A part of a good routine includes cleaning and being that many of us cook at home multiple times per week, your kitchen needs to remain a priority, including your oven. There is really nothing worse than opening your oven door and seeing old, baked-on spills and dirty oven walls. Nip this annoying task in the bud and make your cooking process cleaner and more enjoyable by giving your oven a good cleaning. Here are some tips to make it easy!
No matter which type of oven you own, you can bet it will benefit from a thorough washing of its racks. Using rubber gloves to protect your hands, remove the racks and soak them in hot, soapy water. Adding a handful of dishwasher powder to the soaking water helps loosen all the burned-on bits. Not sure where to do all this cleaning? A great place to do this is in your bathtub but be sure to line it first with towels to prevent scratching of the tub surface.
If your oven is a self-cleaning oven, follow the directions established by the appliance’s manufacturer for cleaning your oven. Generally, you will need to set your oven to the clean cycle, which locks the door. The cleaning cycle usually takes several hours. Then, when the oven has cooled again, use a sponge or washcloth to wipe up the remaining residue. Remember, never use oven cleaner on a self-cleaning oven!
A simple trick to get spills and stains to come up easily is to place 1/2 cup of ammonia into a small glass bowl. Place the bowl in a cool oven, close the oven door, and leave the bowl in the oven overnight to loosen baked-on spills. Alternatively, you can use oven cleaner, following the directions on the bottle. Then use a sponge or washcloth and a solution of 1/2 cup vinegar to 1/2 cup hot water. Rub away any spills or greasy stains. Dry with a soft cloth.
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