Lets face it, most of us don’t get around to cleaning the inside of our ovens nearly as much as we should. While we oftentimes use it to cook with, we simply close the door and avoid looking at the crusty mess which has accumulated on the walls. To help keep your oven in optimal condition, you should take the time to clean it at least once a week or when needed. Doing so will allow you to get more life out of your oven and prevent your meals from becoming tainted with the burnt food particles stuck inside.
Many people make the mistake of using bleach-based and other harsh chemicals to clean their oven. Sure, these chemicals will certainly clean your oven, but they leave behind a dangerous residue which can pass to the foods you cook. You should never use any type of cleaner containing bleach or other harsh chemicals in your oven, microwave or toaster oven.
Some of the newer model ovens have self-cleaning systems built into them. Basically, all this does is heat the oven up to a certain temperature which allows the caked on food particles to fall off. Read your oven’s instruction manual to determine if it has this feature.
Cleaning Your Oven
Because you can’t use bleach or other cleaning chemicals inside your oven, you have to prepare something else. Don’t worry, though, as there are three all-natural ingredients which are sure to clean just about anything – vinegar, baking soda and warm water. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and a medium to large bowl with warm water. Next, spray down the inside of the oven with the vinegar and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Soak a scrubbing brush in the warm water, reach inside your oven and start scrubbing. If you find any hard clumps of burnt food that’s not coming off, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on them to help break it up. With a little bit of elbow grease, you should be able to clean anything using these ingredients.
Tips To Remember
You should keep a trash bag near you to throw away and burnt material you pull out of the oven. While there may not seem like a lot of stuff inside of your oven, you’ll be surprised at how much you pull out when you clean it.
Wear a pair of thick rubber gloves before venturing into your oven to keep your hands clean.