Tips for cleaning your oven

It's always best to clean up spills straight away to stop them burning onto the surface. You should also clean your oven regularly to prevent dirt from building up.

We'll show you how to clean your oven with a chemical oven cleaner, and also without using chemicals.

Things you'll need

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There are a few things you'll need before you start:

  • A sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cleaning cloths
  • An old toothbrush for removing grime from the difficult to reach areas

Using a chemical oven cleaner

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It is best to clean the oven when you know you're not going to be using it for a few hours, and make sure you wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the chemicals. We'd also suggest you open a window for ventilation.

1.

Take the oven knobs off, and leave them to soak in a pan of water and detergent.

2.

Remove the oven racks and put them in some hot, soapy water to soak.

3.

Check the instructions on your oven cleaner, and make sure you use the correct amount. After you've applied the cleaner, leave it for the recommended amount of time, then wipe away the cleaner and grime with a damp sponge (you might need to rinse it a few times).

4.

Dry the oven with a soft cloth.

Cleaning your oven without chemicals

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If you'd rather not use chemicals to clean your oven, there are a few household products you could try. Here's how to clean your oven using just salt, baking soda, and a little bit of water.

1.

Remove the shelves and leave them to soak in hot soapy water.

2.

Mix together one cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of table salt, and add water to make a paste.

3.

Spread the paste on the glass door, the bottom of the oven, and walls if they're self-cleaning.

4.

Leave it to soak in overnight.

5.

Wipe the paste and dirt off with a damp sponge (you'll need to rinse it a few times).

6.

Dry the oven with a soft cloth.

Lemon juice is also great for removing greasy deposits, while diluted white vinegar is an eco-friendly alternative for cleaning glass surfaces.

Oven accessories

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Oven trays and shelves can attract a lot of dirt and grime, so you'll probably need to clean them regularly.

1.

Remove your oven shelves, trays, gas hob rings (if they come off), and put them into a basin of hot water.

2.

Add two cups of washing powder and leave to soak for an hour.

3.

Wash the accessories with washing up liquid and hot water.

4.

Dry with a dishcloth.

Hopefully that's everything you need to keep you kitchen clean. If you need some extra help, you can contact one of our experts at Team Knowhow here.

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