I, like most of you, just hate oven cleaning! This is one of the most unpleasant household duties for me because it takes me much time, and because it is really nasty job. I remember the first time when I had to clean the oven, it was quite dirty and I had forgotten to place protective gloves. My hands were covered in grease and it took me 1-2 days to remove that substance from my hands. Till that moment I did not know I have to clean the oven after each use, which is the recommendation of oven manufacturers and professional cleaners. I was cleaning the glass oven door once a week and the oven – once a month. That is really unacceptable and now I know that, but at that point of time I thought this was normal.
However, when I had to clean the oven, it took me hours and at the end I wasn’t completely satisfied by the final results. At first, I used professional degreasers that had really strong smell that caused me headaches. After that I replaced the strong detergents with completely safe eco-friendly homemade cleaning recipes which gave excellent results in oven cleaning! Occasionally, I am also using professional oven cleaning services to completely restore the condition of my oven. They are not pricey and are a key factor for prolonging the life of your kitchen appliance!
Here I want to share with you some of the most useful oven cleaning tips. I hope they will help many of you improve the look of your greasy oven.
First, I have to mention one of the most popular cleaning recipes. Take the bars out of the oven and place them to soak in the sink. They should soak for several hours in mixture of hot water and dishwashing liquid. Then, take a damp cloth and wipe the oven. It will probably be very greasy but that way you will collect the surface dirt. After that, spread generously huge quantity of baking soda. Cover the soda with vinegar and close the oven. Although many of you don’t like the smell of vinegar, this smell is better than the odor of chemical detergents. Moreover, vinegar is perfectly safe cleaning product. However, open the windows in the kitchen to get rid of the vinegar odor. Get out of the room, if you really can’t stand that smell. Return in the kitchen 30-40 minutes later and open the oven door. Take a damp cloth and wipe all the sides of the oven. If you have not reached the desired effect, repeat the procedure the next day. Usually this method for oven cleaning is incredibly effective, especially if you use it once a week. If your oven has not been cleaned from a really long time, you may need to repeat the procedure 2-3 times till you finally cope with the grease.
Cleaning the oven glass door is easier if you use mixture of baking soda and water. For accomplishing best results, use an old toothbrush to apply the mixture. Leave the mixture to act for at least 15 minutes and then wipe with clean cloth. You may use the toothbrush to clean the greasy remains in the corners of the glass door. Perfect results are guaranteed!
Not long ago I heard about incredibly effective method for oven cleaning. Now I will share that secret with you! You have to take an empty jar and fill it with orange peels. Then pour the jar with white vinegar. The vinegar has to cover the orange peels. Close the jar and leave it aside for 5 days. When this period is gone you will use the vinegar (without the peels) to clean the inside of the oven. You can use it in mixture with baking soda. The results are magnificent! Moreover, there will be no repelling smell of vinegar. The odor is really pleasant. If you don’t have orange, you may use lemon peels. They also are helpful for exceptional oven cleaning!
Another popular cleaning recipe is the following: fill half a bowl with lemon juice and place it in the oven. Heat the oven for 30 minutes and when it cools down; take a damp cloth to wipe all the sides of the oven. It is easy and fast method for oven cleaning. In stead of lemon juice you may use vinegar. This method is helpful for microwave oven cleaning as well. The difference is that you have to turn the microwave oven on for 5, not for 30 minutes.
To sum up, the most used products for oven cleaning are vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. With their help you can enjoy perfectly clean oven, without spending much time in cleaning!