Cleaning your oven can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Getting into the routine of a regular cleaning habit will do wonders to make sure your oven stays in tip-top shape. So, what are your options? There are the hard and fast methods: heavy-duty oven cleaner or self-cleaning cycle. And there are the all-natural, DIY options. We’ll explain.
Investing in a self-cleaning range is an easy way to take the heavy lifting out of this chore. However, this process really works best when there is minimal to moderate buildup inside your oven. The self-clean option will heat itself up to 550 degrees or higher, to burn off baked-on spills, splatters and messes. If you want to go one step further, find a steam-clean range. This is even quicker than a regular self-cleaning feature and uses the steam to release residue from the oven cavity.
Do you own a standard-clean range and just want to get the oven clean as fast as possible? Go with a store-bought cleaner. This is the easiest way to remove large amounts of tough grease and grime. Follow the directions on the product and remember that you’re using harsh chemicals, so take proper precautions. Additionally, lay old newspapers or paper towels around your oven to prevent any drips from reaching the floor.
Would you prefer a chemical-free cleaning method? There are some magical ingredients (probably already in your pantry) that will do wonders. Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply a thick coat inside of the range. This will need to sit for some time so rope off 10-12 hours or let sit overnight. In the morning, wipe the oven clean with a damp rag. For remaining residue, mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz inside of the oven before the final wipe down.
Lemons are natural degreasers and this method will only take about 30 minutes compared to the 10-12 hours for baking soda and vinegar. Take note, this will be most effective on minimal to moderate buildup. Get two lemons and cut them in half squeezing the juice into a baking dish and then adding what’s left of the lemons. Fill the dish about 1/3 full with water and turn on oven to 250 degrees. Leave the dish in the heated oven for 30 minutes to an hour depending on the amount of buildup. Turn oven off but while the oven is still warm (but cool enough you won’t get burned), put on gloves and wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth.