When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, our ovens can often be a little neglected with the idiom ‘out of sight, out of mind’ an apt explanation. This means that when the time does come for us to get stuck in, it can be hard work to bring our ovens back to their former glory.
Certain parts of the oven tend to be difficult to reach, making dirt difficult to remove, but if you know what you’re doing then the process can be a lot easier than you might expect.
Here, we look at the best way to clean your oven with the hope of saving you a little time and a lot of effort.
The cheapest approach
If you are reluctant to go out and purchase a specially designed oven cleaning product, then you’ll be glad to hear you could have everything you need in the cupboard. Pick up an empty spray bottle, a small amount of bicarbonate of soda (or baking soda) and some water and get stuck in!
Using a funnel, place several spoons of bicarbonate of soda into the bottom of your empty spray bottle. The bottle can then be topped up with water. Shake the solution to ensure the bicarbonate of soda is sufficiently mixed before spraying onto the black carbon lumps which have built up in your oven. Be sure to use this technique on a cold oven, for safety reasons.
Once you have applied a decent amount of the bicarbonate of soda formula to your oven, you can wipe it down with a damp cloth. This should remove a considerable amount of the carbon muck which seemed hard to remove initially and the process can be repeated safely a number of times.
Any remaining chunks of dirt which the bicarbonate of soda failed to remove can be loosened with the use of a spatula or similar tool. Loosened dirt can then be removed from the oven using a stiff brush. Again, be absolutely sure to work on a cool oven.
Cleaning the glass
One of the most frustrating parts of the oven cleaning process can be simply cleaning the glass front; perhaps because this is the most visible part of the cooker.
The best way to approach this is to use another spray bottle, this time filling it with ammonia. Spray a film of this onto the glass which fronts your oven and let it soak for a minute or two. You can now get stuck in with a non-abrasive cloth and give it a good scrub.
When you’re finished, give the oven door a thorough rinse. Remember to clean both the inside of the oven door and the outside to achieve the best results.
If your oven door contains two panes of glass separated by a small air gap (similar to double glazing used in homes) then consider removing the back pane now and again and cleaning the inside. This will allow you to tackle any dirt which has managed to seep through the barrier separating the glass panes.