Keep your oven clean

Cleaning your oven isn’t something that you look forward to doing, but it is important to keep it clean for both your health and the efficiency of your oven. This task doesn’t have to take long or be difficult with a few simple solutions.

The most obvious way to clean your oven is to use oven cleaner as these are designed specifically for this purpose. When using a spray cleaner, be sure to remove the oven racks and spray the cleaner on the inside of a cool oven. It’s best to follow the directions on the bottle, but typically you’ll need to let the cleaner sit for several hours to really do its magic. Some cleaners are best to spray before bed and let sit overnight.

Once the cleaner has been worked in, scrub the oven down and rinse it with a wet cloth. You may want to use gloves as oven cleaner is often harsh on the skin and depending on how dirty your own is, you may also want to protect yourself against the grime that will come off of the oven.

If you’re more inclined to use home remedies to clean your oven, baking soda is often an efficient solution – it’s safe and inexpensive. Simply combine three tablespoons of baking soda with one quart of water and pour it into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle and spray the solution in the oven. Heat the oven for 30 minutes to an hour, let it cool slightly to touch, then wipe off the baking soda solution.

Oven racks needs to be cleaned separately from the oven, so be sure to remove them before spraying on whatever solution you’re using. Put the racks in a sink full of soapy water and soak the racks for 20 to 30 minutes. Regular dish soap will do. Dry the racks thoroughly before placing them back in the oven.

Of course, keeping the oven clean in the first place will reduce how much elbow grease you have to put into this task. Therefore, maintain the oven throughout the year and your spring cleaning will be less difficult. If you plan to bake something that may overflow, place the dish on a baking sheet to catch the potential overflow. When something does end up spilling on the oven, clean it up when the oven has cooled instead of letting it bake on further. You may also want to clean the oven on a monthly basis so the task is less daunting.

Your oven work better and last longer if you make a habit of cleaning it on a regular basis.

For more tips that can help prevent wear & tear on your appliances, visit www.scratchanddent.ca or stop by the store at 407 Gage Avenue, Unit #4 in Kitchener. A friendly staff member would be happy to help you or take your questions at 519-743-3623.