It is an arduous task that most of us put off for as long as possible until we really cannot ignore it any longer. We are often asked How to Clean an Oven?
Despite the fact that everything that goes into and comes out of our oven is something we are generally happy to eat, the mess that gets left behind is far from appetising – and over time can actually start to impact the meals you do cook by infusing extra grease and left behind flavours and aromas from meals gone by into your daily dishes.
Are you suitably unsettled? Considering putting down your device and getting your own rubber gloves on to give the oven a scrub? Well, give it a few more minutes – we might just share a few tips you did not know about before!
The first step of cleaning the oven
Prepping your dirty oven for its deep clean is the first and most important step for getting started. The first step is removing your baking trays – after all, you need to be able to access every corner of your oven and take out each of the trays and shelves for a thorough clean.
Selecting the right cleaning products
The easiest way to clean an oven is not with harsh chemicals and pungent sprays – it is in fact with a damp cloth, soapy water, and a few natural additions like soda crystals and oven cleaner.
Consider for a moment the dishes that you clean after every meal. Do they become subject to a ton of chemicals, or do you tend to wash them off with warm water and soap?
You should treat your oven in the same way – through a little added elbow grease scrubbing may well be necessary to hit those well-crusted food stains and grease spots!
Your oven cleaning kit should consist of the following:
- Warm water – and lots of it!
- Bunched up foil or stainless-steel ball
- A wipe-clean cloth
- Dish soap
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Baking soda and vinegar
- Baking soda and water
- Soda crystals
- An oven cleaner like Oven Pride for any stubborn spots
- Martor Premium Glass Scraper
- The Pink stuff
- Spray bottle
- Paper towels
- Lots of patience – oven cleaning is a long process! Approx. 3 hoursThe Clean
The first thing you need to do is remove all your oven racks and place them a sink full of hot water and a few sprinkles of soda crystals.
After about an hour you should find that food residue and staining is starting to lift and wipe away from the shelves – in the case of more stubborn stains, take your bunched up foil or stainless steel ball and scrub away at the shelves until all food is removed.
An alternative for those who don’t want to use soda crystals is to leave your shelves for a longer period but soak them in hot water and dish cleaner or a strong soap – this will do the same job but likely not as quickly.
You then need to leave your shelves to completely dry – all while keeping your room ventilated.
Next step is the oven door – something that often gets overlooked but which can be a real eyesore if you don’t spend adequate time removing all the greasy stains that ruin the overall look of your oven.
For this, you will need your Premium Glass Scraper to blade away at food splashes, and then your oven cleaner which should be sprayed onto the door left to settle, and then wiped away with a cloth.
Applying a small amount of The Pink Stuff on a damp microfibre cloth will help to clear any grease marks left on the glass.
Now let us tackle the inside of your oven.
It helps to warm the oven to 50 degrees before your clean, this warms up the grease and makes it easier to blade off using the Martor blade. Once you have scraped all the base on your oven it is now time to remove all that grease using a dustpan and brush. Turn off the heat and leave to cool.
The next stage is to use a kitchen degreaser in a spray bottle to apply the solution into the oven. Be very careful not to over-wet the heating elements or the interior light bulb.
Leave the solution to work into the grease for 30 minutes. it is now time to start wiping the dissolved grease away from your oven using a paper towel or damp cloths. This process may need to be repeated several times depending on the level of grease your oven has.
Alternatively, you can call in an expert! For some this is the obvious solution for any arduous clean – for others, it is a last resort.
Either way, a professional oven cleaning service will be able to provide you with a quote to perform the full deep clean of your oven, delivering an efficient and effective service just in time for next week’s roast.
Keeping it clean
To end, here are our top tips for keeping your oven clean once you reach the end of the process…
- Treat your oven to more frequent small cleans, rather than letting all the grease and food residue build-up so that it needs a deep clean.
- After cooking, place a bowl of water with lemon juice in the oven with the heat on a high temperature to allow all the grease and food to be loosened by the moisture. This will make it much easier to wipe clean after use.
- Use roasting bags and deep rimmed trays where possible to catch spitting grease and fat.
- Use specialist oven liners to line the base of your oven and ensure that it never needs cleaning again.