Kitchen & Bathroom

How To Clean Your Oven

As your most used kitchen appliance, it’s important that you know how to clean your oven properly and efficiently. 

Though it might be one of the most hated chores, our oven cleaning hacks will help to ensure that your next clean is effortless 

Below, discover tips and tricks on the best way to clean an oven, so you can keep yours looking as good as new. 

Let’s get started with what you’ll need… 

Materials 

Which is the best oven cleaner?   

From homemade to store-bought, there are several different options – all of which work great against grease and dirt.  

We stock a range of oven cleaners, though you can also make your own by simply mixing baking soda with water to create a paste.  

For those in-between deep cleans, you can also use fresh lemons (which will leave your kitchen and oven smelling like the Amalfi Coast!) and some warm water.  

 

How to clean the inside of an oven 

  1. Change into old clothes and put on your rubber gloves. 
  2. Switch off your oven at the mains and lay some sheets of newspaper on the floor to catch falling debris. 
  3. Use a dust pan and brush to remove any obvious bits of food.  
  4. Remove your oven racks and trays. 
  5. If you’re using a conventional oven cleaner, generously spray the inside of the oven and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how long you should leave the solution to work for. Then, use a scrubber to remove grease and grime.  

If you’re using the baking soda method, mix up ½ a cup of baking soda with a couple of tablespoons of water to create a spreadable paste. Coat the oven with the paste, getting into all the nooks and crannies and leave overnight. Use a damp cloth to remove the paste and scrub off any stubborn bits with a scouring ball or pad. Finish by spraying vinegar everywhere and giving your oven a final wipe down.  

For an oven clean using fresh lemons, fill a medium-sized oven-proof mixing bowl with water and cut two lemons in half before placing them in the bowl. Heat your oven to 250 degrees and place the bowl inside. As soon as the water starts to boil, turn off the oven and leave for one hour. Open the oven door and let it cool down. Wearing gloves and using a damp cloth, wipe down all the surfaces and scrape off resistant grime with a scouring tool.  

How to clean your oven racks  

  1. Line your bathtub with a couple of old bath towels to prevent the oven racks from scratching the tub. 
  2. Put your oven racks into the bath and fill it up with hot water, until the racks are covered. 
  3. Add ½ a cup of dishwasher detergent and allow the racks to soak for at least four hours, or overnight if you can. 
  4. Rinse the racks, scrub away stubborn grease and dry thoroughly. 

How to clean your oven door 

  1. Use a sponge or microfibre cleaning cloth to remove stains or remnants of food (avoid using harsh scrubbers, as these will scratch the glass). 
  2. Check your oven’s instruction manual to see how to remove the glass panel door. As above, soak it in the bath and clean in between the gaps where the glass fixes into.  
  3. Use a specific oven cleaner or warm, soapy water to wipe down the glass and outer control panels.  

How to keep your oven clean 

Now you know how to clean your oven, let us introduce you to some quick and easy oven cleaning hacks, to help you avoid having to do a deep-clean too often.   

  • Line the base of your oven with tin foil or an oven sheet before cooking, to prevent food from dripping and staining. 
  • Put a lid on dishes to prevent them from spitting inside the oven. 
  • Remove remnants of food immediately – the longer they’re left, the more stubborn they’ll get. 
  • Steam clean your oven after cooking by putting a heat resistant bowl full of water inside it for 20 minutes on a high temperature. This will help loosen grease, so you can easily wipe down the inside of your oven with a wet cloth. 
  • Roasting bags for meat, fish and even veg are also a great way to ensure that there are no spills or splatters during cooking.  

And that’s how to clean your oven! If you’re due an upgrade, take a look at our oven buying guide for some inspiration. For more helpful advice, discover our other articles on kitchen appliances here.  



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