When you buy a new oven you always promise yourself to keep it shiny and clean. However after a few uses, you start to see food baked onto the shelves, side and bottom, which cannot be moved. Looking through the front window, you can’t see what’s cooking and you can’t see if the interior light is on or just covered with grease. Blitzing an oven once or twice a year will do the world of wonder not only for your oven but for your own ego.
Handy hints, tips and advice
Here are some useful oven cleaning tips to keep your stove bright, sparkling and looking as good as new:-
- Try and mop up any spillages or baked on food after each use. This will prevent a huge build-up if you leave the oven uncleaned for a few weeks or months.
- You will need baking soda, white vinegar, spray bottle, water, a pair of rubber gloves, a damp dish cloth and a plastic or silicone scraper.
- Take the shelving or racks out of the oven.
- Make a baking soda paste with half a cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of water. It should be like a paste and be spreadable.
- Spread the paste throughout the interior of the oven avoiding the heating elements. Always use rubber gloves to protect your hands. Get right into the corners and make sure all surfaces are thoroughly covered. You’ll notice the paste will turn brown, this is fine so don’t worry. Leave on overnight or at least for 12 hours.
- In the meantime clean the oven racks or shelves using your bath tub lined with old towels, hot water and dishwasher powder. Let the racks soak for four hours or longer. Use a gentle scrubbing brush to get rid of any stains or baked-on food. Rinse and dry completely.
Getting back to the oven – after a good soaking in baking soda and white vinegar paste, wipe off as much as you can then use the spatula to scrape off the paste. Put a little white vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz the oven. Vinegar reacts with baking soda and foams. Wipe the foamy mixture until your oven looks more like the day you bought it and replace the immaculately clean shelves. Voila!!
Alternative cleaning materials
It may be easier to buy heavy duty oven cleaning kits that contain chemicals which can remove baked on grime and spillages. Always follow the instructions printed on the can carefully and wear rubber gloves at all times. It’s recommended to remove the oven door so you can get into any inaccessible nooks and crannies.
For the cleaning kit to work effectively, turn the oven on beforehand so it is hot. Remember to switch the oven off at the mains or unplug it before starting the cleaning process. Try and do this at least once a month so you can be proud of your oven.