No matter how careful you are when using your oven, you are bound to notice a build up of dirt, oil, and the occasional spill from time to time. Part of maintaining any oven is keeping it clean. You may have noticed that, if you don’t clean your oven regularly, it will start to smell like something is burning even though you have just turned it on. This is because the food particles pack on and, when your oven heats up, they start to burn. Here are some essential tips for keeping your oven clean.
While some love self-cleaning ovens, others feel that this is a feature they can do without. It really does come down to personal preference but, if you do use this feature, make sure that you follow the instructions to the letter. Improper use can do more harm than good. Remember that the self-cleaning function, even when used correctly, can take its toll on your oven. This is why it is best to wash areas like the inside of the oven door by hand. Simple soapy water will do the trick and, if you wash regularly, you will find that it doesn’t require nearly as much effort.
Steam cleaning ovens
Some ovens have a steam cleaning function that works well when you need to remove gunk or grime that has managed to pack on. You simply need to add a small amount of water to the bottom of the oven before running the steam cycle. As the water boils, the steam will fill the oven and allow stubborn grime to loosen. Once the cycle is complete, you can wipe the interior of your oven to clear away the dirt without any harsh scrubbing. Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Textured or continuous cleaning ovens
These ovens have a special type of surface that burns spills off gradually during every use. All you need to do is wipe down the interior of the oven with a damp cloth to remove this dirt. This needs to be done often in order to keep the oven clean, and you should never use any cleaning chemicals or abrasive cleaners like scouring pads.
If your oven does not have a self-cleaning function, then you will need to choose the right cleaning products and get ready to put in some effort. The best thing to do is to buy an oven cleaner with a good reputation and follow the instructions on the label. You should also remember to ensure that your kitchen is properly ventilated while you are cleaning since these cleaning substances are quite strong. Alternatively, you can go green by coating the oven door, walls, and floor with a paste made from baking soda and water. Leave overnight to loosen stubborn dirt and wipe off the dry paste the next day. Don’t worry if you can’t get all the paste off. Simply use vinegar to remove anything left behind. You will notice that the dry paste and vinegar spray will make foam which you can use to scrub away any dirt or grime still hanging around. Finally, wipe with a damp cloth and allow to air dry once you are done.
Metal oven racks should be removed and placed in a tub of hot, soapy water. Soak for about two hours and then scrub them with a brush. Rinse and allow to dry before placing them back in the oven.
Remember, keeping your oven clean will help prolong its life and make for easier repairs if and when needed.