We all know the importance of a clean and hygienic oven yet at times it becomes a tedious and hard job, especially if you leave it for too long. Today we’ll be giving you some tips on how to keep your oven clean so that it doesn’t get too dirty the next time. These tips will also help you to maintain your oven in a clean state to avoid leaving it in a mess ever again! Most of these tips are based on easy home hacks using daily products to make it easy and affordable for everyone.
In this article you will see:
– Importance of oven cleaning
– Why the oven gets dirty
– Tips for Oven Cleaning
– What products you need
– Market cleaning products
– Home remedies for oven cleaning
– Other methods
– Maintaining a clean oven
Why Is It So Important To Have A Clean Oven?
There are several reasons why you want to keep your oven clean:
- It Looks Dirty and Horrible
Dirt attracts dirt. When you haven’t cleaned your oven for a long time, the grease and grime are likely to attract more germs and dirt from all around. It also gives your kitchen an overall dirty look even if you have cleaned the rest of the kitchen.
- It is Unhygienic and Gathers Germs
As we said earlier, dirty oven attracts germs and bacteria which also adds to your food. Plus, old food particles from the sides of the oven, when they get warm can fall off into your food. It may cause various infections and diseases like tummy ache or diarrhoea.
- It Makes Your Food, so it Needs to be Clean And Hygienic
Everybody likes to have a hygienic and healthy food, free from all sorts of bacteria and germs. Therefore, it is imperative to cook your food in a clean oven to avoid getting ill.
- It Becomes Greasy
Food residue and oil become a thick grease and grime over time which eventually turns into a thick layer, which is also hard to clean. Cleaning your oven regularly can help prevent this situation.
- Grease Also Gathers Dirt And Dust
Its easier to attract dirt and dust on a greasy surface as they become stickier.
- A Dirty Oven is Also a Fire Hazard
Food particles on the inside of the oven are a fire hazard as they emit carbon when heated up. Dirtier your oven is, the more is the risk of the fire.
- It Takes More Time to Cook Food
Grease and residue absorb heat therefore when you bake something in a dirty oven it takes much longer to cook and the oven loses its efficiency.
- Food Will Smell and Taste Different
Any food baked in a dirty oven will not taste or smell as nice as the food cooked in a clean and hygienic oven.
How Does it Get Dirty?
There are multiple reasons for your oven to get dirty:
- It could be because you haven’t paid attention to it and haven’t cleaned it for a long time so all the grease and old food has stuck there
- Or it could be because you had a failed experiment in baking and your disappointment didn’t let you clean it then and there
- You are a tenant who’s got into a new house where the owner has not bothered to get the appliances cleaned
Tips For Oven Cleaning:
Whatever your reasons are, we have got you covered and these easy tips will help you to get your oven clean and maintain it that way too.
– Know Your Oven Type:
Before you buy or invest in any cleaning products, you should know what type of oven you have. For example, you cannot use AGA oven products if you have stainless steel oven racks.
– Room and Oven Temperature:
Before you even start, make sure that the oven is cool and the room is well ventilated.
– Take the Necessary Precautions:
Rubber gloves and apron are important so get your things ready before you set down to clean.
– Cleaning Products:
You can buy any good quality oven cleaning sprays and bottles that are easily available in the market. If your oven is very dirty, invest in a really strong one. Remember, these tips will help you to keep your oven from getting dirty in the future so if you invest in good quality products now, you might not have to buy them again for a long time.
Start with the shelves. Take them out and if they fit into the sink they can be scrubbed and washed there. Shelves can also be washed in the dishwasher. Or another easy tip is to scrub them off of any old food particles and soak and wash them in the bathtub! They will definitely fit in there and you can be sure they are properly soaked for a long time before you wash them off. Add a little bit of washing powder and warm water.
Oven doors and glass accumulate a lot of grease and food remains which gives your oven a filthy and unkempt look. Some ovens have the option of a removable door if your oven is one of those you can simply dismantle it and soak it in warm water and detergent. If not, you can scrape the door frame and glass off any grease and food particles with a metal scraper.
now that you have taken out and cleaned all the removable parts, its time to get down to clean the sides or walls of the oven. This is the trickiest part as the walls can not be removed and you really have to reach to the furthest corners to clean it properly. A good tip in this regard is to put in the sprays or cleaning products in every corner and every part of the walls and let them soak into it for as long as possible. You can do this overnight and then wipe and clean them again in the morning.
