Cleaning an oven is a difficult task. It takes time, can involve scrubbing, and everyone has a little discomfort when they have to put their head inside the oven. To keep your oven fully operating, the task still has to be done periodically. If you walk for long periods of time without having to clean the walls and shelves of your oven, it can start to smell funky when you heat it, and it can eventually cause a fire hazard or cause your dishes to Can start wasting.
Depending on what type of oven you have, there are a few different ways of cleaning your oven. If your oven is of a self-cleaning variety, the cleaning process will be easier for you. If it is an older model oven without that feature, then you have to do a little more work. In either case, we created a quick tutorial on how to safely clean an oven, and without using any harsh chemicals.
Inside the oven: self-cleaning oven
Inside the oven is one of the most neglected parts of the kitchen. It is one of those “out of sight, out of mind” kind of things. Gunks can build on walls. But, the more you cook, the more difficult it is to remove the grime.
If you don’t know if your oven can clean itself, look at the knees. See if there is a setting for cleaning. If so, this process is not complicated; All it does is heat the oven really high, and burn everything locked inside. Your oven will emit an awful smell, so keep the windows open and keep children and pets away from the kitchen until the process is complete and the oven cools down.
Phase 1 – For some ovens, you have to lock it yourself, but whenever you start the cleaning process, others lock themselves. Check your oven safety lock to make sure you know how to use it.
Phase 2 – Press the button or rotate the knob to activate cleaning.
step 3 – This process takes two to six hours to complete. When finished, the door will unlock.
step 4 – Allow it to cool for a few hours before opening to avoid scaling grease.
Step 5 – When you open the door, there will be a pile of burnt food and leftover food. All you have to do is take out or wipe this debris out of your oven. If the rack still has guns on them, you can take them out and soak them in the sink for half an hour and then wipe them clean.
Alternative Options: Steam Cleaning
Ovens, especially those with convection settings, may offer a “steam clean” mode – Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, and other oven models may come with this feature. This mode tells you to put about one cup of water in the oven before turning on the cleaning mode. The steam helps dislodge the separated and baked pieces, and when the cycle is over, the oven becomes easier to wipe off (plus, the smell is not as bad). If your oven has a steam-clean facility, this can be a great way to clean and maintain your appliance.
Inside the oven: Non-self-cleaning oven
Some older ovens do not clean themselves, so you have to use elbow grease. There are a few ways to deal with the nook and cranes of your oven. The first and easiest way Oven cleaner, spray it all over, let it dry, and wipe it off. If you are concerned about cleaners or fumes from the environment, you can make your own cleaner using baking soda and water. We will discuss the DIY method in the steps below.
Phase 1 – Remove your oven racks, and soak them with warm water and soap for a few hours. People with very large oven racks may want to consider using a bathtub, but if you have enough space you may be able to soak the rack in the sink.
Phase 2 – Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a spray bottle, and fill the rest with water. Stir it to dissolve the baking soda.
step 3 – Spray evenly on every surface.
step 4 – Allow the solution to soak for one hour. If you go back and the grating is still stuck, spray the solution again, and wait another hour.
Step 5 – Wipe your oven with a hot water rag. You can also use a car windshield scraper to get out of really stubborn parts. a The dedicated stovetop brush is particularly useful for tough scrubbing jobs.
Step 6 – If the walls are still clogged after removing baking soda, dilute 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with warm water, and wipe everything off quickly. The vinegar will react with baking soda and rub it off with washcloth, which leaves a nice glow.
After rubbing and drying the soaked oven rack, put them back inside the oven.
You can clean your oven door using the same method: oven cleaner or baking soda. If you have a window in the oven door, you can use a glass cleaner on the window. Get rid of any food or grease falling down from the stovetop outside the door with hot water and soap.
Cleaning the inside of the oven is a difficult task, so take a break before going to the stove – you’ve earned it. Outside is very easy.
Phase 1 – Remove all the grates, and soak them in a mixture of water and dish soap (like you did with the rack of the oven).
Phase 2 – It depends on how dirty your stovetop is and your preferences, either use an industrial power cleaner or make your own cleaner. If you are making your own cleaner, use a mixture of baking soda and water beforehand, then follow with vinegar.
step 3 – Whichever cleaner you choose on the entire area of the stove and wash it with warm water. Some baked-on crusts may require hard scrubbing to remove. When finished, give the stovetop a light spray with a general household cleaner, and wipe it down with a paper towel to help remove any oil stripes.
step 4 – Change the grates, and you are ready to start cooking.
For glass-top stoves, you need a glass-top oven cleaner to avoid streaks. Keep just a small amount of cleaner on top, and use a warm washcloth or green scrubbing pad to clean the entire top, then use warm water to rinse it. You can dry it with towels or let it air dry.
Cleaning the control panel and knobs
The control panel of your oven is where the oil and food particles meet the skin oil and dirt from your hands, so it is no surprise that it can quickly become one of the dirtiest places in your kitchen .
If you have a new oven, you may have touch panel controls such as those on the oven shown above. It is more common on induction ovens, smart ovens and wall ovens. If you have a touch panel, it should not be too difficult to clean.
Phase 1 – Take a clean cloth and dip it in hot water mixed with a dish soap dish. Alternatively, use a safe household cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water.
Phase 2 – If there are really stubborn stains, take out a gentle scrub brush or sponge. Do a little work to help remove more stubborn spots.
step 3 – Wipe with a wet cloth, and dry with a cloth or paper towel.
Now, this works great for touch panels and flat buttons, but if you have bales like the ones pictured above (normally in gas ovens or older ovens), you have to deal with them in a different way. The need is really to ensure that the grime is removed.
Phase 1 – Disassemble your oven knobs. These knots are meant to be removed and cleaned, so you can usually separate them by just pulling them towards you with gentle but increasing force. If they are not budding, check your oven owner’s manual on how to take them. Once the lumps are removed, soak them in a bowl of equal parts water and white vinegar. Some knobs are dishwasher safe, but this is not really necessary.
Phase 2 – If it is a little late, then there is a lot of frozen dirt under those knuckles. Instead of rinsing it off immediately, spray or wipe it with your vinegar solution. Then take a durable sponge or brush and scrub around the knob blanks until all the grinds have been removed. Erase everything for one last time.
step 3 – Wash the knees in clean water. Set them on a dish rack or cloth and allow them to air-dry (if you have shiny metal knives, drying by hand can reduce the chances of water spots).
step 4 – Shake the knees again, and test them to make sure they are properly in place.
Now that you’ve conquered the oven, grab yourself a delicious drink to celebrate. It is best to refer to your owner’s manual for the most detailed instructions on how to clean your particular oven model.