Oven Cleaning 101: How to Make Oven Cleaning Easy

Oven Cleaning 101: How to Make Oven Cleaning Easy

Regular oven cleaning can lengthen the lifespan of your oven, one of the most-used appliances in many households. It can also reduce unpleasant odors and smoke that may result from using a dirty oven.

Believe it or not, it’s recommended that you clean your oven every three months or as needed. Most people, however, don’t realize that this is the case and may not know how to approach oven cleaning at all.

Cleaning your oven, especially if it’s long overdue, can seem intimidating. However, with a few simple oven cleaning tips, you can make oven cleaning a breeze. When you get into a regular habit, you won’t even have to do that much manual labor!

Read on for our oven cleaning 101 guide, chock-full of easy-to-implement advice about cleaning your oven.

Know What Not to Mix

Before you dive in, let’s take a quick moment to talk about cleaning safety. When you’re working with both chemicals and natural cleaning supplies, it’s important to be careful about what you’re combining.

When you select an oven cleaning method, stick to it. Don’t switch from one cleaning solution to another in the same cleaning session. The reason for this is that mixing some common household cleaners (like bleach and vinegar) can create toxic fumes that are dangerous to you and your family.

All of our tips here will allow you to use natural ingredients found around your house. Storebought cleaners are also an option, but remember not to mix and match your methods.

Get a Helping Hand from Your Vacuum

First, use either your hose or crevice attachment on your vacuum to clean up solid debris. Some of that solid debris may need a good soaking in a cleaning solution to come loose but do your best to get as much as you can. This will make it easier to wipe away grease and gunk after using any of the methods below.

If you use your oven’s self-cleaning setting, remember to vacuum again once the self-cleaning cycle is complete.

Try the Baking Soda and Vinegar Approach

First, make a paste using two parts baking soda with one part water. You want your paste to have a thick consistency that is wet enough to spread. Apply the paste to the bottom and sides of the oven as well as the inside of the oven door, but do not get any of the paste on the heating element.

You can leave the paste in place for a minimum of two hours or as long as overnight. Then, mix one part white vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle and spray the mixture all over the paste. This will create a foaming reaction that lifts grease and caked-on debris, which you can wipe away after 30 minutes.

Sprinkle Salt to Prevent Dried-On Mess

When you’re using your oven, keep an eye on what’s going on in there. Sometimes, especially when baking a recipe that rises, your ingredients will overflow and fall to the bottom of your oven. When this occurs, grab some regular table salt for a quick fix.

As soon as you notice the spill, sprinkle salt on top of the mess. Once the oven is off and 100% cooled down, you’ll have a much easier time wiping away the dried-on mess that would otherwise congeal.

Get Scrubbing With Old Toothbrushes

Oftentimes, you won’t need to rush out and buy all new cleaning supplies to clean your oven in a jiffy. Rather than throwing away old toothbrushes, keep them stored somewhere in your bathroom or kitchen. Then, you can use them to scrub away grease and debris in your oven.

Toothbrushes are great for reaching those hard-to-reach places. Use them to apply your baking soda paste or to clean tight corners and crevices in your oven. You can also dip your old toothbrush in your cleaning solution of choice to spot-clean your oven between deep cleaning sessions.

Fill the Tub to Soak Your Oven Racks

If you’ve ever tried to soak your stovetop racks in the kitchen sink, you probably know that the sink simply isn’t big enough for the task. Putting an entire oven rack in the sink is certainly out of the question. As a result, many people clean the floor, walls, and door of their oven without giving the racks a good cleaning.

The good news is that your bathtub is the perfect size to soak your oven racks. Line the tub with old towels if you’re worried about scratching, fill the tub with warm water, and add some dish detergent before submerging your oven racks. After they’ve soaked for at least a couple of hours (or overnight), scrub away any remaining debris with your used toothbrushes and dry them off.

Enlist TMC Services for Oven Cleaning and More

It can feel like home cleaning never ends, especially when each appliance requires specialized TLC. We don’t blame you for not wanting to stay on top of chores like oven cleaning!

That’s why TMC Services offers affordable home cleaning services. Pick your cleaning package (and change it up from time to time if you’d like) and we’ll keep your home looking spotless so that you can focus on the rest of your day!

Skip the DIY Approach and Hire Professional Cleaners

Oven cleaning can seem intimidating, especially when you haven’t done it in several months. With these oven cleaning tips, you can conquer the grime and debris in your oven with minimal effort!

Ready to let someone else handle all those household cleaning chores for once? We’re here to give you a much-deserved break. Contact us to find out more about our services, request a free quote, and schedule your cleaning services today.

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