Don’t forget the most important part of your oven, which is the roof or the top of the inside of the oven. We say most important because when you bake an uncovered food in the oven most of the food splashes and smoke gathers at the top and stays there. It is hidden out of sight so it is easy to forget that part of the oven, but this checklist will help you to remember and clean each part one by one, so as not to miss anything.
– Bottom Drawer:
While you are cleaning your oven, don’t forget to clean the bottom drawer too. In most ovens, this drawer is to keep your cooked food warm at a serving temperature while you get the other stuff ready. Although this space does not gather a lot of grease and grime, it always a good idea to get it cleaned and get on top of your oven cleaning spree.
– Cooker and Stove:
Now that you are at it, why not clean the cooker and stoves too? Although they get cleaning more regularly than the oven, it would be nice to have a clean oven and cooker top to bottom. So, give your stove and cooker a good clean and scrub, including the outsides and the splashback.
What Products do You Need?
You can either invest in some market products for oven cleaning or you can even make your own household products. Some of the useful and effective household products that you can easily make and afford are discussed below in this article.
You will need a few products when you plan to clean your oven.
Rubber gloves; to keep your hands safe and clean from scrubbing and cleaning products, to avoid any itching or allergic reactions.
Apron; to protect your clothes in case any spray or splash gets on them.
Pair of safety glasses; to protect eyes from cleaning products. Some market cleaning products have strong chemicals which may cause irritation and itching in your eyes, therefore it’s a good idea to be on the safe side.
Old newspapers; spread them around the oven to protect the floor from getting dirty with grease and grime or even splashes from the cleaning products.
A damp cloth; you will need this to wipe off the surfaces once the cleaning products have been applied. You might want to buy more than one unless you want to wash and reuse.
Bin bag; to collect all the dirt and residue from the oven and for other bits and pieces like the newspaper, cleaning cloth or sponge.
A sponge; it helps with scrubbing if your oven is especially dirty and the grease doesn’t come off with just the cloth.
Some Great Cleaning Products:
There is a variety of commercial cleaning products available that will help you to clean your oven effectively. These are easily available in stores and most of them are not very expensive.
- Elbow Grease: it is very effective for degreasing any sorts of material be it plastic, glass or metal surface. For this reason, this product is very popular for cleaning kitchen appliances such as oven, cooker and even the grill on the extractor fan.
- Oven Pride: it is said to be the best no-scrubbing cleaner, which means that it is gentle on the metal surfaces. For best results, it has to be applied on the surface and left overnight. This is, however, a strong one so you need to wear your rubber gloves before you start the application.
- Astonish: This is best for stubborn grease and is a very good oven cleaner.
- Dirtbusters: if you are looking for an eco-friendly option, this is the one you need. It is used by professional cleaners and is kind to skin, plus it smells nice too.
- HG: this product works a bit differently in the sense that you require a slightly warm oven for it to work. Leave it for 3 or more minutes before wiping off.
- Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner: We all use different varieties of Mr Muscle for different cleaning purposes. The oven cleaner one is also very effective and yields excellent results. The best part is, there is no scrubbing required and your oven will be sparkly clean in just a few hours!
Home Remedies For Oven Cleaning:
There are several household remedies that you can use to clean your oven, which involves some basic household products too. So, if you don’t want to invest in any commercial products or you are wary of the effects they might have on your health when you use the oven after using chemicals, then you might want to go for the homemade products. We have discussed the products and the methods with which you can use these homemade products to yield the best results.
– Baking Soda and Water:
Make a paste of baking soda or bicarbonate of soda with water. Apply it all over the oven and leave it to 10-12 hours or overnight. Clean it with a damp cloth in the morning and all the grime should come off easily!
From the above hack, another addition you can do to make your oven extra clean is to use vinegar. When you have wiped off the surfaces of any baking soda, you can make a spray of vinegar and water with a ratio of 1:3. Use a clean spray bottle and spray everywhere on the inside of the oven then wipe off again. This method is to ensure than no baking soda is left behind.
– Lemon Juice:
This hack is particularly interesting and easy too. In fact, you will have a double advantage of this method, we’ll explain how. Take 2 lemons and extract their juice, pour them into a baking tray filled 1/3 with water. In a preheated oven, place your baking tray for half an hour and then turn off. Let the oven cool down and then wipe off the grime and grease of the surface. The advantages of this method are, you don’t have to remove the racks, the baking tray will also get cleaned with lemon and the best part is, the kitchen will smell lovely with lemons!
– Corn Starch And White Vinegar:
Stir cook corn starch with white vinegar into a paste until it warms up. Let it cool down then apply the paste to the oven, leave it for about 20 minutes then wipe off.
