Every baker or foodie has an oven in their homes. Baking these days has become an easy and efficient hobby to cook up delicious meals anytime. Although it doesn’t take much effort to bake up banana bread or chicken, it’s assumed it takes a lot of effort to clean an oven.
Myth! It doesn’t take too long to clean out an oven if you follow the steps below.
One must clean out an oven at least once every 2-3 months and give it a wipe now and then.
Heat and residue of food together make a combination that can invite bacteria, bugs, and mold. Worse, it could cause permanent damage to your oven.
Now how do you go about it?
You don’t need chemicals to clean your oven. Even if there are baking stains or blobs of leftover food strewn about, just a couple of things that you can readily find in your kitchen or around the house will do.
Things you’ll need to clean an oven:
- Baking soda
- Rag or cloth
Take out the rack in the oven and ensure the oven is turned off. You may also want to ensure it’s not plugged in to avoid getting electrocuted.
Now you may soak the rack in hot water for a while.
Mix one part water and three parts baking soda together to form a paste. You may adjust the quantity depending on the size of your oven.
Now with a toothbrush, apply the paste all over the oven’s interior, focusing on the areas that need cleaning. Remember to keep it off any metal areas.
Leave this paste on for a couple of hours. Before it dries out completely, wipe it off with a rag or a piece of cloth.
Now take out the soaked racks, and wipe them down as well. If the stains still remain, use the same baking soda paste and repeat the process.
Outside of the oven:
Mix equals parts of water and vinegar together. Soak a rag or a piece of cloth and wipe down the outside of the oven.
These methods may get rid of the overall dirt and stains but may leave some grease behind. Vinegar may not restore the shiny outside of your oven looking as good as new. Here’s a quick fix that will not take hours but will still leave your oven looking spic and span.
Spray some WD-40 on the inside and the outside of your oven and wipe it all down. In minutes, see your oven get cleaned of all the stains and grease, and get baking again!