Steps for Easy Oven Cleaning

It’s a task we all love to put off, but cleaning your oven can help it run better and keep you from cringing when you open the door. There’s no way around a little elbow grease, but below are some fairly easy methods to get that awful baked-on gunk out of your oven and out of your life.

Self-cleaning ovens

This setting virtually burns off that crusty oven scum—carbon—without the use of chemicals. Using an extremely high temperature (approximately 900 degrees Fahrenheit) and a locking mechanism that keeps potential burn accidents from happening, your oven spends around three hours purging itself of baked-on residue. Though this process skips the toxins of harsh cleaning chemicals, there can be smoke involved, so you and your pets should keep clear of the area.

Commercial oven cleaner

Be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection when cleaning with these powerful chemicals, and read the can’s instructions fully. In general, manufacturers recommend heating the oven to 200 degrees. Then turn the oven off and spray all interior soiled areas immediately. Leave the cleaner on overnight to work on the grime. The next morning, take a damp sponge or rag to wipe the oven clean. Rinse and wipe dry.

Natural cleaning products
Chemical-free oven cleaning takes a little more effort, but is easier on your health and the environment. Lemon juice makes a great grease cutter, along with these other ingredients, which you’ll likely find in your kitchen. Mix the following in a bucket or bowl: 

  • 1 tbsp liquid dish soap
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp bleach
  • 1 quart warm water

Apply the solution to the inside of the oven with a sponge, let it sit for an hour, scrub clean and rinse.

 Of course, the best way to keep your oven clean is to wipe up spills and spatters as soon as they happen. Since most of us don’t manage to do that, however, it’s good to know there are a number of ways to get you’re a dirty oven clean again!

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