Nobody likes a dirty oven but, like it or not, oven cleaning is necessary from time to time. Dirt and grime from oil and food residue left behind after baking or roasting can easily build up inside your oven. Bits of stuck-on food debris can smoke and burn inside the oven, giving off unpleasant odours in the kitchen. There are 4 ways to keep your oven clean and safe to use.
Commercial oven cleaners
Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get your Marigolds on? There are many cleaning products in the shops that will help you get this messy job done with relative ease. Whichever of the market leading brands such as Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner, Cif Oven Cleaner or the Oven Pride Cleaning System you choose, they all contain active chemical ingredients that promise to be tough on grease, dirt and burnt-on food.
Oven cleaning companies
Of course, if you’d rather not get your hands dirty, you can always pay someone to come and do the hard work for you. Professional oven cleaning companies will send trained operatives to your house, and have all the necessary equipment and chemicals to clean your oven, leaving everything clean and sparkling. If you’re not sure where to find a local company, perhaps start with the Association of Approved Oven Cleaners who have a list of members.
If you have a self-cleaning oven, it has a special self-cleaning programme to do the hard work for you! Empty out the interior of the oven completely – including racks and anything else removable which should be cleaned by hand. The programme will take several hours and be warned, it gets very hot indeed. If there is excessive build-up on the bottom of the oven, it is likely to smoke. The intense temperatures of up to 500C are designed to turn dirt, grease and any other debris into ash. When the self-cleaning programme has run and the oven cooled down for a couple of hours, wipe the inside with a soft, damp cloth to remove any residue.
Natural oven cleaners
Did you know that you can make your oven look like new again with only one natural ingredient? Here’s how: Mix bicarbonate of soda (widely available from supermarkets, hardware stores and online) with water to make a thin paste and use a cloth to spread it evenly all over the oven interior. Leave for 30 minutes at least until the brown residue begins to soften and dissolve, then remove the grime with a scraper or scratchy sponge.