6 top oven cleaning hacks
It seems that even the most enthusiastic home cleaners avoid cleaning the oven? Why is that? One possible explanation is the difficulty of this chore and the fact it often requires a specialised approach, which inexperienced people lack.
If you are one of them, you needn't worry that much. Despite what you may think right now looking at your grimy oven after another failed attempt to clean it, there are some very effective methods and solutions out there that work great. This guide is focused on that exactly. Take notes, as you will need them later:
- Always empty the interior - part of why oven cleaning is that bothersome is because it requires careful manoeuvring with gloved hands spreading this or that cleaning solution inside. To have an easier time, you should remove any inventory inside. There is a good chance that the racks and other items need cleaning too, and it is best to provide it when they are out.
- Tackle burnt on stains - if your latest cooking endeavour didn't turn out the way you wanted it to, you'd best address the mess before trying for another round. It will be quite hard to do so right away and probably create a bigger mess, so here is what you need to do. Take a cup and fill with Ammonia; leave it in the oven, without turning it on. The next morning the stain will be much easier to wipe.
- Clean gunk between the glass - the easiest way to clean that is to remove the door panel. However, you can actually approach this task without doing that. Simply pull out the oven drawer, wrap a cloth around a clotheshanger and get it through the slats.
- Spot cleaning - there are few effective solutions, which you can use in your stain removal effort. Dish soap, baking soda and water mix work fine, although just soda and water is generally enough. An alternative solution is lemon juice, vinegar and water.
- Slats behind the handle - if you have always had hard time cleaning that area of the oven, you only need the right tool. In this case - wrap a butter knife in a paper towel.
- Cooktops - the best way to clean a glass cooktop is to sprinkle some baking soda. Soak a towel in dish detergent and water and lay it over the soda. Let it sit and wipe clean for sparkling results.
All of these oven cleaning solutions work great. Try them out and your fear of this chore will be gone soon enough!