Cleaning your oven is an important part of keeping your kitchen safe and sanitary. Not only is an unclean oven a fire hazard, but letting your oven go too long between cleanings can make your food smell and taste bad.
The following are eight easy steps to help you keep your oven clean.
Step 1: Turn off and disconnect your oven.
You shouldn’t clean your oven when it’s on. It’s also important to make sure you disconnect your oven from its power source before you start cleaning. Whether you have a gas stove or an electric one, it’s important to disconnect the stove before you clean.
If you’ve recently used your oven, make sure it’s completely cool before you start to clean.
Step 2: Remove the oven shelves.
Pull out any removable shelving from the inside of your oven. If you have any other items stored in your oven, such as trays or cookie sheets, remove these from your oven.
Place all removed items in your kitchen sink. Each piece will need to be cleaned. Otherwise, your time spent cleaning the oven’s interior is wasted. It won’t help to clean the oven but leave the oven racks dirty!
Step 3: Wipe out the inside of the oven.
Dampen a microfiber washcloth and use it to wipe down the surfaces inside your oven. Don’t worry about getting everything perfectly clean. At this point, you’re just trying to remove loose food residue from the inside of your oven.
Step 4: Scrape off any stubborn debris.
Use a scraper (either metal or plastic) to scrape off any burnt-on food or debris. After scraping off any remaining debris, scrub the oven’s surfaces to get rid of any leftover food or charring. You should do your best to scrape off as much debris as possible to help your oven cleaning solution work effectively.
Step 5: Spray the inside of the oven with an oven cleaning solution.
Use the appropriate oven cleaning solution (recommended by your oven’s manufacturer) on the interior of your oven. Cover all of your oven’s interior surfaces (except the heating elements), including the inside of your oven door.
Use a sponge to spread the cleaner to hard-to-reach corners. Make sure you don’t put the solution on the oven’s heating elements, since doing so may damage your oven. Once the solution is applied, let it soak for thirty minutes.
Step 6: Scrub your oven (again).
Now that the cleaning solution has done its magic, you’re ready to remove any remaining residue. Use a wire sponge or bristle brush to gently scrub your oven’s interior surfaces. If you’re having trouble reaching the corners, an old toothbrush can do the trick.
Step 7: Wipe down the inside of your oven.
Once you’ve scrubbed your oven, use a damp sponge or washcloth and wipe down the oven surfaces. Rinse your sponge or washcloth regularly to help remove any dirt. As you clean, make sure you’re removing all the cleaning solution residue.
Step 8: Wash oven shelves.
Now that your oven’s interior is clean, you’re ready to turn to the shelves. Wash them with dish detergent and water, taking special care to remove any burnt-on debris. Once they’re clean and dry, put them back into the oven. Your oven is now clean!