If grease stains and food splatters have collected in your oven, you might consider using the self-cleaning function. While this setting works fairly well, it uses extremely high temperatures that can damage the appliance and be a fire hazard. Here is a step-by-step guide for cleaning an oven without setting off the smoke alarm.

Preparation for Cleaning an Oven

The thought of cleaning your oven is often more overwhelming than the task itself. The process is easy with the right tools and preparation.

Before you begin, gather the necessary supplies. Purchase an oven cleaning product from the store. If you are sensitive to harsh chemicals and prefer a mild natural cleanser, use baking soda and water. You will also need rubber gloves, a damp cloth, and paper towels to protect the floor.

Cleaning this appliance may not be a task you enjoy, but it’s a chore that shouldn’t be postponed. A dirty oven affects the taste of food and can be a fire hazard.

Start with the Oven Racks

Remove the racks from the oven. Fill the sink with warm water and add detergent to soak the racks. After soaking for about 30 minutes, use a scouring pad to remove the grime. Rinse the racks, dry them, and reinstall them after cleaning the appliance.

Oven Knobs

An often forgotten step is cleaning the knobs. Rub a small amount of soap on a damp towel and use it to wipe the knobs. Then, rinse the soap from the towel and wipe the knobs to remove the soap.

Cleaning the Inside of the Oven

Apply your preferred cleaning product to the inside of the oven and let it sit for a few hours. Use a damp cloth and wipe the walls of the appliance to remove the cleaning product and food residue. Repeat the process until the oven is spotless.

Rinse the sponge after each wipe to keep from spreading grease and grime. If it has been a while since you’ve cleaned the oven, leave the solution to sit overnight and wipe it off in the morning.

Finish by Cleaning the Oven Door

Spread the cleaner or baking soda and water paste on the oven door and leave it for at least 20 minutes. Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the paste gently. Once all the paste is off, use a dry cloth to buff the glass.

If you enjoy cooking, the oven is among the most used household appliances. Clean it regularly to remove accumulated food and other debris.

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