How to Properly Clean the Oven
Before you begin baking that next batch of cookies, consider how long it’s been since you properly cleaned your oven. If it’s been several months, or if you can’t remember, use one of these methods to get it sparkling clean.
Depending on the level of mess and your own personal preference, there are three effective methods for oven cleaning.
Natural Method #1.
Remove everything from the oven, racks included.
Put newspapers or another type of paper barrier underneath and around the oven.
Mix baking soda and water until you have a paste-like substance.
Using gloves, spread the paste around the interior of the oven, making sure to cover all of the space.
If your oven is electric, avoid placing the substance near the heating elements. Avoid the area where the gas comes through, if you have a gas oven.
Allow the paste to sit overnight.
After you’ve allowed the mixture to do its magic, put on some gloves, take a slightly damp cloth and begin scrubbing.
“Rinse” by using a clean, dampened cloth to wipe the oven clean.
Let the racks soak in warm water; them use the paste mixture and an abrasive sponge to scrub them.
Dry racks, place them back into the oven and then get some cookies going.
Natural Method #2.
Cut two lemons in half and squeeze the juice into an oven-proof bowl filled with water.
Heat the oven to 250 degrees.
Leave the lemony mixture “cooking” for an hour. Once it’s been an hour, turn off the oven, and open the door to allow it to cool.
When the temperature is manageably warm, but not hot, use a clean, damp cloth to scrub the oven’s interior.
Remove the racks, then use a sponge and the lemon solution to scrub them clean.
Return the racks after drying, and the task is complete.
Traditional Oven Cleaner.
If you’ve tried a natural method, or have some serious buildup, this is probably your best bet.
Again, remove all items (including racks) from the oven.
Use newspaper or another disposable shield to surround the oven and lay underneath.
For this method, you’ll want to use gloves, a mask, and –possibly- safety goggles. Apply the cleaner by spraying inside, remembering to cover all of the interior.
Close the oven and follow the product’s instructions regarding how long to leave the cleaner working.
Take the oven racks outside, spray them, and place inside a large garbage bag. Allow them to sit for the same amount of time time.
Use a damp cloth to scrub and wipe down the interior of the oven. Make sure to diligently wipe and not leave any lingering product.
Remove racks from the bag, scrub with a sponge, and rinse with hot water. After they’ve dried, return them to the oven.
With an extra clean oven, you’ll be ready to bake your heart out. If you’re lacking the energy to get it done, call The Dream Cleaning Team!