Cleaning the oven is one of the toughest household chores. We’ve put together some tips to help you get rid of the grease and get the oven clean again.
Some ovens advertise themselves as self-cleaning. That doesn’t mean that are ready to deploy their own soap suds, it is just a really hot setting that will burn off any grease. Most cycles will take over 3 hours at about 500c, so they require a lot of energy and can put extra strain on an oven, sometimes causing them to give up. It is worth giving your oven a quick wipe down before and after a self-cleaning cycle.
Eco Friendly Oven Cleaning
Better for those with sensitive skin, young children, asthma and those who are not adverse to a bit of elbow grease! Sprinkle baking soda on the dirty surfaces of the oven and spritz it with vinegar. Leave it for 30 minutes and come back with a scrubbing tool and a lot of enthusiasm!
You can use ammonia or oven cleaner. Either will smell, so make sure you air the kitchen while you’re doing it. Wear gloves and be sure to rinse any skin that comes into contact immediately. Clean the top, then sides and back and finally, the bottom. Otherwise you will get grease running down from the sides onto the newly cleaned bottom!
Little & Often
If you have found cleaning the oven horrible – one way to avoid it in future is to wipe it down every time you use it. It takes a lot of discipline but will save you time and effort in the long run. Or, of course, you can call in the experts to clean the oven for you!