Cleaning your oven can either be a relatively quick and easy job, or one that needs a bit more time and bit of elbow grease.
Regardless of how dirty it is, this guide takes you through each step to make it as easy as possible.
Note: We use a natural cleanser made from baking soda and vinegar to clean our oven. There are plenty of specialised cleansers available, but they can contain quite harsh chemicals. If you’re using a pre-mixed oven cleaner, just use it any time we mention our baking soda mixture.
It’s a good idea to clean your oven when grease or spills become noticeable at the bottom and sides of the cavity.
If you’re getting smoke or smells coming from it when pre-heating, it’s definitely overdue a clean.
There are a few things you’ll need before you get started:
For a normal size spray bottle, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 4 tablespoons of white vinegar. Empty the mixture into the spray bottle and top it up with water.
If you find you need more cleaning power, just add more vinegar and baking powder.
The first thing to do is soften any burnt-on food and grease with steam. It’s important to do this, as trying to scrape it off when hard can cause damage to oven liner.
Fill and boil your kettle.
Spray the walls and floor of the oven cavity with your cleaning solution.
Set your oven to the around 200C.
Place your empty baking tray on the middle shelf.
Put an old towel on the floor beneath the door. Carefully pour some freshly boiled water from into the baking tray and close the door.
Let it steam for around 15 minutes.
Turn it off but don’t open the door until it’s cooled down!
When the door is cool to the touch, open the door and start the steps below.
Now that the stubborn grease has been softened, it’s time to start getting it off. Spray the side you’re working on with a few squirts of your cleaner and wipe it down with a couple of layered-up paper towels. The big bits of grease should come away. Do this to all of the big patches until they’re all gone.
Spray the area again and scrub it with your cloth until all the mess has gone. If there’s a lot of grease left on the floor, you might need to give it a bit of elbow grease.
Even if it's taking a while to remove, don’t be tempted to use something abrasive like the rough side of a washing up sponge - this can damage the oven liner.
It’s a good idea to clean your shelves and trays whenever you cook something on them. Otherwise, grease and fat will build up and your oven can start to smoke when it gets hot.
The good news is the cleaning them isn’t too hard, even if you’ve not done it for a while.
Fill the sink with hot water and slightly more washing up liquid than you'd normally use.
Let the trays and shelves soak for half an hour (turn them after 15 minutes if half is sticking out of the water)
Use a sponge and washing up liquid to wipe the grease off. Some parts might be tough - just keep going and it’ll come off eventually.
Empty the sink and fill it with clean water. Wipe the shelves and trays down with a clean sponge and repeat until the water remains clean.
Let them dry before you put them back in the oven.
Hopefully your oven’s looking as good as new.
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