The most miserable job in the home is cleaning the oven. The built on grease requires a ton of scrubbing to remove it and the shelves take forever to clean. But there is hope. Here are some cleaning hacks that take most of the work from cleaning your oven.
1. CREATE YOUR OWN CLEANER
‘A nifty cleaning cheat for treating stubborn stains is to use a homemade oven cleaner,’ advises Rik Hellewell, founder and MD at oven valeting service Ovenu, who put together the tips.
‘This helps save you time and money. A simple mixture of white vinegar and baking soda works wonders to help remove grease and grime.
‘The vinegar will react with the baking soda to foam gently.
‘Rub the paste onto the area you need to treat and leave it for 30 minutes to get to work. Then once the time’s up, you should be able to wipe the dirt away easily.’
2. CLEAN SHELVES IN 30 MINUTES
‘When was the last time you removed the shelves from your oven?’ asks Rik.
‘Probably not that recently. However, in order to cook your food in a hygienic environment, you need to ensure that you keep them sparkling clean.
‘A quick way to restore your shelves to their former glory is to place the shelves in a resealable plastic bag, spray with oven cleaner, seal the bag, then leave to soak. Make sure you read the instructions on the cleaning product and wear protective clothing where necessary.
‘After 30 minutes, remove the shelving from the resealable bag. Rinse them under warm water and use a scourer to scrub away any remaining burnt-on food.’
3. USE AN OLD TOOTHBRUSH
‘An old toothbrush is an essential oven-cleaning tool. Its soft bristles and flexible head allow you to clean areas that would otherwise be out of reach.
‘Even better, if you use an electric toothbrush, the vibration will help to loosen any burnt-on food.
4. USE A GLASS SCRAPER
‘A glass scraper is ideal for removing tough stains from the door and floor of your oven.
‘If the door is removable, unscrew it and soak in oven cleaner and warm water, then scrape the stuck-on food residue away.’
5. REMOVE OIL WITH OIL
‘It may sound strange, but you can remove greasy build-up on the hood of your oven with oil.
‘In fact, this technique will make clean-ups in the future really easy. Place a couple of drops of vegetable oil onto a paper towel and rub it over the greasy area.
‘The oil helps to remove the grease without the use of any harsh chemicals. Once clean, spray the areas with all-purpose oven cleaner to ensure that no oil remains.’
6. BANISH BAD SMELLS EASILY
‘We’ve all cooked a wonderful meal only to have the smell linger for days.
‘If you’ve cooked something especially pungent, like fish, a few drops of vanilla or citrus essence can work wonders.
‘Simply add a few drops in an ovenproof bowl filled with water. Slowly heat the bowl for an hour and you’ll soon rid your kitchen of those pongs.
7. USE CAR WAX FOR GREASE
‘A dirty hob is a sure sign of a dirty oven. A thin layer of car wax on your hob can help remove built-up grease. Simply apply and wipe away.
‘If any dirt remains, don’t worry. To get a ceramic hob clean, sprinkle with baking soda and a few drops of water. Then wipe clean with a soft cloth. If your oven has steel burners then place them in a resealable bag overnight with a drop of bleach and warm water. The next day, wipe the burners down and wash in warm, soapy water.’
8. POLISH WITH CREAM OF TARTAR
‘Cream of tartar may seem like an odd cleaning product to use on your oven, but it is extremely effective at keeping stainless steel shiny.
‘Simply apply with a thin cloth, leave for 10 minutes, then wipe away.’
9. REMOVE STUCK ON FOOD WITH DISHWASHER TABLETS
‘Dishwasher tablets are excellent at removing stuck-on food from your pots and pans in a dishwasher, so why should your oven be any different?
‘Take a dishwasher tablet and dip half of it in warm water. Next rub the tablet over the built-up grease on your oven door and watch the burnt-on dirt wash away with minimal effort.’
10. HOW TO NEVER SCRUB AGAIN
‘There’s a very quick and easy way to battle grease and grime.
‘Make sure that your oven is completely cool and then spray oven cleaner into the corners. Leave overnight if you can; if not, leave for at least four hours.
‘After the product has worked its magic, you should be able to simply wipe the grime away. If any burnt-on food remains, cover with your homemade cleaning solution of white vinegar and baking soda.’