For many homeowners, cleaning the oven is a dreaded task that is put off for as long as possible. This doesn’t have to be a difficult chore. Oven cleaning can be a breeze with knowledge and the right products; here are six steps to clean an oven quickly.
1. Gather the Materials to Clean an Oven
The first step is to gather the necessary cleaning supplies. You will need an oven cleaner, baking soda, a sponge, and a microfiber cloth.
2. Clean the Oven Racks
Remove the appliance’s racks. This allows you to access areas that are difficult to reach. In most ovens, the racks slide out.
Clean the oven racks with baking soda and water. Dampen a small amount of baking soda and scrub the shelves with it. Rinse them off with clean water and set the racks aside to dry.
If it’s been a while since the oven was cleaned, it might be necessary to soak the racks before scrubbing them. Fill the kitchen sink with warm, soapy water or use the bathtub for soaking.
3. Remove Residue from Oven
Clean inside the appliance with a sponge to remove burned food particles. Apply an oven cleaner to the sponge and wipe down the sides and floor of the oven. Rinse the sponge occasionally as you wipe the oven out.
4. Apply the Oven Cleaner
Thoroughly clean the oven with an oven cleanser. Follow the instructions on the bottle. Most cleaners require you to spray it onto the oven and leave it for six hours.
If you prefer to avoid harsh chemicals and want to save money, use baking soda. Baking soda is a natural product that can be used to clean ovens, stainless steel, and other kitchen surfaces.
Mix baking soda with water at a ratio of 2-to-1, creating a thick paste that can be applied inside the oven. Allow it to sit for a few hours or overnight.
5. Remove the Cleaning Product
After the recommended time, remove the cleaner. This can be done by spraying it with water and wiping it off with a sponge. Rinse the sponge often as you wipe.
If the oven is still dirty after removing the cleaner, repeat the process to remove the grease and grime.
6. Wash the Oven Door
Clean the oven door with a sponge and dish soap. If it is filthy, rinse the sponge between each wipe. You can use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean the front of the oven door. Dry the door afterward using a microfiber cloth.
With a few simple steps, you’ll have your oven looking like new.