– Corn Starch, Lemon and Dish Soap:
Stir cook corn starch and lemon into a thick paste before adding a spoonful of washing up liquid then apply it to the oven. Leave it for about 20 minutes then wipe off.
Rubbing Alcohol, Water and Dishwashing Soap:
Take a quarter of a cup of rubbing alcohol and water each and add a few drops of dishwashing soap. Make a spray and apply to the oven, leave it for 20 minutes before wiping off.
– Baking Soda, Salt and Dishwashing Soap:
Take 2 spoons of baking soda and salt each and one spoon of dishwashing soap, apply on the oven (this is especially good for the glass) and leave for 20 minutes before wiping off.
– Other Methods:
Some other methods can also be useful for oven cleaning.
Using Ammonia: this method of cleaning kitchen appliances such as microwave, stoves or oven is not very popular due to several reasons. For this method of cleaning, heat the oven for a few minutes then turn off. Place half a cup of ammonia in an ovenproof bowl on the top shelf. Place a bowl or dish or boiling water in the bottom shelf, close the oven door and leave it overnight. Make sure the kitchen is well ventilated. Ammonia has a very pungent smell and can cause irritation in people with breathing issues. It is also not a good idea to use it if you have any pets at home. These are the reasons that despite being a natural remedy it is not one of the best. If you plan to use it though, make sure all the safety measures are taken into consideration.
Self-cleaning: Some ovens come with an option of self-cleaning. With this method, there are a few things that need to be taken into account before you begin. The first thing is to read the user manual on how to perform the self-cleaning operation in your oven. Next, take all pans out and in some cases the oven racks too. Scrub off as much of the old food particles as you can to make the self-cleaning job more effective and to avoid the danger of fire. In this method, the oven is heated at a much higher temperature than normal baking, this is the reason many people are reluctant to use this feature. It takes about 2 to 4 hours for a cleaning cycle to complete, depending upon how dirty your oven was. The oven door automatically locks in some ovens, if it doesn’t you will have to take necessary precautions so that someone doesn’t open it accidentally. Oven door unlocks when the oven is cooled to normal baking temperature. You can clean the loosened residue with a damp cloth.
Get professional help: If your budget allows it, you can hire the services of professional cleaning services. They are very efficient and can make your oven as good as new in a small time. It takes as less as one or two hours for a thorough professional oven cleaning. If your professional cleaner is using eco-friendly products, your oven should be ready to use as soon as the cleaning is finished. The general recommended time for professional oven cleaning is every 6 months.
Get everyone to help: It is not just one person’s job to clean the house. The food is made for and enjoyed by everyone in the house, hence everyone should have to contribute towards the cleaning too. If you have cooked/baked the food, maybe your partner or kids can help to tidy up and clean afterwards. Sharing household chores make them less hectic and super time-saving. Moreover, it brings in a feeling of enjoyment and ‘family time’ rather than just a tiring job that needs to be done!
Maintaining a Clean Oven
when you use your kitchen appliances, they are bound to get dirty, same goes for the oven too. The more you use it the more often it gets dirty. But you cannot stop yourself from enjoying a Sunday night roast dinner or a freshly baked homemade cake! Therefore, as we’ve all heard it several times, prevention is better than cure. Now that we have learned a good few tips on how to clean a dirty and grimy oven, it’s time to learn how to maintain it. Regular cleaning is better and more cost-effective than completely destroying your appliances and replacing them every one or two years.
- Obviously, it gets dirty every time you use it, so a good way to keep it nice and clean is to wipe it and clean it then and there. As soon as you have finished using it, let it cool down and wipe it off, just like we do it with the stoves.
- Put a cover or aluminium foil on dishes that you know will cause splashes in the oven.
- You can use a cookie sheet under the dishes that are bound to spill over so that the spill doesn’t get on the oven surface.
- You can also invest in a few oven liners that are available online. They are placed on the bottom of the oven surface and are easily removable, are washable so they can be easily washed as reused.
- Do not overfill the dishes and use a lid whenever possible.
- If you still have any spillover accident, pour salt on the spill right there and then scrub it off when it has cooled down.
Thankfully, oven cleaning is not something you would be doing every day. Once in every six months should be enough or maybe even less, depending on how often you use your oven. Again, if you clean small bits of mess regularly, you wouldn’t need a big clean up very frequently.
Whether you want to use commercial products or homemade ones or even professional services, you will have to figure out which oven cleaning solution, or a combination of some, works best for you and your oven type. For future reference, keep this comprehensive guide handy so you don’t have to worry about how you should go about your oven cleaning spree.