It is not practical to clean your oven after every meal, meaning it can collect a bit of grease stains and food remnants. A quick way of doing it involves using warm water and cleaning fluid.

Still, grime is challenging to get rid of; that’s why you need to learn how to clean oven racks and pans effectively using baking soda, lemons, ammonia, or professional oven cleaner fluid or gels. Read on to find out how you can go about cleaning your oven.

How often do you need to clean your oven?

Before you dive into the actual cleaning, you might be wondering how often you need to clean the oven. First off, it is good practice to do some spot cleaning frequently as it will make the thorough cleaning less extensive when you finally get to it.

As Paul Bristow, the former Executive Director of Product Management – Built-in Cooking at GE Appliances notes, you should conduct thorough oven cleaning every three to six months.

How to clean an oven quickly

  1. Take out all the racks, pans, and foils.
  2. Use a damp cloth to wipe out the insides of the oven.
  3. Use warm water and dishwashing liquid to clean the insides of the oven and the racks.

How to clean the worst oven

Some of the times, conventional oven cleaning just won’t cut it. That’s because you might have used your grill, oven or barbeque for a quite a bit without cleaning, and it now has cooked-on remnants or baked-on grease. For that, you will need something more robust to clean the worst oven grime.

The problem is you can’t use normal cleaning fluids as they contain harsh chemicals that might damage the delicate finishes typically found in ovens. With that in mind, here’s what you should do:

  1. Firstly, you can squeeze the juice out of two lemons into a baking dish and fill it up to about a third with water. Bake for 30 minutes to loosen the grease and scrub the insides using a scouring pad dipped into the lemon water.
  2. Other than that, after wiping out the loose particles using a moist cloth, you can apply a paste of baking soda, and let it stand overnight. Be careful not to apply the paste over the heating elements.
  3. Spray some vinegar over the baking soda and let it bubble as they mix.
  4. After that’s done, scrub it off and wipe it some more with vinegar using a soft cloth. You can do the same for the glass door, minus the scrubbing.
  5. Alternatively, you can stand a bowl of ammonia in the oven overnight, taking precaution to ensure the room is well ventilated.
  6. Finally, soak the racks, foil, and pans overnight in a mix of hot water and laundry detergent or dishwashing liquid.

Professional oven cleaner

That’s all good, but what are you to do if despite your best efforts, you are unable to get your oven to squeaky-clean status? Baked-on grease and cooked-on stuff is, after all, tough to get rid of. Hardly surprising because, according to a Statista survey, more people did not use appliance cleaners at least once a month, so you’re bound to have a few hard to clean appliances.

At that point, you need to call in the professionals, that is, a professional oven cleaner fluid. That’s because they contain formulations for removing stubborn baked-on grease and food in no time. What’s more, they may have gels developed for prolonged soaking that will not dry out even on vertical surfaces to ensure you can easily take care of the difficult stains on the oven walls.

Thank you to HG for partnering with Sorry About The Mess


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