Oven Cleaning: 101
A lot of ovens have a self-cleaning feature. You’ll want to consult your oven’s owner’s manual before using this feature to know if you need to take the racks out. There may be other important information to know in the manual before using the self-cleaning feature as well.
A sure way to know your oven is cleaned properly is to just do it yourself.
Your first step is going to be to remove the oven racks and anything else you might have inside the oven. Vacuum, sweep, or wipe out any loose debris that is on the floor of your oven.
Place the racks in your tub or a large sink to soak. Add to the tub warm water and dish soap or a crumbled dishwasher tab. Leave it to soak for at least 4 hours, overnight if possible. In the morning they should wipe clean with a sponge or cloth.
Oven Cleaning Tools
There are some tools you are going to want to have on hand when you clean your oven. These will be rubber gloves, a scrub brush, a paint scraper, and a paintbrush that’s only used for oven cleaning. You will also need a cloth, a broom, a spray bottle, a small bowl, baking soda, water, and white vinegar.
There are some oven cleaning products specifically designed to clean the tough residue in your oven, but the baking soda and vinegar method is the old faithful, non-toxic method.
If you do use a premade oven cleaner, ensure that you have the proper ventilation. Manufactured cleaners can often produce toxic chemical fumes that you won’t want in your home.
First, Baking Soda
In your small bowl, make a paste out of 1/2 cup of baking soda and 3-5 tbsp of water, enough water to make a spreadable paste.
Once that is mixed completely, take your paintbrush and coat the entire inside of your oven. Let that sit for 4 to 12 hours.
Wipe the paste off as well as you can with a damp cloth. You may need to use your scrub brush and your paint scraper to get all the grime off your oven floor and wall. Be careful not to scratch the surface of the walls and floor.
Then, take your spray bottle and add equal parts of vinegar and water. Spray the entire inside of the oven and wipe clean. The chemical reaction should take off anything left inside your oven.
For your oven door, you can keep the same steps as above, making sure you use the paint scraper to carefully scrape the burnt grime and debris off the window.
Keep in mind that it is possible for the residue to get in between the double glass windows. To clean that you’ll have to be very ambitious and take apart the door.
Other Parts Of The Oven
Take the oven knobs off, soak and clean them in your sink with a brush, hot water, and dish soap.
Clean your oven drawer the same way as above with the baking soda and vinegar. You may be able to take the oven drawer out completely to clean it easier.
There are many other methods you can use to keep your kitchen appliances clean. Another few that we love are steaming lemons inside your oven, or the old faithful dish detergent.
Steaming lemons in your oven can help to loosen stuck-on foods. Unfortunately, this will also create a lot of smoke, so make sure you open windows and have a fan on before doing this.
Dish detergent is designed to bust through tough grease and grime. You can use dish detergent for all of your kitchen hygiene needs. Rinsing the detergent off can pose a small issue, using a damp cloth can make it easier. Ensure that all of the dish soap is wiped off before using your oven to cook.
How Often Should You Clean Your Oven
You should try to clean your oven every three to six months, more if you use it often. A build-up of residue can change the flavor of your food and also leave unpleasant smells.
Make sure your oven is fume-free before you bake anything in it. If you use a homemade natural oven cleaner you should be able to cook immediately after. But, if you use a premade professional oven cleaner, preheat your oven to 300 for 15-30 minutes to make sure no chemical residue is left.
End Of Tenancy Cleaning
When you are moving out of your apartment, it is important that you follow some sort of cleaning checklist. To get your security deposit back, the apartment needs to be as clean as it was when you moved in – or better.
Check our End of Tenancy cleaning Guide here
One of the major misses in end-of-tenancy cleaning is the oven. Some people think wiping down the outside of the oven is sufficient, but that is not the case.
We do offer end-of-tenancy cleaning services. We can make your apartment, and oven, look brand new and pristine for its next tenants.
Let Us Do The Work For You
No matter your oven cleaning technique, it can be a big job. Checking off everything from your end-or-tenancy cleaning list can seem like a daunting task. It will ease your mind to turn to a professional.
Contact us for a free quote, we would be happy to take care of all of your end-of-tenancy cleaning needs.