There are only so many ways that you can use your oven, but it doesn’t always go as planned. Imagine making the most beautiful Victoria sponge cake, and the cake is rising perfectly. However, once you bring it out of the oven, it smells and tastes faintly of garlic and chili from the fantastic meal that you made – one week ago!
A dirty oven is one that can ruin a perfectly good cake, and a ruined cake is a travesty. With that in mind, it would be better all-around if you learn how to clean an oven so that your cakes come out beautifully and taste it, too. Your oven is always going to be one of the most used appliances in your home, so keeping it clean is essential to keep it lasting as long as possible. This means that you need some tips on how to really engage some elbow grease and get your oven as clean as possible. Ready?
Let’s talk about how to clean your oven like a pro.
What You Need
Firstly, a shopping list of things that you need for your oven to sparkle!
- Rubber gloves
- Plastic spatula
- Spray bottle
- Dish soap
- Sponge with an abrasive side
- Baking soda
- Warm water
- White vinegar
Most ovens have a “self-cleaning” feature, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t go over it yourself.
What To Do
- Take out all of your oven racks and any thermometers and glass from the front of the oven. You want the whole thing to be empty.
- Fill the sink with hot water and dish soap and let the oven racks soak for a few minutes before getting to work.
- Pop on your rubber gloves and get your plastic spatula to work scraping any burnt food or grime off the racks.
- Next, use the abrasive side of your sponge and wash down the racks to remove any particles left stuck. Place the oven racks on your drainer.
- Use a natural cleaning solution by mixing up half a cup of baking soda with four tablespoons of water in a bowl. It will look like toothpaste in thickness for the perfect cleaning paste.
- Spread the paste over any dirty/sticky areas and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe through the oven and any baking soda paste. The spatula can come in handy again here.
- Add the white vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz throughout. This helps to remove leftover stubborn cleaning paste.
- Wipe down the oven once more with a clean, damp cloth and reinsert all the attachments.
This method will depend on how dirty your oven is as to how much cleaning paste and soaking the oven racks you need to do. Ideally, you should do this method once or twice a month to keep your oven extra clean. Now you know how to do it, you can clean your oven like a pro!