Cleaning out the oven can be a hassle, but it is definitely something you need to be doing if you want to make sure your oven is perfect for your next cooking or baking experience. Fall is right around the corner, which means your oven will be used quite frequently for big meals and desserts. Here is why you should clean out the oven thoroughly before the season hits.
Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals
White vinegar and baking soda will do the trick when cleaning your oven. You don’t need to use chemicals, and you shouldn’t. This cleaning formula that you can make in your own home will attack the grease and grime, while saving you a good amount of money on other harsh cleaning solutions. Mixing vinegar with baking soda creates a foamy mixture; let it sit on greasy spots for 30 minutes, and then use our scrubby sponge to scrub it clean.
Shelves Need to Be Cleaned
Remove the shelves from your oven before cleaning them. Soak them in your baking soda mixture for 30 minutes, and rinse, using one of our gentle microfiber towels. To do this the right way, you can put them in a sealable plastic bag for them to soak in the mixture.
Smells and Food
If you’re using your oven quite often, the oven can carry some old food smalls and other smells. There also can be some straggler crumbs hanging out in the oven. You’re going to want to get rid of those as well when you’re cleaning it out. To get rid of smells, use an oven-safe bowl filled with water and a few drops of vanilla or citrus extract. Place the bowl in the oven, and slowly heat the oven for about an hour.