The oven is one of the most important home cooking appliances used for roasting and heating meals. It can be found in almost every household, whether a family one or an individual home. Just like other home appliances, the oven can get damage due to a lack of cleaning and maintenance.
I’m sure everyone including you might have had issues with the oven after so much use and a very little cleaning and maintenance. Issues such as lack of performance, bad smell, and possible fire hazards. In this post, you are going to be given the easy way to clean the oven. Followed by some tips on how to maintain them.
Follow the steps and tips that will be given to you later accordingly, then you can say ‘goodbye’ to oven issues and ‘hello’ to stress-free baking.
Why should I clean the oven?
It’s likely that you may have asked the question with annoyance, given you have a troubled history with cleaning it. This is understandable, as cleaning the oven is one of the most hated home chores. It usually involves a lot of chemicals, time and it’s of effort to clean it. It’s worse when you don’t what you are doing.
Cleaning it may be a hard and frustrating task, but losing this expensive piece of the home appliance to lack of cleaning and maintenance is far worse.
If you are considering leaving the oven for cleaning to a later date or you’ve decided to stop cleaning the oven, here are five reasons why you should consider twice a month oven cleaning and maintenance:
Its save a lot of energy and heat needed for oven use
When the oven is covered in burnt food and failed baking attempts, the lack of cleaning it can lead to inefficiently of the oven. For one, the oven will take much longer to heat up and this is because of loss of energy or heat.
Here’s how it happens
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The loss of energy and heat is due to the stained window of the oven. As it is stained the meal being heated cannot be monitored so you would resort to constantly opening the oven which will cause energy and the heat to escape.
If the oven were clean and constantly maintained then its window would be clear to see through and monitoring the progress of the meal be a lot easier. There will be no energy or heat loss. If this happens the heating up the oven would not take long.
It makes the food taste a lot better
Would you fry your eggs on a dirty pan? Or would you warm your pizza on a dirt microwave? Of course not, it will cause your meal to have an unpleasant taste. This also applies to ovens, it’s not ideal to bake or roast your meals in a dirty oven.
If you were to bake a cake and you’ve not cleaned out the oven from the previous meal you baked. Let’s say roasted fish, for instance, the taste of the cake is sure to be ‘fishy’.
The oven will become safer
Using a dirty oven can be a very dangerous health hazard. The presence of baked-on food, dirt, and build-up of elbow grease constitute fire hazards. This makes the oven seem like a bomb with no timer.
Apart from the fire hazards, an in clean oven becomes the haven for bacteria and other organisms that can cause issues to one’s health.
There will be fewer problems with the oven in the long run
Constant maintenance of the oven will ensure issues like fire hazards, loss of heat, time-wasting and bacteria Infestation will be avoided.
How to clean my oven
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Cleaning the oven can be a very tasking chore, but it can be easier if you do it right. I’m going to outline 9 foolproof steps to follow that will ensure your oven is rid of stains. Before we dive right in, here are some tools you need to prepare:
- Boiling water
- Baking soda
- Orange peels
- Apple cider vinegar
- Bathroom cleaner (or paper towel, old cloth)
- A pair of gloves
- Washing powder
How to clean the oven naturally: steps to follow
Here are easy steps to follow in order to get your oven squeaky clean:
Step 1: Turn off the oven until its cool enough to clean
When cleaning the oven the first step to take is to make sure the oven is inactive. Of its still hot, wait till it cools down so that you can avoid burns on your body.
Step 2: Remove the excess dirt from the inside of the oven
Once you’ve achieved step one, take out the racks and make use of paper towels or old rags to clean off the stains and burnt out remains from the base of the oven.
Note: This should be practiced every time, immediately after using the oven. So that much cleaning wouldn’t have to be done in the future.
Step 3: Make a solution of water and baking soda
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Get an empty container ready. Put half of a cup of baking into that container and pour some water too, until it forms a pasty substance. Spread this pasty substance on all over the base or bottom the oven.
Note: Make sure your gloves are on, so you won’t get burned by the heating elements. The gloves will also help you in spreading out the paste all over the base a lot better.
Step 4: Use of washing powder to clean the racks
The racks that you have taken out earlier will require a special kind of cleaning technique. You will need a pair of gloves, paper towels or old rag, washing powder and hot boiling water.
Pour the washing powder into a larger container of boiling water and dip the racks in it overnight( make sure the container is large enough to fit the racks altogether).
Note: if it’s not too dirty then you can place them in a dishwasher.
Step 5: Leave out the cleaning procedure is the third and fourth step
What you’ve done in the third and fourth step should be left out for a day so that each of the cleaning procedures in the two steps become complete.
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Let the baking soda and water paste do its work at the oven bottom or base of the oven for one night. Also, the boiling water mixed with washing powder should be left alone in order to make cleaning the racks easier the next day.
Step 6: Clean the windows
In order to clean the oven’s windows thoroughly, you will need a mixture of baking soda and water (warm water) which will form a pasty substance. Apply this pasty substance on the oven’s window from the inside.
Step 7: Clean the stove as well
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Every part of the oven should be cleaned up, including the stove. In order to clean the stove effectively, you will need a mixture containing a tablespoon of salt, a tablespoon of baking powder and a little bit of water. The result will be a pasty substance.
Apply the pasty substance on the stove and then scrub and wipe it clean with a paper towel or old rag.
Step 8: The next day, clean the oven up
After waiting a whole day for the procedures in the third and fifth steps to be completed, it is now finally time to clean up the oven with a damp rag and spatula to remove the paste from the oven’s base and window.
Step 9: Make use of vinegar and a wet piece of rag/cloth
This step focuses on removing the paste that fails to come off. You will need to put vinegar into a spray bottle and release some of the vinegar to the areas where the paste won’t come out. After that, scrub the sprayed area with a damp piece of cloth. Also, scrub the racks that were dipped in a mixture of boiling water and washing powder overnight.
Tips on how to keep your oven clean
Here simple tips to help you prolong the life of your oven after routine cleaning:
- Cover up your casserole dishes with a lid
- Use an oven liner
- Make use of a spare roasting tray to prevent grease from the upper one to reach the oven’s base
- Don’t overfill the casserole dish
- Always steam clean the outer part of your oven.
So there you go. All you need to know about the easy way to clean the oven. With the cleaning steps to follow and the tips of maintenance, you should be able to enjoy your kitchen and your perfectly performing oven.
Jim is our staff editor and writer. He has a degree in engineering. His hobbies are radio engineering and new technologies about which he has been writing for more than 7 years.