After months of baking, the oven becomes quite dirty. The accumulated grease and charred food is converted into carbon. It is the reason for the strong burning smell you sense while baking a delicious meal. In fact, this accumulation and cover of the appliance with residual food and fat can cause a fire.
The first and most important thing is to determine your type of oven. There are several types of standard ovens, but each requires a slightly different oven cleaning method.
Self-cleaning oven has a feature that heats the oven to such high temperatures that the layered food and fat will turn into ashes.
Textured ovens have a porcelain layer that is designed to burn spread food and fat while using the oven for cooking.
Conventional ovens without cleaning functions should be cleaned regularly and unfortunately – by hand.
Choose the best time for oven cleaning when you have 2-3 hours at your disposal and there aren’t other people at home except you. Keep children and pets away from the kitchen in time when you decide to perform oven cleaning procedure, as the oven will need to be heated to very high degrees, and is able to emit smell of burning. Open windows to ventilate the room, so as not to inhale the vapors.
Remove the grate from the oven and the side racks. Place them in the sink which has to be filled with hot water and dishwashing liquid. Let them soak for several hours. Then, you should turn the self-cleaning mode. Then the oven is self-locking and is heated to between 800-900 degrees Farenhay. It takes 2-6 hours for the oven to clean itself.
As a result grease and burnt food will turn into ashes. After self-cleaning, you need to leave the oven to cool down for minimum 2 hours. After thar, open the oven door and sweep the ashes with a small brush and blade.
The next step of the oven cleaning procedure is taking a damp microfiber cloth and wiping the oven. Then you have to polish the oven with kitchen paper. You may also find helpful to clean the inside of the oven with a clean cloth. Damp the cloth into a solution of vinegar and water in a ratio of 1: 1. Clean the grate and racks with soapy water, and rinse them. You should dry them with a towel before placing them back in the oven.
The grid and side bars should be taken out of the oven. The procedure is the same – soak them in hot water with added washing-up liquid. Make a homemade cleaning solution in a bottle of 1l water add 4 tablespoons baking soda. Shake the bottle to dissolve the soda. Then pour the homemade detergent in spray bottle for easier oven cleaning.
Take sprayer and spray the inside of the oven, focusing on carbonized and colored areas. As for heavily soiled ovens, you can increase the ratio of soda in the preparation. Preheat the oven for 30-40 minutes. Then let it cool down about two hours and you can wipe it with a damp microfiber cloth. Then polish it with kitchen paper. Clean and rinse bars and racks, dry them and put them back in the oven.
Repeat the process for the cleaning of the grate and the side rack. If they are heavy soiled, you can add a few tablespoons of vinegar into to solution of hot water and dishwashing liquid. Make your homemade cleaning solution of baking soda and water. Spray the cavity of the oven as you have to pay attention on layered fat and charred food. Leave the oven to soak with the preparation for at least 1 hour.
After the hour is gone, check whether the tanned fat has dissolved. If it is still firm – spray it once again with the home preparation of soda. Leave the oven to soak in the mixture for another hour. Use a scraper to remove fat of glass door. After removing the pollution, grab a paddle and brush to collect debris. Wipe the oven once again with home made solution of vinegar and water in ratio 1: 1.
After this long oven cleaning procedure, your kitchen appliance should be completely cleaned. However, if there are leftovers, you should use ammonia. Pour ammonia on contaminated areas and leave them for about 30 minutes. After that, take a scraper and remove the contamination.
As you can see, here we showed you effective oven cleaning method that relies entirely on natural cleaning products. You should not use ammonia for cleaning gas ovens and hobs. If you don’t have enough time for oven cleaning, you may contact a professional cleaning firm to bring back the perfect look of your oven.