Oven cleaning can be one of the most dreaded chores in the summer months. A dirty oven just makes your kitchen smell like a pig’s nest and it just doesn’t smell good during those summer months. Deep cleaning an oven isn’t one of those chores that you can put off till spring. This article will show you how easy it is to deep clean an oven and save yourself some time this summer! These simple tips to save money on your house cleaning bill will show you how easy it is to deep clean your oven, plus numerous easy oven cleaning hacks.
One of the easiest oven cleaning hacks around is removing the cooking pot from the oven before cleaning the oven. What I typically do is unplug the motor and unscrew the oven mitts and move the pot outside of the oven. Once the pot is outside, I then grab a plastic shopping bag and go over the entire pot and inside of it (including the handle). I usually end up with at least a half cup of water left in there so I can wick away the moisture. It’s a very easy thing to do and it really cuts down on your time spent cleaning!
Other oven cleaning hacks include homemade oven cleaner solutions. I usually either pour some cleaner on a sponge (not too messy) and use that as a scrubber to get stains out of the walls. I’ve even done spot cleaning with some of my “homemade” cleaners. Some have worked well for me but don’t get too excited if they don’t. I’ve had some “hacks” that I didn’t care for – like putting a mixture of bleach and dish soap on the stained areas – so keep these tips in mind when using homemade solutions: Always test an inconspicuous area first before doing the entire room.
If you have baking soda and vinegar, a great hack for getting grime off the oven might be to put a layer of them on the oven racks and let them sit for a while before wiping them away with a cloth. They will get dark and smell musty, so you might enjoy getting a light spray on them first to make sure they are completely gone. The chemicals in baking soda and vinegar are hard on the metal, so you might enjoy soaking the racks in a solution of dish soap and water.
Here are a few tips on how to clean a dirty oven. You’ve probably heard the old saying, “It’s better to have it dry cleaned than to have it polished.” This is absolutely true. The best way to clean an oven is to leave it alone, turn it on its side, and just dab away. Here are a few other tips on how to do that:
– Place a dish soap or liquid dish soap in a spray bottle with a couple drops of white vinegar. – Place a paper towel on the glass surface of your oven, but not directly on the glass itself. – Use your spray bottle’s tip to spray a very light coating of white vinegar on the glass surface. – Allow the white vinegar to sit for about ten minutes, then wipe it all away. – Do this every day, and your glass will stay sparkling clean, just like new.
– Another great hack to keep your oven looking new is to mix together equal parts of white vinegar and baking soda. This mixture can be applied to any nooks and crannies where grease collects, like around exhaust vents, door burners, and under the stove. After you’ve wiped away all the cooking grease with your dish soap or liquid dish soap, gently scrub the areas with a toothbrush or sponge. The white vinegar and baking soda combination leave your countertop clean and sparkling.
A final hack for keeping your oven clean is to place a non-stick cooking spray or liquid on the bottom of your oven. When the countertop is nice and shiny, you can wipe it down with a sponge mop. This spray or liquid acts as a magnet for food debris and keeps it off the countertop. For an easier, uniform application, try using a spray bottle instead of a sponge. Simply spray the cleaner on, wipe down, and spray again. You won’t get as deep into the crevices as with a sponge, and less food residue will accumulate on the countertop.