8 Ways to Clean Your Oven Quickly and Thoroughly for a Sparkling Finish
An oven is one of the kitchen appliances that gets messy pretty fast from grease, food particles, and spillages from the steak or pot roast. Cleaning it can be a daunting task, thus many people keep postponing it. However, leaving it dirty for long periods causes the grease and dirt to pile on, making it even more difficult to clean.
Luckily, we've researched and found eight ways to clean the oven quickly and thoroughly, leaving it squeaky clean.
How to Clean Your Oven Quickly and Thoroughly
Some ovens have the self-cleaning option, which sets the temperature at 880 degrees Fahrenheit. The high temperature is to incinerate anything from food particles to grease inside the oven. Once it's done, you will find some ash at the oven's base, which you can wipe off with a damp cloth.
This method is super fast and one of the easiest methods of cleaning your oven. However, it has some cons: It requires the oven to be locked for about five hours as it emits a lot of heat, which is unfavorable during summer. More so, it releases a pretty foul odor.
Instead of using the self-cleaning feature, the list below shows you how to clean your oven using natural products. You may be asking, is it possible for the oven to actually get clean without chemicals? Yes, and this article will show you how.
Your bbq oven has several compartments, and you'll have to clean them separately to get your work done quickly and leave it sparkling.
1. Prepare All the Items You Will Need
First, you need to prepare all the items to clean your oven quickly. Ensure that they are natural and contain no harsh chemicals. These include:
· Baking soda
· Microfiber cloth
· Spray bottle
The upside of using natural products is that they are safe and harmless to people and pets. They are inexpensive, and most of them are already in your pantry.
2. Open the Oven and Remove the Racks
Disconnect your oven from the socket. Then open the oven door and remove the racks.
3. Clean the Oven with Baking Soda and Water
Mix the baking soda and water to make a paste and then apply it to the inside of the oven. Let it sit for 30 minutes. This helps soak up all the grease and oils. Then wipe it off using a damp microfiber cloth.
4. Finish Cleaning with Vinegar and Water
After wiping off the dirt, there will be some grease and baking soda paste remnants. Spray a little bit of vinegar to get rid of the residue. You will notice some bubbles; let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then use a non-abrasive pad to scrub the inside of your oven gently. After you are done, wipe off the rest of the dirt using a damp microfiber rag.
You can also opt to use store-bought oven cleaner, which is pretty effective in eliminating all the grease, oil spillages, and food particles in the oven. You just need to spray on all the inside surface of your oven and leave it for about 30 minutes. This helps it soak up and lift the grease and grime, giving you an easy time wiping it off using a damp cloth.
However, it is good to note that most of these oven cleaning solutions contain chemicals, so it's best to leave your windows open, wear gloves, and wear a mask to protect yourself from the fumes.
5. Clean the Oven Racks
Next, you need to learn how to clean oven racks. This is especially important for a bbq oven as the grease from the barbecued meat collects on the shelves.
Take a large basin and fill it with warm water, then add dishwasher detergent. If you don't have a basin that can accommodate the rack, you can use your bathtub, but make sure to clean it after you are done. Let them soak for two to three hours.
Take a stiff brush and scrub your racks to remove the stubborn grease and grime. After they are clean, rinse them with clean water. Then place them on a drying rack. After you are sure they are dry, you can return them to the oven.
Alternatively, you can soak them in water mixed with baking soda. Let it sit for 30 minutes for the grease and grime to be lifted, then scrub with a stiff scrubber.
Afterward, spray vinegar on the racks and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then scrub again and wipe off with a damp microfiber rag.
If your oven uses porcelain racks, the self-cleaning option will work seamlessly.
6. Clean the Oven Knobs
As you light up your oven and cook, the knobs will get dirty. To learn how to clean the oven knobs, and leave them sparkling clean.
You may be tempted to spray the knobs with a cleaning solution, but resist that temptation. The liquid may seep behind the knobs and contact the wire, leading to a short circuit in your oven's control panel. This might render your oven useless or require a replacement of some parts, which will be costly.
Therefore, to avoid this, take a microfiber cloth and wet it with a cleaning solution, then wipe off all the grease and dirt from the knobs.
7. Clean the Oven Glass Doors
Your oven doors are fragile as they are made of glass, so you must be gentle when cleaning them. We'll show you how to clean oven glass doors in three steps.
You can opt to use a mixture of baking soda and water. Spread the paste on the door and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then wipe it off with a damp cloth. If you notice that some parts are not clean, spray a bit of vinegar and let it sit for 20 minutes. Wipe it off and then rinse with clean water and buff it dry.
Alternatively, you can wash the oven doors using water and dish detergent or oven cleaner. Then afterward, spray diluted vinegar for a cleaner finish and buff it dry for a shiny outcome.
Some ovens come with a double glass door, so you must clean the area between the glass. Open the oven door, then unscrew along the top. Provide support, such as a cushion for the door, to prevent scratches. Then start clearing the dust and collecting all the food particles lodged in between. You can use a vacuum cleaner to suck it up, then use a damp cloth to wipe the glass before screwing it back on.
8. Clean the Oven Top
Of all parts of your oven, this is the easiest to clean. Take a water basin with detergent, a scrubber, and a microfiber cloth. Scrub the oven top with the scrubber, then wipe it off with a damp microfiber cloth.
Alternatively, you can use baking soda, salt, and water to scrub the oven top. Then wipe off with a damp cloth.
After ensuring that every part of your oven is clean, let it rest for 24 hours before using it.
If cleaning is not your forte, you can consider hiring professional cleaners. Keep in mind that the cost of cleaning an oven depends on the type and size. So do your research before settling for a specific cleaning company.
Cleaning an oven is quite a task, so implement the following cleaning tips to ensure that your oven stays clean.
1. Create a cleaning schedule for the oven and the whole house and have everyone involved.
2. Avoid having to clean your oven's base by applying an oven liner, which collects all the food spills and grease spills while using the cooker. The upside is you can reuse the liner after cleaning them, and they are dishwasher safe.
3. Place it below your roast if you are roasting on the oven grill and have an extra tray. It helps collect all the greases that come off your meat, protecting the base of your oven.
4. Don't fill your baking trays to the brim, as it only increases the chance of spillage. Ensure that the food has plenty of space to cook without pouring over. And always cover the dishes with a lid.
You want to clean the oven quickly and thoroughly within the shortest time possible. But if you want a sparkling finish, you have to be patient and give your cleaning solution or homemade baking soda paste time to soak up and lift all the grease and grime. This will make it easy for you to clean.
That said, make a habit of cleaning your oven regularly and adopt the tips discussed above to keep your oven clean. Happy baking!