Do You Dread Cleaning Your Oven?
Do you dread cleaning your oven? Well, if you do, you're not alone! A survey by Tombola found that cleaning the oven is Britain's most hated household chore.
To avoid having to thoroughly clean your oven once it's really dirty, the best option is to avoid stubborn messes in the first place, and although this might sound easier said than done, there are plenty of cheap products on the market that can make keeping your oven spotless less taxing.
Line the Bottom of Your Oven
By placing an oven-safe, non-stick oven liner or a clean baking tray at the bottom of your oven, you will be able to catch the majority of cooking spillages and messes on an easy to remove and clean surface. This prevents tough burnt-on stains that would take plenty of scrubbing to remove - saving you time and hassle!
Make sure you wipe down your liner or baking tray regularly to avoid smoke in case your spillages burn.
Regularly Clean Your Oven
You can save yourself a lot of hard work by simply making sure you clean your oven regularly. For many households, every three months will do and will help you avoid grease and grime turning into stubborn, hard to remove stains.
There are dozens of quality oven cleaners on the market, available to buy in supermarkets and online. Depending on your preferences, you can choose a cruelty-free product or stick with whatever you find most effective. Although, cruelty-free and eco-friendly cleaning products tend to be more natural and less caustic, so if you use a strong cleaner with powerful chemicals, you should wear gloves and make sure your kitchen is well-ventilated.
If you are regularly cleaning your oven, you shouldn't need to use harsh chemicals, and you could even use a mixture of baking soda, water and vinegar.
How to Clean Your Oven with Baking Soda
1. Protect your hands by putting on some gloves.
2. Make sure your oven is switched off at the mains.
3. Remove oven racks and any trays from your oven.
4. Mix half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar with hot water in the sink.
5. Place your racks in the sink (rotating halfway through if they don't fit properly) and leave to soak for several hours.
6. Create a paste of baking soda and water.
7. Avoiding the heating elements, spread the paste evenly over the inside of your oven and oven door. Leave the paste in your oven overnight to get the best results.
8. After several hours, remove your oven racks from the sink and brush off any loosened grease and dirt. Set aside to place back inside your oven the next morning.
9. After you have left the paste in your oven overnight to work wonders, wipe down the door and the inside of your oven with a damp cloth until you have removed as much baking soda as you can.
10. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spritz on the interior walls of your oven. In patches where there is still baking soda, there might be a slight foaming reaction.
11. Wipe down your oven walls once more.
12. Place the sparkling clean racks back inside the oven, and relax!
While the whole process can take some time, most of the work will be done by the baking soda solution working its magic. There is minimal elbow grease and effort required, with outstanding results.
Even if you're very careful, your oven will inevitably get dirty and will need a deep clean at some point. When this happens, you can either clean it yourself or you can reach out to your local Bright & Beautiful team to book a professional cleaning service and we will do the hard work for you.