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Complete Oven Cleaning Guide

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Complete Oven Cleaning Guide

Don’t you just hate it when you’re baking dinner and the pot in the oven boils over? The sauce begins to crust at the bottom. The kitchen gets smoky. There’s no way to take care of it until everything cools.


You could just forget about it, but by not cleaning-up the mess, your oven will lose efficiency. You’ll also be subjected to more smoke when you fire it up next time.


To clean an oven, you’re first going to need to know what kind of range it is. The three standard ovens are self-cleaning, traditional and textured. Another consideration to take into account is whether it’s electric-or-gas-powered.

  1. For those who have a traditional oven, you’re going to need to use some elbow grease.

    1.Self-Cleaning Ovens

    You’re getting off easy if you have a self-cleaning oven. All you have to do is follow the manufacturer’s directions which are something like, “Flick that switch.” A self-cleaning oven heats up the interior of the stove for a couple of hours. This treatment only requires that you pick up the ash with a damp cloth once the oven cools. This is not something you want to do on a hot summer day. And you don’t ever want to use an oven cleaner on a self-cleaning oven.

  2. 2.Traditional Ovens

    For those who have a traditional oven, you’re going to need to use some elbow grease. These kinds of appliances will require you to scrub them down by hand. You don’t want to do that every time there’s a spill cooking on the oven floor. That’s why it’s best to spring into action while the unit is still warm. Not hot, warm. Grab a cleaning cloth. Dampen it and rub away as much baked-on goop as you can. Don’t use a paper towel. It will just shred, leaving behind little flecks of dirty paper towel.


    Let’s say the burnt food is stubborn. Grab a brush or a knife and lightly scrape-away the crusty stuff. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for further instructions on your particular oven.


    You could buy a kitchen cleaning product to do the job. Taking that route means you’re going to do the work in a well-ventilated environment. However, if you want to tackle this without harsh chemicals, try this:


    • Grab some baking soda and an empty spray bottle. Don’t use an old window cleaning bottle; buy a fresh one that’s dedicated to oven cleaning. Let’s say you have a 16-ounce container. Put in a couple of tablespoons of the baking soda and fill it with water


    • Work only on a cold oven. Spritz the mixture onto the black stuff at the bottom, let it sit for 5-minutes, wipe it off and repeat until the spot is gone


    • Now, hit the sides and the top of the oven. Same process as you performed for the bottom


    • This method can likewise be used on carbon deposits baked on to casserole dishes, too

  4. 3.Textured Ovens

    If you’ve got a textured oven, there’s a unique surface at the bottom. How it works is that, like a self-cleaning oven, it burns-off the mess as you’re cooking. What’s left behind is ash that can be dabbed-up with a damp cloth. This is like a self-cleaning oven in yet another way, never use an oven cleaner or harsh cleaning pads.


    As we said before, spills happen. These easy-to-use tips should ensure that just because a little spillage has seeped into your life, it’s no reason to spoil a perfectly prepared feast.

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