Cleaning the oven is a job that nobody likes to do, because, depending on how dirty it is, it can be a long, grueling job. And, even if your oven is a self-cleaning model, you will still have to take some steps such as wiping up spills to get it completely clean. There are a few different ways to clean your oven.
Oven Cleaning Method Number One- This method should be suitable for most ovens, except self-cleaning models. If you have a self-cleaning oven, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly clean it. Not following the instructions may void your warranty.
The first thing to do in order to clean your oven is to take out all of the wire oven racks and let them soak in hot, soapy water. Set the oven temperature dial to two hundred degrees and wait until the oven preheats. Spread thick layers of newspaper on the floor around the oven door in the meantime to protect the floor from spills and splashes. Now, turn the oven off.
Be sure to put on a good pair of rubber gloves so you do not get the oven cleaner on your skin. Spray the inside of the oven with a commercial cleaner. Do not spray the heating element, (if there is one), and do not let the spray get into cracks or crevices where you cannot get it out. Let the cleaner sit for about ten minutes or so. If there is burnt food on the inside of the oven that refuses to come off, try scraping it off with your fingernail or a plastic scraper.
Do not use a metal scraper or sharp objects of any kind inside the oven to try and clean off stubborn stains. Wipe the oven cleaner off with a damp rag or sponge and rinse your rag or sponge thoroughly after each wiping. Rinse the inside of the oven again with clean, freshwater, making sure to clean off all of the oven cleaner residues. Dry the inside completely. Scrub the wire racks with a steel wool pad, if need be, and dry them thoroughly. Slide them back into the oven, and–presto! You are done!
Oven Cleaning Method Two- This method should be suitable for only electric ovens. Do not use this method for cleaning gas ovens or any other type of oven that has a pilot light!
First, remove the racks in the oven and make sure the inside of the oven is cool. Place half of a cup of plain ammonia in a container. Set the ammonia in the oven on the bottom. Now, close the oven door and let the ammonia set inside the closed oven overnight. Place the oven racks in hot, soapy water and let them soak overnight too. You might need to scrub the racks with stainless steel if they are very dirty.
By morning, you should be able to use a damp sponge or rag to clean the grime out of the inside of the oven kind of easily. Rinse the sponge or ragout thoroughly after each wipe. If there are any stubborn stains, carefully scrape them off. Rinse the oven with clean, fresh water. Dry the inside. Scrub the oven racks, dry them well, and replace them in the oven.
You can also mix together a paste of baking soda and vinegar and use a soft scrubber–never, ever use a metal scrubber– to clean the inside of your oven if it is not soiled very much. Be sure to wipe off the cleaner and rinse the entire inside of the oven well. Then, dry it completely. Scrub the racks and dry them, then replace them inside the oven.