People who own halogen ovens love them. One of the advantages is that most halogen ovens are self-cleaning, which eliminates a great deal of work. However, all too often self-cleaning isn’t enough. Knowing how to clean a halogen oven means your kitchen will be cleaner and your oven always sparkling and tidy.
Step 1 - Self-Cleaning
When cleaning a halogen oven, take advantage of the self-cleaning function to help you out. It won’t do the job completely, in spite of the manufacturer’s claims, but it can make your part a great deal easier.
For self cleaning you’ll need a glass bowl and hot water. Put about 2 inches of hot water in the glass bowl on the metal rack. Set the self-cleaner. Don’t use more than 2 inches of water in the bowl as it might end up spilling into the oven. Allow the oven to self clean for about 10 minutes and then turn off the self cleaner.
Step 2 - Lid
The lid or door of the halogen oven is the part that can receive the most food splashes. You do, however, need to be very careful with it, as it contains all the electrical components, and produces the heat that circulates around the food to cook it. For this reason it’s vital not to submerge the entire lid in water.
With some models you’ll be able to take out the heating element, and this will allow you to put the glass part of the lid in the dishwasher, or in the sink for a thorough scrubbing. Once you’ve cleaned it you need to give it ample time to dry before putting back on the halogen oven. This eliminates any possibility of water coming in contact with the heating element, which could be fatal for the halogen oven.
Step 3 - Interior
After giving the halogen oven 10 minutes to self clean, you’ll find that much of the work has been done. Using pot holders, remove the bowl of water so you can work without fear of scalding yourself.
Apply a kitchen spray to the interior of the halogen oven and wipe with a clean cloth. If the oven hasn’t been cleaned for some time you might need to scrub hard to remove items stuck there. Put on more kitchen spray if needed to soften the debris. Don’t use anything abrasive on the halogen oven surface or it will scratch. Finish by wiping down with paper towels to remove all the liquid and leave the halogen oven interior sparkling.
Step 4 - Exterior
The exterior of the halogen oven can be cleaned with a standard kitchen cleaning spray and a clean cloth. Spray on and clean carefully, being sure to also clean the back and underside of the oven, as well as the rack in the oven. Cleaning all these areas will complete the cleaning of the halogen oven.