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How to clean an oven – different ways to clean your cooker

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The best way to keep your oven clean is to practice
prevention. Line your oven with aluminium foil when cooking anything that
may spill. Wipe up any spills as soon as possible after they occur. If the
spills are allowed to dry they will become more difficult to clean. For
minor spots, simply use a damp cloth or sponge and any basic store-bought
cleaner made for kitchen appliances. 

Even if you are vigilant in keeping your oven clean
and protecting against spillage, at some point you will need to deep clean
your oven. 

How you deep clean your oven depends on the type of
oven you have. A continuous cleaning oven is the easiest type. Since it is
constantly cleaning itself, you will only need to give the inside of your
oven a wipe down with a damp sponge and a little dishwashing liquid. 

Self-cleaning ovens are the next easiest type of oven
to clean. Simply remove the oven racks, set your oven to the cleaning mode,
then wait a few hours. After the cleaning cycle is complete, you will need
to wipe up the residue inside the oven with a damp cloth or sponge. While
your self-cleaning oven is doing its job, take time to scrub down your oven
racks with a steel wool detergent pad. The exterior of your oven can be
cleaned with a sponge. Use basic window cleaner to clean and shine any glass
or chrome areas. 


If your oven is not a continuous
or self-cleaning model, you are in for a little more work. Make sure
you have rubber gloves (the longer, the better) to protect your skin
from harsh cleanser. You will need to purchase a cleaner specially
made for cleaning ovens. Be sure to ventilate the room well as these
types of cleaners give off potentially harmful fumes. 

How long you leave the cleaner on the
interior of your oven will depend on the directions on the can. Most
oven cleaners will need to be left on for several hours or
overnight, others explicitly state that it should not be left on for
longer than 2 hours. When removing the cleaner, be prepared for a
lot of scrubbing and rinsing. You will want to ensure that all the
oven cleaner is removed from the oven before use. 

Perhaps you don’t want to use harsh cleansers
on your oven. In this case, you will find that a simple mixture of
white vinegar and baking soda can do the job. Lightly moisten the
interior of your oven with water. Then, apply a thick layer of
baking soda. Allow the baking soda to sit for about three hours. 

lady leaning on oven 

After three hours, spray the entire oven
with white vinegar in a spray bottle. You will notice that when the vinegar
hits the baking soda, fizzing occurs. This fizzing action helps remove
stuck-on mess almost as easily as any commercial cleaner. Allow the vinegar
and baking soda to sit for a few more hours. Then, simply remove with a damp
sponge and some water. 

Finally, you can choose

domestic cleaning companies
or other professionals to come to your home
and clean your oven if you are not up to doing the job yourself. You can
expect to pay between £30 to £100 to have a professional oven cleaning
service deep clean your oven. This might be a good idea after the family
Christmas and Boxing Day cookathon.

However you decide to do it, by keeping
your oven clean you can ensure that it stays in proper working order for
years to come!