How to Clean the Oven
Oil and food residue builds up over time in every oven due to the cooking process. Food that’s fallen to the bottom of the tray can continue to char and smell bad. By cleaning an oven regularly, you’ll ensure that it’s always safe to use. Here you’ll find how to clean the oven with three strategies that’ll make sure it’s ready to heat up tonight’s dinner.
Types of Ovens
When it comes to cleaning an oven, it depends what type you have in your home. Most of them fit into three categories:
- Self-cleaning ovens are usually modern and high-tech. They have a setting that will turn leftover food into ash.
- Non-self-cleaning ovens are the most common type. These ovens will require you to really scrub away food and grime.
- Continuous cleaning ovens have a special internal lining that helps prevent grime from building up.
Once you understand which type of oven you have, you can get started cleaning it.
Check out our step-by-step video guide to see the best way to clean an oven:
A lot of modern ovens have their own self-cleaning setting. These self-cleaning ovens can turn up to a temperature over 480 degrees Celsius. They effectively turn any discarded food to ash, meaning that they do most of the hard work for you. You still need to follow a certain procedure to make sure it’s safe.
- Start by opening your kitchen windows and set the self-cleaner for a time when nobody else will need the oven.
- Now take out all of the pots and oven racks from the oven. You can wash these in the sink with dishwashing liquid.
- Turn self-cleaning mode on and let it run for several hours. If the oven doesn’t have an automatic lock, ensure you leave a note so that other household members know the oven is on self-clean.
- Let the oven cool for several hours after the self-cleaning function ends.
- Once the self-clean is finished, grab a brush and shift all of the ash into a garbage bag. Make sure you clean ash from the oven door and lining too.
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.