How to Clean Your Oven (and What to Use to Clean It)

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Cleaning your oven is a necessary chore, but it doesn’t have to be a painful one. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you clean your oven without hassle!

What Should You Use to Clean Your Oven?

You can buy a traditional spray oven cleaner, or for a more natural option, you can use baking soda and vinegar! Just mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with about 3 tablespoons of water to make a paste and have some vinegar in a spray bottle on hand to create foam when needed.

You’ll want paper towels or old newspapers, and damp cloth rags. If you’re using a chemical cleaner, you’ll need rubber cleaning gloves, safety glasses, and a large plastic garbage bag. You may also need a microfiber sponge to scrape off excess buildup.

How to Clean Your Oven in 5 Simple Steps

1) Take everything out of your oven

First, make sure your oven is turned off and cool. Take the racks out and place some paper towels or newspaper on the floor under the oven.

2) Clean the inside of your oven

Put on safety glasses and gloves if you’re using a chemical cleaner. Then, spread your oven cleaner of choice all over the inside. Don’t cover your oven’s heat source, whether it’s electric or gas. Let the oven cleaner sit 20 to 30 minutes for store-bought oven cleaner or 10 to 12 hours for baking soda.

3) Clean the oven racks

While the oven cleaner sits, it’s time to clean the racks!

For a conventional oven cleaner, take the racks outside, spray them, and let them sit in a large garbage bag for as long as the label says.

For baking soda paste, place the racks in your sink. Spread the paste and add vinegar. Wait for the mixture to finishing foaming, then fill the sink with water and let the racks sit for 10 to 12 hours.

4) Wipe down your oven

Once your oven cleaner is done sitting, wipe down the oven with a damp cloth. If you have a lot of buildup, use a microfiber sponge or other abrasive tool to scrape out the grime. For tough baking soda spots, apply vinegar and wipe away the foam.

5) Rinse and replace the racks

Rinse out the racks and scrub them with a cloth rag or abrasive sponge. Replace them in the oven.

And that’s it! Your oven is now clean and ready for use!

If your oven needs more than just cleaning, contact Sarah’s Appliance Repair and we’ll repair it for you!

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