It’s certainly not the most exciting of household tasks, but cleaning your oven is an essential part of kitchen maintenance, protecting the longevity of your oven, increasing it’s efficiency, and keeping kitchen germs and dirt at bay. If you’re wondering how to clean a dirty oven in the most effective way possible, just follow our simple ‘how to’ guide below.
The Best Way to Clean an Oven
If you want to minimize the amount of time and energy you have to spend on cleaning your oven, make sure you’re well prepared before you start:
- Put on rubber gloves and protect your clothes with an apron.
- Open windows to make sure your kitchen is ventilated.
- Turn the oven off at the wall.
- Consult the oven’s operating manual for cleaning instructions.
- Read the instruction labels on any products you’re going to use.
- Fill your sink, big bucket, or bath with hot soapy water (see below).
- Make sure you have a sponge scrubber, a microfiber cloth, some kitchen towel, and a spoon or blunt blade to hand.
- Be ready to overlap stages of the process: scrub one part while another is soaking – this will speed up the whole task.
Cleaning Your Oven: A Step-By-Step Process
Step 1: Remove the oven shelves and the metal rings around gas hobs and plunge them into the soapy water to soak (the bath is a good solution for oversized shelving).
Step 2: Tackle the oven interior by scraping off any crusted-on food with the blunt blade, then, spray on a commercial oven cleaner or apply a cream cleanser that will stick to the sides of the oven and door (and not run down to pool in the bottom). Make sure you don’t get your chosen product on seals, the fan, or the grill element as this could cause your oven damage.