Undoubtedly, cooking is a much more pleasant process than cleaning the appliances contaminated as a result of the inspiration that hits you in the kitchen. However, if you take regular care of your oven and hobs, they will thank you with tasty meals and perfect looks. Here are some tips on how to achieve it.
Frequency of cleaning
This depends on two major factors - how often you are using the oven and what you prepare inside it. If you are a chef who likes experimenting and whirling with full steam in the kitchen, it is most likely that you need to clean the workplace more often than if you were cooking only on Sunday evening.
A good way to minimize cleaning time is by taking care of sprays caused by some dishes (such as tomato sauces, for example) at the moment. This will avoid the formation of dry spots, which are sometimes cleansed.
How to find out it has come the time for oven cleaning?
Changing the final cooking result is definitely a sign of the need for oven cleaning. If your cakes, for example, come out semi-baked from the oven, the appliance may not function properly or the heat inside the oven is not distributed evenly and needs cleaning.
What cleaning product to use for oven cleaning?
For ceramic hobs, it is advisable to avoid granules because they can cause scratches. Instead, try a little soap and water and a detergent specially designed for ceramic hobs.
For gas burners on a glass ceramic hob: clean the burners with soap, water and a toothbrush. Then wipe the rest with a suitable Stainless Steel Surface Preparation.
For an electric glass ceramic hob: Clean the surface using soap, water and a non-abrasive sponge, then wipe with a special towel cleaner. If there are any dry spots, try cleaning them with a special ceramic knife blade that will help you remove them with a minute effort.
How to take care of the interior of the oven?
For excellent results with minimal effort, purchase yourself a self-cleaning oven. Аvoid using soap and water as well as caustic preparations for its maintenance. It is important to be especially careful to clean the seals, as their damage may impede the further operation of the appliance.
Even if your oven is extremely dirty with the help of these products you will be able to clean even the oldest stains of food and grease in it. For that purpose you have to be equipped with baking soda, apple vinegar and dishwashing liquid.
Mix 4 parts of vinegar, 4 parts of baking soda and 2-3 drops of dishwashing liquid. Apply the mixture on the oven. You can use a cloth or a sponge to apply the mixture. Leave it to act for 15 minutes and then wipe with damp sponge.
Another easy oven cleaning tip is the following: cover the bottom side of the oven with salt. Take half a lemon and clean the whole surface, you have covered with salt. You will achieve incredible results!
Here is another useful tip for oven cleaning with natural products:
You need a bottle of ammonium chloride and a liter of water. Heat the oven to 150 degrees and turn it off. Put a bowl of hot water at the lowest level and ammonium chloride on the top. Close the oven and leave for 1 night. The next day mix some dishwashing liquid with a cup of warm water and ammonium chloride. Wash with it, and then go with clean water.
You can also use vinegar - rub the surface of the oven with it and leave for a few hours. Then wash with a sponge or brush.
One of the most popular oven cleaning methods is the one with baking soda. Make a mixture of water and baking soda and rub the oven with the slurry. Leave for half an hour and then wash with warm water.
In order to achieve even better results pour vinegar on top of the baking soda and leave it to act for 20-30 minutes. You will be surprise how easily you will remove the grease from your oven. Vinegar will eliminate all the unpleasant odors from burnt food.
Microwave oven cleaning with a wet sponge
Take a sponge, soak it with water and put it in the microwave for a few minutes. Steam will help to reduce the fat deposited and all you have to do is wipe with a clean cloth.
A useful advice how to keep your oven clean is to leave the oven door open after you have used the oven. That way the entire vapor will go out of the oven, and the glass door of the oven will be cleaner.