When it comes to cleaning your kitchen, you likely spend a lot of time doing dishes, washing the floors, and wiping down the countertops; but what about your oven? It doesn't need to be cleaned as often as the rest of the kitchen, but it shouldn't be ignored. Here are some tips for keeping your oven clean.
Practice Routine Cleaning of the Oven
If you wait too long to clean your oven, you will find that it is much more difficult to do. The more grease and food buildup there is, the bigger of a job you will have. It is best that you practice routine cleaning of the oven, even if all you do is wipe down the inside of the oven. One great thing you can do to reduce your cleaning later on is to pour some salt on any spills that occur in your oven following baking. Do this while the oven is still hot, and it will prevent the food debris from drying and hardening when the oven gets cool. When the oven cools off, it should be easier to wipe off. For regular cleaning, use a damp paper towel to wipe down the oven after each use, once it cools off. You can also use an all-purpose cleaner or oven cleaner.
Remove the Racks for Deep Cleaning
When it comes time for more deep cleaning of your oven, you should already have an oven that doesn't have too much grease and buildup of food. For deep cleaning of the oven, it is best that you remove the racks and drip pan completely. This makes it easier for you to clean and rinse them thoroughly. Also remove anything else in your oven, such as having baking sheets, a pizza stone, or an oven thermometer. When you remove them, clean the inside of the oven first, making sure you rinse all of the cleaner and let the oven dry while the doors are open. Now clean the racks and drip pan in the sink, wiping off grease with a paper towel first, then washing them and setting them aside to dry.
Use Natural Products for Cleaning the Oven
While oven cleaner often works well, you may want to try using a natural cleaning product for effectiveness and ease. Baking soda is a great ingredient to use, since it cleans and disinfects, while also providing gentle scrubbing. You can make a paste by adding some water to a small amount of baking soda in a bowl. Mix it together until it makes a paste. Apply this paste to any areas of the oven with a lot of grease or buildup you couldn't remove with simply wiping of the oven. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it away with a towel. Rinse the area clean and let it dry.