Ovens are one of those kitchen appliances that are often promoted as appliances that require little cleaning, or at least quick clean-ups. While this is certainly true, many users often mistake "minimal clean-up" for "zero clean-up", resulting in the build-up of large amounts of grime and stains in their ovens. However, dirty ovens can influence the taste of your food (negatively, duh!), affect the efficiency of your oven, and potentially result in the spread of bacteria.
At this point, you'd probably be pretty motivated to clean your oven ASAP, so to ease this process and make it less painful, we've put together a list of 3 easy ways to clean your oven!
After every use, you should always aim to give your oven a quick general clean once it's fully cooled down. You could certainly get away with giving your oven a good wipe down with a clean, damp cloth, to wipe off any bits of food or oil. Alternatively, you could also purchase commercial cleaning products designed for cleaning ovens and make use of it together with a clean cloth to keep your oven clean.
For a more natural cleaning solution that is both safe and effective, you could simply opt to make use of common household items that you probably already have at home — lemon, water, cloths and a gentle sponge. Here's a detailed guide on how to make use of a lemon and water mixture to clean your oven:
Adapted from: Cooking Light
What you'll need:
- Fill a medium-sized, oven-proof mixing bowl with water. Cut two lemons in half and place them in the bowl.
- Pre-heat your oven to 120°C.
- Once heated, place the mixing bowl inside on one of the racks and leave it in your oven for an hour.
- After an hour, turn off the oven, open the door and let it cool slightly.
- While the oven is still warm (cool enough that you can safely touch the inside without getting burned), put on gloves, take a damp cloth and wipe down all surfaces, including the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corners and crevices. If needed, use a wet sponge or any other abrasive tool to target any extra sticky spots. Be sure to wipe thoroughly so that you remove all grease and grime.
This homemade DIY solution is also an option that's perfectly safe for self-cleaning ovens, which typically have a layer of special coating that may be corroded by the harsh chemicals in store-bought oven cleaners. Before you finish up your oven, don't forget about your oven door and window glass!
Apart from the general cleaning and maintenance of your oven, it'd also be a great idea to deep clean your oven, every once in a while. Apart from keeping your oven clean and hygienic, deep cleaning your oven on a regular basis helps to preserve and maintain your oven, so that it'll function well for a long time. Deep cleaning your oven is simple, and can be done with a homemade solution comprising of one of our favourite multi-purpose ingredients — baking soda.
Adapted from: Martha Stewart
What you'll need:
- Small bowl
- Measuring Cups
- Brush (e.g. paintbrush, toothbrush)
- Clean cloth
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup warm water
- In a small bowl, mix the baking soda and water to create a paste. (Note: A large oven may require more paste so adjust the amount accordingly)
- Take your racks out of your oven and let them sit in dishwashing liquid for a few hours, scrubbing with a dish sponge or scrub before rinsing well and leaving to dry. If your racks need heavy-duty cleaning, apply the paste. However, do note that this paste can only be used on stainless steel racks, as it could potentially discolour aluminium.
- Using a brush, spread the paste throughout the oven's interior, avoiding bare metal surfaces and the oven door. Leave to sit overnight so that this paste can work its magic.
- Remove the paste with a damp sponge. Wipe with a damp cloth, repeating to remove streaks.