What Oven Cleaning Products Should I Use?
While removable aspects of your oven, like the shelves, can be cleaned with regular dishwashing soap and warm water (and lots of elbow grease), you will need to use something a more heavy-duty on the oven interior.
- Dedicated oven cleaning products are widely available in stores, and contain ingredients that specifically help cut through grease, oil, and food residue, loosening up stains, and making them easier to wipe away.
- When choosing oven cleaning products look for liquids that come in spray bottles, for ease.
- Thick or foaming solutions, like Cif’s range of creams, are also a good idea, as they stick to the walls of the oven without simply running down into a pool at the bottom.
- You may also wish to look for more natural oven cleaning products – those that contain citrus oils to break down grease are often effective.
Are There Any Home Products That Make Good Natural Oven Cleaners?
You may prefer to use a natural oven cleaner. You can make your own oven cleaning products from things you probably already have in your cupboards.
- Distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar with baking soda in a ratio of 1:2.
- Add a drop of dishwashing soap to the mixture, and enough water to produce a thick paste.
- Use this paste on the oven interior in the same way you would use store-bought oven cleaners.
- The vinegar smell will (eventually) disappear, but if you find it a little overwhelming simply add a few drops of a fragrant essential oil, like citrus to the paste before use.
What Oven Cleaning Equipment Do I Need?
Before you start to use any oven cleaning products, you will want to make sure you have all the correct equipment for oven cleaning. These items will not only make the job easier, but also much safer. Here is a list of what you may need.
- Rubber Gloves. If you’re using oven cleaning products with chemicals, you will want to protect your skin. Even if you’re using natural products, you won’t really want to be getting your hands covered in dirt and grease from the bottom of an oven.
- Spoon or Blunt Blade. One of the best oven cleaning tips is to attempt to remove loose, or caked on food residue before attempting to clean your oven. This simply makes it easier for the oven cleaning products to tackle stubborn stains and dirt.
- Paper Towels/Rags. Cover your kitchen floor with paper towels, newspapers, or old cloths and rags before applying any oven cleaning products. Cleaning an oven can be a very messy business. When your traditional solutions have had time to work, they often become more liquified and can easily drip outside of the oven door onto the floor.
- Paintbrush or toothbrush. If you’re using homemade oven cleaning products in a paste form, a wide paintbrush or toothbrush is the perfect tool for applying it. Even when using oven cleaners in a spray bottle, you may find it easier to spray one area and then use a brush to cover hard-to-reach areas, away from the fan and heating elements.
- Scrubbing Brush. You can use a hard-wearing scrubbing sponge, or even just an old dish washing brush preferably something with a medium bristle that will bring up dirt, without causing damage.
- Microfibre Cloths. When it comes to wiping residue from the oven, use a cloth that won’t disintegrate and leave fibres behind that could burn in the oven. A washable microfibre cloth is perfect.
Methods and Techniques
A simple and easy way to tackle a dirty oven
- Remove the shelves.If your oven has removable shelves, take them out before you start. These shelves can easily be soaked in a basin filled with warm water and dishwashing soap, rinsed, and wiped dry.
- Remove food residue.Scraping off excess food residue will mean your oven cleaning products are more effective.
- Apply your oven cleaner.Only cover the bottom, sides, and door panel. Ensure an even covering with a brush. Avoid applying to door seals and elements. Always make sure to follow the instructions on the label of any oven cleaner.
- Allow the solution to work.Close the oven door and give the oven cleaner about 30 minutes to work – the oils and chemicals in the solutions will break down tough stains, making them easier to lift off.
- Scrubusing a medium bristled brush to clean the entire area, except the elements and the fan. Pay special attention to problem areas, such as the door interior and the bottom of the oven.
- Wipeoff excess solution and dirt using a washable cloth. Make sure you rinse your cloth several times to avoid simply spreading dirt around the oven.
Day to Day Oven Maintenance
To make oven cleaning even easier, there are some simple things you can do on an everyday basis to help reduce dirt and oil build-up. If possible, try to clean up any food spills straight away. You will want to ensure the oven is cool enough to not pose a burn risk, but also that the stain is still fresh, which will make it easier to remove. It is mainly when stains are heated again and again that they become ground-in and troublesome. Also regularly remove the shelves and clean them, preferably once a week.
REMEMBER - Burnt on food and grease is not just unpleasant to smell while you are cooking, it can also form a potential fire risk, making occasional oven cleaning an essential household task. If you use the method above though, the job will be over before you know it.
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