Cleaning the oven is not a job you will feel excited about, but one you must sooner or later get down to. After many days of roasting, baking and cooking delicious meals in the oven, there is a high chance that it will become dirty and grimy.
Even though you might feel reluctant to get down to cleaning service, keep in mind that accumulated grease and charred food can easily turn into carbon, which will eventually spoil your cooking by emitting a strong burning smell. That is why it is imperative that you pay close attention to the state your oven is in and invest some time and effort in oven cleaning. Of course, you might want to acquire a self-cleaning oven. The following tips are for those of us not fortunate enough to have such wonder in their kitchen inventory.
- Clean a non-self-cleaning oven – the first thing you have to do before you proceed with oven cleaning is to remove the racks. You are going to need to clean those separately and also open enough space inside so that you can reach every corner without a problem. A common cleaning solution that many people believe to be the best is mixing baking soda (around 4 tablespoons) with 1 litre of water. Shake till the baking soda is dissolved and spray inside the oven interior. Pay close attention to the areas of the oven that are charred and particularly stained. Let the solution sit for an hour and try to loosen the charred spots. If the charred areas are still hard, you will have to wait some more; otherwise, just scrape off the spoils and wipe the interior with a clean cloth.
- Cleaning caked-on carbon – if the baking soda/water solution doesn’t work, you can try a similar solution, but increase the baking soda to water ratio. The goal is to have a paste-like compound rather than a liquid solution, as that will make for a really strong oven cleaning solution. Again, you must allow it some time to do its job after application. Follow the same procedure described above. Ammonia is another solution you might find handy against particularly stubborn spoils. Pour on the area, wait for some time and let it sit for 30 minutes before wiping with a sponge.
- Clean the oven racks often – the oven racks are the interior piece that comes into contact with food often. That is why it pays to have them cleaned every now and then. They can be easily cleaned in the sink and washed with warm water and dishwashing liquid.
- Care for the oven in-between cleaning sessions – nothing will spare your oven more than some preventive measures. For example, consider a baking sheet on the rack below the one you are cooking on to prevent any potential mess. Another good idea is to address spills immediately, not allowing them to set in.
Cleaning your oven doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With the tips described above you can turn this home cleaning chore into a trouble-free routine.