There are things in the house that we clean on a regular basis: our clothes, our bathrooms, our sheets and towels, the kitchen sink, and all our tiled and hardwood floors. However, some of the less routinely scoured and scrubbed areas of our homes become missed or forgotten completely. One of these areas is the kitchen oven. After weeks, months, or years of baking and roasting, even the newest, most well-functioning oven will tend to get greasy and grimy. Built-up grime and burned food can develop and amass in your oven.
This deadly duo turns into carbon, and if left to accumulate can taint your food or even possibly create a fire hazard in your home. A clean oven can provide a better fragrance, make for a better looking kitchen, and add to the overall appearance of your home. Whether you have inherited an old dusty oven, are renting in a place with an oven that hasn’t been cleaned, professionally clean ovens for a living, or if (like most of us) you’re just realising that you’ve let that oven go unscrubbed for a little too long, it’s never too late to learn some new cleaning tips and tricks that can turn that oven that needs a deep clean into a sparkling baking machine.
What tyoe of oven do you have?
First and foremost, figure out what type of oven you have. If you have a regular oven without any cleaning features, these are the ones that absolutely must be cleaned by hand. If you have a continuous cleaning oven (or a textured oven), these have a layer made of porcelain designed to burn away spilled food while you’re using the oven to bake. If you have a self-cleaning oven, you may think that this means that the oven will clean itself without leaving behind any grime or traces of food. Unfortunately, many self-cleaning ovens still need a deep clean from time to time, especially if it’s been quite awhile since they’ve been washed and scrubbed by hand. The good news is that there are many excellent ways to clean your oven inside and out, many of which you can use with products that you may already have in your kitchen cabinets.
While there are always cleaners, such as Easy-Off, you may be able to “go green” to clean your oven. This is a great way to clean the oven without inhaling any dizzying strong sprays or using chemicals on the oven that will eventually give wear and tear to the inside. The best products you can use is a little baking soda, some vinegar, and your own elbow grease. First, make a pasty mixture with the baking soda and water. Coat the oven with these ingredients, and then leave it sit overnight. After twenty-four hours, wipe out as much of the mixture out as possible, and then, use water to wipe out the rest. Get a spray bottle and pour vinegar inside. Spray the oven down with vinegar. (This reacts with the baking soda.
Remember that science experiment that puts baking soda and vinegar inside the volcano?) The chemical reaction gives you a clean and sparkling oven. After this, if you’re not too tired, it’ll be time to bake something scrumptious for dinner. (Or you can order out. You’ve earned it!)Read More