If you live in your own apartment, you are renting or living with someone, probably you have an oven which just like everything else needs periodical cleaning. However, it is more specific since the residue from different foods, the oils and smell can be very difficult to get rid of as they pile on with time. Here are some oven cleaning tips on how you can clean and maintain the freshness of your oven:
Find a suitable chemical
Find a chemical specifically for cleaning ovens that includes degreaser as a substance and that is strong enough to remove even the old stains. Spray it all over your oven and on the outside surface as well and let it sit for a while, maybe 10-20 minutes depending on how strong the solution is. After that, take a strong cleaning brush (you can also use an old toothbrush for the small difficult places to reach) scrub everything off then wipe it away with a damp cloth. If it’s been a while since you last cleaned your oven you might need to repeat the process one more time.
Try making your own solution
If you are sensitive to the toxic smell of fumes coming from store-bought chemicals then try lemons and baking soda which are very good natural cleaners. The way to use lemons is:
- Squeeze the juice in an oven-proof bowl;
- Put it in the oven and turn it on until the lemon juice starts to boil;
- Turn the oven off and let it cool down with the door closed;
- Scrub with a brush and wipe down with a wet cloth.
The citric acid in the lemons is antibacterial and act as a natural bleach, which is why they are an excellent natural cleaning tool. You can also use half a lemon and rub it on your oven glass door and stove top which will remove the stubborn grease stains and leave them shining and smelling fresh.
You could also use baking soda by:
- Mixing it with water to make a paste;
- Spread it on the necessary areas;
- Let it sit for 30 minutes;
- Wipe down with a damp cloth.
Another great tip by Van Girls blog is to do this more often so you don’t let the residue build up as it becomes more difficult to clean the more it stays there. If you cook a messy meal it will take you a lot less time to scrub your oven right after as the stains have not yet set and dried down and this will help you to maintain an overall better level of oven hygiene.
If you still find it hard to do by yourself and none of the tips have worked for you feel free to call a professional cleaning company and take a break – that way, the cleaning will definitely be thorough and precisely done.