Everyone knows that to clean your oven can be a big chore and it’s obviously one of the least desirable tasks on our home cleaning list.
It’s evident that the oven is used on a regular basis but it’s still the less often cleaned piece of kitchen equipment, and that’s not good enough. It’s very common for some stains to become baked in overtime, causing them to be a big deal to remove.
Even the little spills that aren’t addressed immediately can become a real challenge if you continue to use the oven afterward.
Sometimes we tend to console ourselves with the belief that the high temperature kills all microbes and bacteria, so, whether we grill or roast, we believe our delicious recipes are super safe to eat. This might be true, but you still need to clean it once in a while.
So, regardless of whether you have a self-cleaning or a standard oven be sure to give it a nice little touch as when due. Doing this will increase its functionality and effectiveness.
Why Is It Important to Clean Your Oven?
As we mentioned earlier, cleaning your oven as when due is very crucial to its overall functionality. Not cleaning your oven can reduce its efficiency at reaching certain temperatures and it may even stop working altogether if burnt food is left unattended.
It’s also noteworthy to mention that crusty buildup can impact the taste of your food. Also, while the high temperature can eliminate some bacteria, it’s still not a good spot to be cooking stuff that enters out bodies. Overall, cleaning your oven will increase its functionality and make it a healthier place to prepare tasty meals for your home.
Is It Time to Clean Your Oven?
The task of cleaning your oven should be done on a monthly basis or once every three to six months. However, be sure to wipe the oven glass or door at least once a week.
Remember, if you leave it for so long, you might need a pick ax to remove the built-up grime. In essence, the longer you leave the dirt unattended, the harder it will be to get back into good condition.
How to Clean Your Oven?
As we know, cleaning your oven is no easy task, but it’s essential. So if you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, you can follow these easy green cleaning steps.
Handy tip: Put a heat-resistant glass bowl of water mixed with a spoonful of baking soda in the oven. Turn the oven on high for at least 20 to 30 minutes. This little trick will help loosen most of the dried particles and make it easier for you to clean.
Oven Cleaning Steps:
- Get baking soda and sprinkle on the base of the oven. Now spray vinegar directly over the soda until it produces a mild foam.
- Apply a paste of baking soda and water to the messy areas on the sides of the oven, then spray with vinegar. Allow all you’ve applied to sit through the night and wipe clean in the morning.
- Wash the oven racks in the sink using a spray bottle of alcohol and a quality sponge. Use the alcohol on the baked-on grease and allow to sit for 60 seconds. Now use the handy scrubbing sponge to remove or clean up any residue. You can repeat this process as needed.
Note: Be sure to keep a disposable aluminum tray beneath the oven to catch any accidental spills.
With these simple eco-friendly steps, you can have an oven that looks as good as new. So be sure to give your handy kitchen appliance the monthly touch it needs to perform at its best end deliver the best tasting, healthy food your family loves.