You may be thinking, “Do I really need to clean my oven?” The answer is a resounding, YES!
There are many reasons you should roll up your sleeves and scrub all that gunk of your oven. We will discuss many of them here. We will also go over and supplies and materials you will need to get the job done.
Let me remind you before we start though, that we here at Bee Maids would be more than happy to get down and dirty in your oven, so you don’t have to. Visit our website today. Just answer a few questions and get your free quote.
Now, down to business: if you’re going to do the job yourself, there are a few ways to go about cleaning your oven.
You could use:
- Self-cleaning oven function
- Store-bought oven cleaners
- Baking soda and vinegar
- Lemons and water
Some additional materials you might consider having on hand:
- Rubber Gloves
- Protective goggles (especially crucial if you are using store-bought, chemical-based cleaners)
- Old newspaper
- Damp cloth rags
- Scouring pumice or microfiber sponge
- Garbage bag
Now, let’s take a closer look at each cleaning option. Once we reach the end, you should be able to pick the one that is right for you.
Self-cleaning oven function
The self-cleaning tool on your oven locks the door and raises the temperature to around 550 degrees. The high heat burns the stuck on food to ashes which you can wipe off with a cloth or sponge when the oven cools down.
Only use this option if your oven is moderately dirty. Too much caked on food and grime can be dangerous as it can cause smoke or even start a fire. To use this option:
- First, take everything out of the oven. You will clean the oven racks separately.
- Press the self-clean button and wait until the cycle is complete
- When the oven has cooled down, wipe or scrub out the residual residue.
To clean your racks you will want to soak them in your sink and scrub off the loosened grime and replace in your oven when you are finished cleaning it. Take the racks outside, and lay them down on pre-prepared, spread out garbage bags. Spray them down with oven cleaner and allow to sit. Scrub and spray remaining cleanser off.
Store-bought oven cleaners
The chemicals in store-bought cleaners can be quite caustic, so before you begin, be sure to have your gloves and protective eye gear handy. To start with a store-bought oven cleaner:
- Remove the racks and any other items from your oven.
- Spread the old newspaper out on the floor underneath and around the oven to protect your floor from backsplash.
- Open the oven door and thoroughly saturate the interior with a generous amount of the cleanser. Be careful to avoid the heating element and the outtake valve for the gas.
- Close the door and allow the cleaner to sit for the amount of time suggested by the instructions on the cleanser you have used.
- While you wait, clean your racks either in your sink or outside on garbage bags.
- When the time is up, wipe out the excess cleanser with a damp cloth. Use your pumice or sponge on tough spots as needed.
- Replace your racks.
Baking soda and vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are a classic kitchen combinations cleaners have sworn by for generations. You will need extra time for this method, so don’t plan on using your oven for a day. To use this combination:
- Remove the racks and any other items from your oven.
- Spread the old newspaper out on the floor underneath and around the oven to protect your floor from backsplash
- In a small bowl, make a paste by mixing a ½ cup of baking soda with about two tablespoons of water. You may need to add more or less water to achieve a spreadable consistency.
- Put on your gloves and, using a brush or your fingers, spread the paste on every surface inside your oven. Avoid the heating element.
- Allow the paste to sit for at least 12 hours. The baking soda will turn brown or black; this is normal.
- While you wait, clean your racks.
- After 12 hours, put on your gloves and wipe the paste off the oven with a damp cloth or pumice.
- Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray down any patches of the paste that you are having difficulty removing. The vinegar will react to the baking soda, and you should be able to wipe the oven clean.
- Replace the racks.
Lemons and water
Another well-known trick is using lemons. To use lemon and water:
- Leave the racks in place, but remove any other items from your oven.
- In a medium-sized, heatproof bowl add two lemon halves and just enough water to cover them.
- Turn on your oven and set to 250 degrees.
- Once the oven reaches the specified temperature, place the bowl on the middle rack.
- Allow the mixture to sit for one hour.
- After the hour is up, turn off the oven and allow to cool slightly.
- Once the oven has cooled enough that it doesn’t burn to touch, put on your gloves, and wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth.
- Use a pumice or microfiber sponge if necessary.
- This option is best for ovens that are regularly cleaned and are only slightly dirty with minimal stuck on food and grime.
Now that you know a little bit about the cleaning options available to you, all that’s left is for you to pick one.
There are pros and cons to all the options. If sustainability is something you care about and caustic chemicals are undesirable to you, maybe your best bet would be the baking soda and vinegar. If you don’t have a lot of time and your oven is particularly dirty, store-bought cleansers might be your best option.
Whatever you choose, be sure to clean your oven often. Generally, the more you use your oven, the more often you should clean it. If you only use your oven a couple of times a month, you should be fine with a bi-yearly cleaning.
As previously stated, if all of this seems like too much of a hassle for you, head on over to Bee Maids for your free estimate. Let The Bee Maids do your dirty work for you!