How To Clean a Baking Oven

How To Clean a Baking Oven

The baking oven is one of the kitchen appliances that are at risk of accumulating grease and grime over time. The dirtier the oven is, the less efficient it is at roasting and the worse taste the food gets. To ensure the device operates at its peak, you have to deep clean it once in 3 months and even more often if the grime buildup is too serious to wait. Here are some tips for cleaning the baking oven efficiently.

Interior cleaning

1. Store-bought products

A go-to option for many homeowners in fighting oven grease is store-bought oven cleaners. First of all, remove all big pieces of food and other loose particles that are not stuck to the oven surface. Then, start gently spreading the cleaner inside the oven, making sure that all heavy buildups of oil, dry food, and burned food aren’t left without treatment. Let the cleaner sit for 30 minutes so that it can break down the grime. Then wipe it away using a soft damp cloth, avoiding scratching the oven surfaces. Keep in mind that store-bought chemicals are pretty sharp and concentrated so you are good to wear gloves while using them. For a safer use, follow the product instructions.

2. Homemade cleaners

For those that ask how to clean a baking oven, yet want to avoid store-bought chemicals, a homemade cleaner is their perfect fit. There are many combinations out there, yet this one will definitely bring the expected results. Mix equal parts of baking soda and water until you get a pasta that’s easy to spread. Apply the pasta inside the oven by gently scrubbing to enable the soda abrasive potential to loosen the tough grime while not damaging the oven. The baking soda may need as much as 20 minutes to take its effect.

If the stain is stubborn enough to resist the baking soda’s power, pour some vinegar onto the soda and let it bubble. The fizzy reaction between the two ingredients will additionally contribute to the removal of tough grime. Once the homemade cleaner has done its job, use a non-abrasive cloth to wipe the pasta and dirt away.

3. Knob cleaning

Knob cleaning is just as risky as cleaning the inside of the oven. The water and liquid cleaner may get behind the knob causing a short circuit that may need costly repairs to bring the oven back to life. That’s why, when it comes to control panel cleaning, you have to err on the side of caution and prevent the abusive use of water and cleaner to remove the dirt as fast as possible. Make patience your best friend and rub the knobs and switches with a microfiber cloth dipped slightly in soapy water or oven cleaner.