Built-up grease and baked-on on gunk can not only reduce the life of your oven, it poses a fire risk. The longer your oven is left without a thorough clean, the more difficult it will be to remove the unhygienic mess inside. Here are a few tips on how to make the laborious task of cleaning your oven a lot quicker and safer.
Get a self-cleaning oven
Having a self-cleaning oven does not mean you avoid the task of cleaning altogether. Rather, the self-cleaning feature makes the job easier for you by reducing spills to a powdery ash that can be easily wiped away with a damp, soapy cloth upon completion of the cleaning cycle. • Before commencing the self-clean cycle, open your kitchen window to prevent the smoke emitted by the oven during the process from sticking to your ceiling and walls. • Remove residue from the oven door and frame by gently washing it with a gentle cleaner, but avoid scrubbing the door seal as this may damage it. • Never use commercial oven cleaners or abrasives like steel wool on the interior or your self-cleaning oven.
Using commercial oven-cleaner
Using a commercial spray-on cleaner is the quickest way to clean a conventional oven. Begin by reading the manufacturer’s instructions and ensuring that the area is well-ventilated. Since most commercial sprays are caustic, it is vital that you always wear gloves when using these types of cleaning products.
Spray the cleaner so that it covers the interior surfaces of your oven, being careful to avoid directly spraying the light and heating element. Leave the cleaner on for as long as possible (overnight is ideal) before wiping all surfaces with a damp cloth or sponge. You may find it necessary to use a scourer to scrub areas with stubborn build-up. If you are still unable to remove any areas of baked-on carbon, repeat the spray-and-wait process before attempting to scrub again.
Homemade oven cleaning solutions
There are several ways that you can keep your oven spotless without using harsh chemical cleaners. • Wipe up spills with a hot, soapy cloth after each use, waiting until the oven cools. By doing so, you will avoid any build-up on your interior surfaces. • Protect against spillage by covering the bottom of your oven cavity with aluminum foil, ensuring that you don’t cover any vents or elements. • Alternatively, safely make your oven shine with one of these homemade cleaners:
o Combine even quantities of salt, baking soda and water until they form a paste and apply to the oven interior. Heat the appliance to 260?C for an hour before switching off. Once the unit is cool, wipe with a damp cloth, ensuring to rinse thoroughly. o Mix equal parts of lemon juice and salt. Apply to unit and leave for 15 minutes before scrubbing with a scourer to remove grease. o Form a paste made from 5 tablespoons baking soda, 4 tablespoons white vinegar and 3 drops of liquid detergent. Use to scrub the oven interior and rinse with a wet sponge or cloth.