Some people wipe their oven down after almost every use and indulge in a full scale clean every few weeks; meanwhile, others buy their oven and never clean it again.
Where you do you sit on this scale?
Let us look at the optimum cleaning cycle for your oven, and why leaving it too long between each clean can be damaging both for the oven and your health.
In all honesty, there isn’t really any such thing as cleaning your oven too often – in fact, many cleaners will advise that you spend time wiping down the trays and the door of your oven after pretty much every use.
The optimum cleaning schedule sits anywhere between two and six weeks, depending on how often you use the oven and what kind of things are being cooked in it.
For example, a roast dinner with spitting pork and roast potatoes every week can leave your oven needing more attention, when compared with the odd pizza and traybake.
Why is it important to keep the oven clean?
The primary reason for keeping your electric or gas oven clean has to be the efficiency and use of the oven itself – as soon as grease and old food begins to crust and burn on the oven racks and oven door, the oven will struggle to reach the optimum high temperature, and its usability will begin to dip.
Old and crusted food can also leave a burnt taste and gone off flavour in the new food items you cook – and, if you really think about it, do you want last week’s roast dinner infusing into your Victoria sponge?!
Crusted food can also breed bacteria which ultimately becomes infused into your food and can cause more harm than good if you are not careful. Besides, it is simply unhygienic to leave old food lying around in any cooking or food preparation environment, and the smells it can push out into your home can become overpowering.
How can you keep your oven clean enough that it does not need a deep clean every few months?
By far the best way to keep your oven clean and hygienic is to spend a little time every couple of weeks cleaning it through with home cleaning products like baking soda and water, and lemon and a sponge, to keep on top of the cleaning regime rather than letting good collect and burn.
Any food spillages, splashes and spitting fat should be wiped away as soon as possible after use (waiting for the oven to cool down before you stick your hand in with a damp cloth and soapy water) and any food that starts to cook into the surface of the oven should be removed efficiently.
Of course, there are instances where regular cleaning may not be possible – or where you do not feel up to the job.
In these cases, we recommend calling in a professional oven cleaner who can deliver a free quote and get the job done effectively and efficiently while you prep the next meal ready to go in the oven.