Written by Rick

How do I clean my oven?

Let's face it: cleaning your oven isn't fun. Especially if you don't clean your oven after every use. Fortunately, there are a number of cleaning methods limit the amount of scrubbing you have to do.

Tips before you start

Before you start, make sure that the oven has cooled down and all racks and baking sheets have been removed. In addition, it's to prevent any moisture and detergent from entering the electrical part of the oven. Pay close attention to the openings near the fan.

Option 1. Clean your oven with an oven cleaner

The most obvious way to clean your oven is with an oven cleaner. These safely dissolve grease and burnt-on food residue. It's a matter of using the spray, letting it soak, and wiping off the dirt with a cloth. Keep in mind that an oven cleaner can't be used on catalytic surfaces. Catalytic surfaces have a recognizable rough structure.

Oven cleaner

  • Works fast.
  • Removes caked food and grease.
  • For ovens, grills, and barbecues.
  • Not suitable for ovens with catalytic walls.

Option 2. Clean your oven with detergent

If you don't have an oven cleaner at home, you can fall back on detergent. To use detergent, your oven has to be set to 60 degrees.Pour about 250ml of water on the bottom of your oven. Next, add a large splash of detergent. Close the oven and set it to 60 degrees, and leave it on for an hour. The combination of water vapor and detergent loosens all the dirt. After an hour, you can use a cloth to wipe the oven area so it's clean and dry.

Option 3. Clean your oven with a lemon

Lemon not only tasted good in lemonade, it's also very suitable as a cleaning agent. In order to clean your oven with lemon, you'll need an ovenproof dish as well as a lemon. Fill the dish with water, the juice of half a lemon, and lemon slices. Does your oven have a lot of caked-on dirt? Grease the dirt with half a lemon. Turn the oven on for quarter of an hour at the highest temperature. Immediately after, wipe all surfaces with a cloth so they're clean and dry.

Option 4. Clean your oven with a self-cleaning program

Some ovens have a program that allows the oven to clean itself. These ovens clean themselves by using of pyrolysis. During pyrolysis, the temperature in the oven rises to about 500 degrees, so all the dirt literally changes into ashes. The only thing you have to do is to wipe it off with a cloth.

A steam oven can have a program that uses steam to loosen grease and dirt. You can find out in the manual. All you have to do is wipe the oven with a cloth.

Tips for the next time

To avoid this much work next time, I have a few tips for you.

  1. Always use baking paper on your baking sheet. Replacing a sheet of paper is a lot less work than cleaning your baking sheet.
  2. Wipe the oven immediately after use. Let the oven cool down first, so you don't burn yourself.
  3. Cleaning an oven rack with several layers of dirt is annoying. Clean the oven racks immediately after use, so dirt and grease doesn't cake on.

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