A step by step guide to cleaning your oven

cleaning your oven

It seems like everyone agrees that a kitchen needs to be clean at all times – that’s where your food is being prepared, right? But it seems like when it comes to deep cleaning an oven everyone looks the other way. I hate to be the party pooper but actually, your oven is probably dirtier than your toilet and you absolutely need to clean it and pay attention to it often. I know, it’s no fun but cleaning your oven is actually necessary. You will be surprised to learn about the benefits of a clean oven and the negative things that a simple dirty oven can do to your health.

If you dread the idea of cleaning your oven so much you can always reach out to Monster Cleaning and let them take care of everything. They have cleaned thousands of ovens, each in different condition. They have seen the worst and have still managed to do wonders. It is true that a cleaning company can make your kitchen appliances look like they are brand new.

If you have still decided you are determined to try the DIY way – be my guest! I will help you achieve amazing results by yourself.

Before I continue I want to tell you a couple of things about ovens.

What are the benefits of a clean oven that I talked about in the beginning?

Let’s talk about some of the most important ones:

Better taste in the cooked food

A dirty oven will change the taste of your prepared food. Why? Imagine all of the grease, bad odour, leftover food, etc. that are in there. Now imagine how it heats up and mixes with the aroma of the meal that you are cooking now. Sounds awful, am I right? To some this is enough to convince them of the importance of a clean oven.

No health risks

Let’s forget for a moment all of the built-up oil, grease, and leftover food that’s in a dirty oven. Let’s focus on something even worse. All of the bacteria and germs that are in there – that can actually be a risk for your health. They are transferred to the food and then you consume them. Some bacteria, as you probably know, can cause food poisoning which definitely isn’t fun and no one wants to experience it – especially because of their oven.

Better performance

Your oven will thank you if you clean it. When dirty, it will have a hard time maintaining the temperature you have set it on because of all of the built-up on the inside. This will even result in you paying higher bills since a lot more power will be used.

Cleaning your oven – how often should you do it?

It depends. If you have decided to let a cleaning company maintain your oven  – the recommended is every 6 months. If you are doing the cleaning yourself – you need to check for some special signs. Look for bad odour coming from the inside, is there residue on the bottom, leftover food, grease. If these things appear – it’s time for a clean.

Yes, it all basically depends on how often you use it. If you cook every day – you will need to clean it more often.

Safety First

Before you actually start cleaning I want to emphasize on a couple of things you should be careful about. To some they might seem funny and obvious but I still want to speak them into existence.

  • Always make sure your oven is turned off before you start.
  • If your oven is with gas – make sure it’s turned off as well.
  • If you cooked before you start cleaning – make sure the heaters are cooled off completely.

The first way to clean it

What do you need?

  1. Baking soda
  2. Vinegar
  3. Water
  4. A spray bottle
  5. Gloves

This method is amazing if your oven is very dirty. The first thing you would want to do is remove racks, pizza stone, etc. (basically everything you can).

Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of water – you should be left with a spreadable paste. Put on the gloves and spread the paste around the inside of the oven.

Disclaimer  – if your oven is electric do not cover the heating elements and if your oven is with gas don’t cover the place where the gas comes from.

Once you are done with spreading the paste make sure you close the oven and let it sit there overnight.

Now, let’s get back to all the removable parts. Place them in your sink, sprinkle them with baking soda and add vinegar. Don’t worry about the foaming – this is supposed to happen. Once the foaming stops plug the sink and cover the tacks with hot water completely. Leave them overnight as well.

On the next day wipe the inside of your oven with a damp cloth. Sometimes it’s possible to be some areas that you are struggling to remove. For those cases, put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the areas. Now try wiping with your damp cloth again.

Now it’s time for the racks. Take them out of the water and scrub gently with a towel/ cloth (don’t stop until the grease is removed).

The second way to clean it

What do you need?

  1. Lemons
  2. Water
  3. Oven-proof bowl (a bigger one)
  4. Gloves
  5. Cloths

This cleaning method is great if your oven is mildly dirty/ the racks don’t need to be cleaned.

Grab the oven-proof bowl, fill it with water. Cut two lemons in half and put them in the bowl. Now go heat your oven to 250 degrees and place the bowl inside.

Leave the mixture ‘’cook’’ for an hour. Then open the door and let it cool. When it’s still warm you would want to put on your gloves, damp your cloth and wipe everything on the inside.

Cleaning your oven can be hard work but necessary. You can either choose to do it yourself using one of the above methods. Or if you’re totally allergic to the idea, get someone else to do it. Is your oven due a clean? And if so will you clean it yourself or book in a cleaning company to do it? Do leave a comment and share. And if you enjoyed this post why not check out these 14 clever cleaning hacks that will change the way you clean.

*This is a collaborative post

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