The dreaded oven is a task all of us would rather forget. But they’re more it’s forgotten and procrastinated on, the more of a monstrous task it becomes. Here at Gleem, we have tips in order to help you keep on top of maintaining a squeaky clean oven.
Start with the Hob
The hob can become a haven for dirt and bacteria from the unavoidable oil spatters and spilt food matter. In order to keep the hob clean, ensure to wipe it down after cooking, but allow the hob at least fifteen minutes to cool first.
For cleaning hobs, start by brushing off the larger, loose food pieces off of the hob, then wipe down using hot water mixed with washing up liquid. This mixture can lift most food and oil stains and leave a hob clean as new. If you find yourself coming across particularly tough stains, you may want to consider springing for specialized hob cleaner. Let the product settle into the stain first, but don’t allow it to dry completely, otherwise the cleaning product will also become tough to remove.
Then stain should then be loose enough to wipe away with a soft, damp cloth.
Deal With the Door
The oven door is likely the most forgotten part of an oven, but it still needs as much cleaning. However the door should be more simplistic and require less effort and time needed for cleaning.
For the outside of the door, wipe down with a damp cloth. If it has a glass panel on it, you may be able to use window cleaner to make the glass clear.
As for the inside of the oven door, baking soda is an inexpensive and safe way to cleanse the inside. Use about ¼ of a cup of water to baking soda to form a thick paste, then apply to the glass, making sure to not layer it on too thick. Leave it to set, then use a sponge to wipe away the paste. Your oven door will look good as new!
Tackling the Oven
Now for the trickiest and most dreaded compartment: the inside of the oven. Let’s talk it through, step-by-step to break down this nightmare task into smaller, manageable ones.
Empty the oven: Turn off the oven, and if you have recently cooked wait for it to cool completely. Then take out all baking trays and shelves out of the oven first. Fill up the sink with hot water and washing-up liquid, and leave them in to soak.
Scrape away and large, tough stains: It is entirely too easy for sauces and other liquids to spill over and onto the bottom of the oven. Use a butter knife to scrape away the larger sections to remove the stain without damaging the oven.
Make a baking soda mixture: Make a mixture the exact same as what was used for the oven door. Better yet, use any leftover you have, and apply it on the walls of the oven.
Wipe inside of oven: After leaving it in for overnight, wipe away the mixture with a damp cloth.
Vinegar spray: Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle then spray it inside. If foam appears don’t worry–it’s reacting with baking soda residue. Do a final wipe-down, then leave the oven to air out the odours before cooking with it.