Cleaning a non-self-cleaning oven requires several steps:
- Begin by taking out the oven racks and soaking them in the sink. Give them a scrub with dishwashing liquid.
- Prepare your oven cleaning solution using a spray product from the supermarket. You could also prepare your own by combining baking soda with water.
- Spray the oven interior, avoiding the fan and the actual heating elements. Make sure you also apply the cleaner to the glass door and always follow the safety precautions on the product’s label.
- Let the solution work on the oven for 15 minutes or longer, so that any charred food particles can be lifted.
- Remove grime by scrubbing and scraping the entire interior.
- If necessary, rinse and reapply your oven cleaner.
- Keep rinsing your sponge regularly so that you’re not simply spreading the grime around.
- When you’re done, grab a clean rag and dip it in water, then wipe over the interior to remove any lingering spots.
- Finish cleaning the racks and then put them back into the oven.
Continuous-cleaning ovens are different from the others, because they have a special lining on their interiors. Their porcelain interior helps to burn off any food, grime, and residue, leaving your oven clean most of the time. Food can, however, still become attached to the oven walls, especially if a dish has popped and sizzled away in there.
To clean a continuous-cleaning oven, mix warm water and baking soda to gently wipe it down. Don’t use abrasive chemicals on this type of oven, because they can ruin the porcelain lining.