Homeownership 101: How to clean the oven

double oven in a brand new kitchen

Our ovens have been working overtime!

No one looks forward to cleaning their oven. However, if you want to have an oven that runs efficiently for a long time, cleaning your oven is necessary. With the right tools and some tips from our pro house cleaners, cleaning your oven doesn't need to be overwhelming. Our pro-cleaners have some tips that will make oven-cleaning a breeze!

Start by vacuuming

No matter what method you prefer to clean your oven, start by vacuuming! Use the crevice attachment to get everything that has accumulated in your oven. *Make sure your oven is off and that you do this AFTER running the self-cleaning cycle.

Clean the oven naturally with baking soda and vinegar

With all of that baking you've been doing, your oven might need to be cleaned. Good news! You don't have to use harsh chemicals. If you have baking soda and vinegar, you are in luck!

Mix one-half cup of baking soda with water until you've created a paste. Next, you'll want t spread the paste all over the bottom of the oven, the sidewalls, and the inside of the glass of your oven door. You want to make sure you do not get the paste on the heating elements. Leave the mixture in your oven for at least two hours. Next, take a spray bottle, fill it half with water and half with white vinegar and spray it all over the baking soda. This will create a foam (science experiment!)

Leave that going for another thirty minutes. Use a rag to remove the baking soda mixture and then wipe everything down with a damp cloth.

*You might need to use a spatula to get the burnt on debris removed from the oven.

small oven in an older kitchen

Deep clean

Want to get every nook and cranny? Grab an old toothbrush (or buy a cheap one). You can get all the places in your oven. Dip the toothbrush in a cleaning solution and get to all those corners. PS a toothbrush is great to have in the kitchen to clean all those places that are hard to get to.

Preventative maintenance

Instead of waiting a few months before cleaning your oven, be sure to clean up spills and all those little bits that drop to the bottom of the oven. You might want to consider oven liners if you do a lot of cooking, or at least to get you through the holidays.

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