Spring is in the air and many of us are working through our spring cleaning to-do list. If you are starting to tidy up around your home, don’t forget to add your oven to the list.
Many people don’t clean their ovens as frequently as they should, so make sure you don’t neglect it this spring. Here are some tips for cleaning your oven do you can start the spring season with a clean oven and some peace of mind.
Skip Harsh Chemicals
All you need to get your oven clean is white vinegar and baking soda. This simple mixture, which you can make at home, will save you hundreds on cleaning solutions, and works wonders to get rid of grease and grime, according to Daily Mail. 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.
Don’t Skip the Shelves
You can’t just clean the walls of your oven to make it sparkle again: you need to clean the shelves, too. One easy way to do this is to remove the shelves from your oven, place them in a sealable plastic bag, and spray them with oven cleaner or your baking soda mixture. Let them soak for 30 minutes, and rinse, using one of our gentle microfiber towels.
Get Rid of Smells
If you use your oven often, you probably notice that it develops some strange smells between cleanings. 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.