Oven cleaning is just one of those dreaded chores that most Aussies put off to the very end. The truth is, the floor under your refrigerator stands a better chance of being pulled out and cleaned than your oven does.
If you’re someone who loves any opportunity to cook and eat, or can’t afford to eat out every single night, there’s a good chance you will be regularly using your oven.
Using your oven on a regular basis will eventually lead to a dirty oven that often is neglected. Most modern oven appliances today come with a self-cleaning feature; however, most Aussies would agree that they work good to some degree, but they can’t match the results of cleaning them by hand.
With professional oven cleaning services costing between $50 and $150, the DIY method is to get some oven cleaner and do it yourself.
If you’re ready for some oven cleaning tips, then you will need to get your hands on a spray can of oven cleaner, roll your sleeves up, put some rubber gloves on, wear a dust mask, and break out the elbow grease. Replacing an oven is not cheap; therefore, routine cleaning can make the difference between longer service life and a shorter one.
Remember, this is an all-out chemical DIY project, your oven will show you no mercy, so make sure you (and your arm) are prepared. Below is a list of supplies that you’ll need to wipe your adversary clean and win the battle.
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What supplies do you need to clean an oven?
- Oven cleaning products (Easy-Off, Mr Muscle or Oven Brite)
- One pair of rubber or latex gloves
- Dust mask to protect yourself from the fumes
- Plastic scraper
- Hard bristled scrub brush
- Trash bag
How to clean your oven:
- Remove the oven racks and place them in the sink.
- Use your plastic scraper and remove as much debris as possible.
- Spray the inside of your oven and racks in the sink with oven spray.
- Let the foam sit for at least two hours or overnight for the best results.
- To clean your racks, use a hard-bristled scrub brush, then rinse with water.
- To clean your oven, use your rags to keep wiping out the gunk, and place it in a trash bag.
- Keep wiping with clean rags until your oven is spotless.
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius for 20 to 30 minutes to burn off any leftover chemicals.
- Replace your oven racks during the burn-off or run them through the dishwasher before use.
- Celebrate your victory by using a clean oven to cook your favourite dish.
Natural oven cleaning hacks
If you don’t like the idea of being subjected to the front lines of chemical warfare, there are some much safer oven cleaning hacks you can use that are all-natural, safe, and effective. Simply use the homemade hacks listed below to clean your oven by using the same directions as mentioned above; however, you can save your respirator for another battle.
Natural hack #1
1 cup of white vinegar
1 tbsp of corn starch
1. Mix the corn starch and vinegar together and heat until thickened.
2. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
3. Apply to oven and wait 20 minutes before you wipe it clean.
Natural hack #2
1 cup of lemon juice
1 tbsp of corn starch
1 tsp of dish soap
1. Stir the corn starch and lemon juice together and heat until thickened.
2. Remove from heat, let it cool off and add the dish soap.
3. Apply to the oven and wait for 20 to 25 minutes before wiping clean.
Natural hack #3
1/4 of baking soda
1/4 cup of white vinegar
1. Sprinkle the baking soda over areas to be cleaned
2. Put the white vinegar into a spray bottle
3. Spray the baking soda until it becomes wet and bubbly
Natural hack #4
3 tbsp of baking soda
1 tbsp of white vinegar
1 tbsp of dish soap
1. Mix all three ingredients into a small bowl
2. Apply to the oven
3. Wait 20 minutes before wiping clean
Natural hack #5
3 tbsp of baking soda
1 1/2 tbsp of water
1. Stir the baking soda and water together in a small bowl
2. Apply to oven and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping clean
The dangers of not cleaning your oven
Keeping your oven regularly clean not only results in longer service life, but it also reduces the risk of safety concerns that are associated with dirty ovens. Dirty ovens increase the risk of fire, smoke inhalation, altered flavours, and undercooked foods in baked goods.
Additionally, it can decrease the efficiency of the appliance and make cleaning that much harder the longer you put it off.