Last night, you tried a new recipe for apple pies that a friend shared on Facebook. The pie turned out wonderful, but while it was baking it bubbled over… and you forgot, again, to line the bottom of the oven with aluminium foil. So now there’s baked on caramelised apple syrup on the bottom of the oven. And as you notice that, you also notice that the cooktop grates are … not really clean.
You had planned to relax out in the garden this morning, but since you just heard on the weather report that it’s likely to rain most of the day, you decide that now is the time to buckle down and give that dirty oven what for. So, time to gather all your supplies and have at it!
Supplies Needed For Oven Cleaning
- Oven cleaning product – you may choose to go with either DIY, natural, or chemical cleaners, whichever is right for you.
- A small wire brush for getting into hard to reach places.
- Paper towels – lots and lots of paper towels, because this is a messy job.
- A rigid scraper, for knocking loose those globs of caramelised apple pie filling.
- Scouring pads for scrubbing all the surfaces.
- Heavy duty gloves – especially if you’re going to use a harsh chemical cleaner.
- Newspapers, to cover the floor and contain the mess.
- Sponges and a large bucket of warm water.
Make sure there’s proper ventilation
Whether you’re going to use a chemical cleaner or more gentle, natural cleaners, there’s going to be a lot of smell – and possibly harmful fumes – generated by the oven cleaning. If you have an exhaust fan over the stove, turn it on. And definitely open some windows to get some cross ventilation going.
Time to dive in!
Whether you’re using a chemical spray on cleaner, or a more labor intensive natural cleaner, the first step is to coat all the surfaces with th e cleaner of your choice. Follow all directions for the application of the cleansing agent, and then let it soak! While the interior surfaces of the oven are soaking, you can get to work on the cooktop. If you have an electric range, the burners are likely sealed and just a surface cleaning will suffice. If you have a gas stove, you’ll want to remove the elements – MAKE SURE THE GAS IS SHUT OFF – and gratings, and set them to soaking in soapy water.
Once things have soaked for the proper amount of time, you’ll have to apply some ‘elbow grease’ and really scrub everything. Use the scraper to remove the large chunks, then have at it with the scouring pads. As you clean, use a damp sponge (rinsing often) to wipe away the grime and gunk you’re removed.
Keep at it, as you may have to reapply the cleaner again in order to really get that oven clean!
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