Cleaning an oven is a daunting task for many and people often wonder about “how to clean an oven quickly”. Cleaning your oven may seem like a chore that will take up a lot of time, elbow grease and a ton of chemical products – this doesn’t have to be the case, if you follow these easy steps to clean your oven. ‘Easy’ is probably not a word that you would usually associate with ‘oven cleaning’…until now.
So, let’s proceed with the easiest way to clean an oven. This method is most effective, especially if your oven hasn’t been cleaned for a while or some serious (oil spitting, grease-filled, fishy smelling) cooking fiascos have gone on in there.
The first thing to do for an easy oven clean is to take out the racks from the oven and clean off any large bits of residue that may be hanging off the metal. To clean oven racks, fill a large tray (that the racks will easily fit into) with boiling hot water and some washing up liquid and place the trays inside and soak them for no less than 30 minutes, so the dirt becomes soft and can be easily removed.
If you don’t have a tray that is large enough to clean oven racks, you can also place the racks in plastic bags/bin bags and spray some oven cleaning products inside and let them soak for as long as is stated on the product, but in most cases – the longer the better. Be sure to tie up the bags properly so that the product can loosen the grime effectively, and you don’t end up with chemicals and food residue everywhere.
Both options are easy ways to clean your oven racks.
After the oven racks have been soaked in either water and washing up liquid or oven cleaning products, get an old toothbrush (which works best for stubborn areas that are harder to clean) or a scouring pad and scrub off all the dirt.
Moving onto cleaning the oven’s interior. You can actually clean your oven with baking soda, just get a bowl and mix a few large spoonsful of baking soda and some water to make a thin paste. To clean your oven with baking soda and water, the ratio should be around 1:2 and how much you use will depend on the size of your oven. You can always make more of the paste if it is not enough to clean your oven.
The easiest way to clean an oven is by spreading the chemical-free paste in all areas (apart from the oven door, we will focus on that in steps 7 & 8) and corners of the oven with a sponge, for optimal effect. Once you have rubbed in the product thoroughly, inside the oven’s surface, leave it for 12 hours or more.
12 hours have passed and it’s time to continue the ‘easiest way to clean an oven’ method. When you open the door to your oven, you may notice that the paste has turned a brown colour – do not be alarmed – this is normal. Get some vinegar (preferably white vinegar) and carefully pour some in the oven so that it can react with the baking soda.
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After 2-3 minutes wipe away the baking soda and vinegar residue with a sponge and then dry off the oven with a cloth.
The best way to clean an oven door (on the inside) is to use the same mixture that you used to clean the interior of your oven. Make sure that the paste is thin and easily spreadable. Scrub the paste in circular motions, on the inside of the glass door, using a sponge and leave for 20-30 minutes. Then use a clean wash cloth to clean away the mixture.
The best way to clean an oven door on the outside is just as simple. Get a glass cleaning spray and spray the glass and wipe it with a dishcloth or kitchen roll and see how the oven door glass sparkles!
After following this easy way to clean an oven, you may want to put in some extra but simple effort and make your oven smell heavenly. To do this you will need a baking dish, to which you should add some water and a few drops of vanilla extract, place the dish in the oven and turn it on to 220°. Let it stay in there for 20-30 minutes.
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There you have it – a squeaky-clean oven. Now you know how to clean an oven quickly and with very little effort.
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