Unless you never cook, it is likely that you have some grease build up in your oven. A little bit of grease is fine, but it is worth keeping on top of it with simple cleaning techniques so that it doesn’t build up to an unmanageable state. An oven thick with grease is pretty hard to clean, as well as unappealing to cook in!
You could try harsh chemicals to deep clean your oven, but with our tips you will never need to resort to that. An added bonus is that you may already have all the ingredients you need to make your oven sparkle, right under your kitchen worktop!
Here is a list of all the things you will need:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Rubber gloves
- Damp dish cloth
Now, we will tell you how it’s done!
First of all, remove baking racks and anything else you have in your oven, and set them aside until later. You could even leave them to soak in warm soapy water, so that your oven really gets the full treatment!
Now we will walk you through how to degrease your oven, the natural way!
Make a paste with baking soda and water. In a small bowl, mix half a cup of baking soda with a few table spoons of water until you have a spreadable paste. The desired consistency should be easily spreadable, but not too thin! You can always adjust your ratios as you go.
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Spread this paste all over the inside of your oven. Be mindful of the heating elements – you should avoid them! The baking soda will turn a brownish colour as you rub it in – don’t let that put you off! Also, some parts of the paste may be chunkier than others. Not to worry, just coat your oven as best you can, with attention to any areas that are particularly greasy..
This is the stage where rubber gloves may come in handy – you can really get into the grease on your oven without worrying about getting grime on your hands!
Leave it to sit overnight. At least 12 hours is best. This may sound like a long time, but the more work the baking soda can do overnight, the less work you’ll have to do.
Wipe your oven clean. After 12 hours, the baking soda should have dried. Now you just need to wipe away with a damp cloth and warm water. Your oven should be revealed as if it was bought yesterday!
Spray a little white vinegar. For a final touch, spray some white vinegar on the inside of your oven. This will get rid of any remaining baking soda residue. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and foam, so it will be easy to see any parts you may have missed.
Wipe away the remaining foamy mixture. Use your damp cloth and add vinegar and more water as you feel necessary. Use some elbow grease to get a nice shine!
Replace your oven racks and your good to go!
So there you have it, you can now keep your oven in tip top condition with ease!