How to Clean an Oven

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What You'll Need
Dish soap
Large basin or tub
Cloth or a sponge
Oven cleaner
Spray bottle
Baking soda

Knowing how to properly clean your oven will help you to keep a safe cooking environment, as well as a nice looking one. Carbon build-up, spills and other minor incidents in the oven make cleaning a necessity, but you don’t need to spend hours on your hands and knees. Keep reading for some basic, affordable tips on cleaning your oven.

Step 1 - Cleanse the Oven Racks

Remove the oven racks and use your cloth and some water to wipe away any of the surface materials that will come off easily. Once you’ve wiped the racks down a bit, add some dish soap to your water tub. Use a hose to spray hot water into the tub, mixing it together with the dish soap. Once the soap is dispersed well within the water, place each of your oven racks in the tub to soak. Leave the racks in the tub while you work on the rest of the oven. Once you have finished, remove the racks, dry them off, and replace them.

Step 2 - Wipe Down

Dampen your cloth once again and begin to rub down the inside of the oven. This way you will remove any simple surface stains and loose carbon (the black, burnt stuff). Dry off your oven with a different cloth or paper towel.

Step 3 - Use Oven Cleaner

No matter what brand or style of oven cleaner you decided to go with, you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions located on side of the bottle. If you don’t, you can cause damage to your oven, or worse, you could cause harm to you, your family and your friends. Because you are chemically cleaning something that prepares food you will ingest, following the instructions is key to safety and success.

Generally, you will be asked to warm up the oven to somewhere around 200 degrees Fahrenheit before you spray the cleaner. Turn off the oven. Be sure to cover each side of the inside of the oven with the cleaner. Allow the cleaner to soak into the grease and spills. After about 15 minutes, test the temperature of the inside of the oven. If it has cooled off enough, take your cloth and wipe away the excess cleaner, grease, and grime. Once you’ve wiped away any cleaner, take a damp cloth and wipe down the inside of your oven.

Step 4 - Clean with Baking Soda

A common technique utilizes baking soda and water to clean the oven, particularly if you have a lot of carbon build-up. Instead of scrubbing for hours, this will allow you to break down the tough carbon over time.

Take 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda and pour it into a spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle up with water and shake it up. Take the bottle and spray down each piece of black carbon you notice in your oven. Allow the mixture to soak into the carbon and do not wipe it away. Repeat this process each time you use the oven, or a couple of times a day. Once you notice the mixture building up at the bottom of your oven, it’s time to wipe away the carbon. Use a damp cloth to easily wipe away all the carbon, along with the excess water and baking soda. Remember, time is necessary to allow the baking soda to break down the carbon.