Ovens can easily accumulate grime from oil and food residue left behind by the cooking process. Food that falls from your oven tray can often char and lead to unpleasant burning odours. Cleaning your oven regularly is essential in ensuring that your oven remains safe to use. This article will explain three strategies to keep your oven clean, fresh, and ready to heat up tonight’s dinner!
Types of Ovens
Methods of oven cleaning depend on the type of oven that you have in your home. Most ovens fit into three broad categories:
- Self-cleaning ovens. These are usually modern and high-tech. They have a setting that turns leftover food to ash.
- Non self-cleaning ovens. These are the most common type of oven, and they usually require you to roll up your sleeves and scrub away food and grime.
- Continuous cleaning ovens. These ovens have a special internal lining that prevents the build-up of grime.
Once you’ve determined what type of oven you have, you can set about getting it clean.
Many modern ovens have a self-clean setting. A self-cleaning oven heats the oven to an extremely high temperature – up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit (over 480 degrees Celsius). This cleans the oven by turning glued-on food residue into ash. While self-cleaning ovens do most of the work for you, there are certain steps that you should follow to ensure it is safe.
- First open the windows in your kitchen, and set the oven to self-clean at a time when others are unlikely to use the kitchen.
- Next, remove any pots or oven racks from the oven. Wash these by hand in the sink with a little washing up liquid.
- Turn on the self-cleaning mode, which will usually take several hours. Your oven should be locked during self-clean. If your oven does not lock automatically, be sure to leave a note or tell everyone in the house that the oven is on self-clean.
- Allow the oven to cool for several hours after the self-cleaning is complete.
- Once the self-clean is complete and the oven has cooled, brush all of the ash into a garbage bag and clean the oven door and lining of any lingering ash.