Cleaning your oven is important for many reasons – over time food particles and grease accumulate inside the oven, which can create unpleasant odors and smoke that can also impact the flavor of the food you're cooking. A dirty oven is also a fire hazard, as accumulated grease and food particles can catch fire if exposed to high heat.
To keep your oven clean, wipe it down once a month or when you notice it’s starting to look dirty or give off unpleasant fumes. For a full deep clean, follow these steps to have your oven looking good as new.
Make sure the oven is cool
You don't want to start cleaning while the oven is still hot as you face the risk of serious burns. Take out the oven racks after you know it’s cooled down and safe to handle before you begin cleaning.
Remove any loose debris from the oven
This could include food crumbs, ash, or anything else that's collected on the bottom of the oven. You can do this by using a wet rag, sponge or paper towel and wiping the surface of the oven.
Use an oven cleaner
There are many different types of oven cleaners available, including natural options and chemical cleaners. Follow the instructions on the cleaner carefully, as different products may require different application methods.
Wait for the cleaner to work
Depending on the product you're using, you may need to wait a few minutes or a few hours for the cleaner to work. Be patient and follow the instructions carefully.
Scrub the oven
After the cleaner has had a chance to work, use a sponge or brush to scrub the inside of the oven. Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies to remove as much residue as possible.
Rinse the oven
Once you've scrubbed the oven, use a damp cloth or sponge to rinse away any remaining cleaner. Make sure you remove all traces of the cleaner, as leaving any residue in the oven may cause unwanted odors or be dangerous to your health.
Dry the oven
Use a clean cloth or paper towel to dry the inside of the oven. Make sure it's completely dry before using it again.
Remember to clean your oven regularly to keep it functioning efficiently and reduce the risk of fires.