horrible but there are many practical reasons to keep it clean too. Food stuck to the inside of the oven caused to fire hazard and it can make your unit inefficient. Is your oven is dirty and not sure how to clean it? Here is everything you need to know about how to clean oven. Today, we are sharing the various methods to clean your oven.
How to Clean Oven?
You can clean your oven with a self-cleaning function, oven cleaner, or using baking soda, vinegar, and water. Also, check how to clean oven racks, knobs, and doors.
Using Self-Cleaning Function
Many modern oven models come with a self-cleaning feature. This is a time-saving convenience feature and the easiest way to clean the oven. During the cleaning cycle, the oven is heated to about 880 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, the food inside the unit incinerates and leaving behind a small amount of ash. The leftover ash wipes out easily with a damp cloth.
But, the drawback is that oven will be locked up for 3 to 5 hours and lets off some serious heat which is not ideal in the summer months. Moreover, it also produces an unpleasant odor, so you should out of the kitchen during the process.
You should not use oven cleaner or liner in or around any part of a self-clean oven as it will damage the enamel coating of the unit. For some models, you will need to remove pans and racks. However, while using the self-clean or steam clean cycles, make sure that the oven has cooled to room temperature.
You need to self-clean your oven two or three times to remove baked-on grease and stains.
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How to Clean with Oven Cleaner?
Although the self-cleaning feature doing a pretty job of removing baked-on grease and other grime from your oven, you have got a handful of alternatives. You can use a store-bought oven cleaner.
After removing large food particles, spray the cleaner evenly onto the oven's interior. Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. In that time, the oven cleaner lifts the grease and grime, allows you to easily wipe it away.
It is better to open windows and wear gloves and a face mask while cleaning the oven as the cleaner has chemicals.
Clean with Baking Soda and Water
If you don't want to use cleaner which has chemicals to clean the oven, you can clean it with a mixture of baking soda and water. It will also give you awesome results.
The baking soda acts as an abrasive and the water softens baked-on crud and loosens food particles.
Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it on the interior surfaces of the oven and let it down for at least 20 minutes to break down the burned food.
You can add a bit of vinegar to your baking soda mixture for some extra cleaning power. Spray the vinegar on top and allow it to bubble and set for twenty minutes.
Next, you have to use a non-abrasive pad to scrub all surfaces gently and then wipe them off with a damp microfiber cloth.
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How to Clean Oven Racks?
When you want to clean the oven racks, follow the below process.
- Remove the racks from the oven entirely and soak them in boiling water with a little dishwasher detergent.
- After soaking the racks for 2 hours, you have to scrub with a stiff brush, rinse and dry before reinstalling in the unit.
- Also, you will use a mixture of baking soda and water with vinegar spray instead of boiling water. Leave to soak for some time to minimize the scrubbing.
- If your oven has porcelain racks instead of metal, you can leave them when using the self-cleaning cycle. If your oven has a steam-clean feature, run it. It takes care of small food spills on racks. Moreover, this cycle requires a lower heat than traditional self-cleaning.
- You can keep the pans and racks remain during the cleaning cycle as steam clean doesn't have chemicals.
Oven Knobs Cleaning
When you spray the cleaner on oven knobs directly, it could get behind the knobs and switches and might be caused to short out the control panel. So, try to spray a rag with liquid cleaner and then rub the controls to avoid shortage problems. Use a simple microfiber rag used on and around the knobs. Also, you can use a rag with a bit of soap or a disposable wipe.
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How to Clean Oven Glass?
You need to clean the glass door gently. To clean your oven's glass door without scratching it, make a thick paste with baking soda and water. Spread that baking soda paste generously on the glass door and wait for at least 20 minutes. After that carefully wipe up the sprayed paste with a cloth, then rinse thoroughly with water and dry it for shine.
Additionally, you can use soapy water, glass/ oven cleaner, or a bit of diluted vinegar and a soft cloth to clean the glass for extra shine.
That's all about how to clean an oven. You can follow any of the above methods to keep your oven shiny and effectively running. However, the baking soda method is the best one as it is natural one. Along with this guide, we recommended you that check the manual of your oven model, there may be some cleaning instructions that have to follow.