A Guide To Cleaning Your Oven

Anyone who owns an oven, regardless of whether it’s an electric or gas one, knows just how dirty it can get. Spilled food, burn crumbs and other debris can quickly build up in your oven. This not only can affect cooking times, but it can also turn the oven into a safety hazard, so it’s important for the consumer to remove this debris as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are a ton of different ways for a person to clean their oven and in this guide, we’re going to examine just a few of them. So without further ado, let’s examine some of the most popular ways of cleaning your oven.

How Often Should An Oven Be Cleaned?

Before we get into the actual oven cleaning processes, however, it’s probably a good idea to talk about how often an oven should be cleaned. It seems that a lot of people have absolutely no idea of whether they should clean their ovens once a week, once a month, or once a year. However, what these people should realize is that there isn’t any definitive time frame for cleaning their oven. Instead, it all depends on how often they use their oven.

If a person only uses their oven 2 or 3 times a month, then they will probably only need to clean their oven once or twice a year. If they use it regularly, as in every day, then they should clean their oven about every three months or so. For people who are using their oven in between three times a month and daily, they’ll probably want to clean their oven every four months or so.

Items Needed To Clean An Oven

Okay, now we’re getting closer to cleaning the oven. However, there is something else that we need to cover before moving on to oven cleaning. And that something is making sure that our readers know what equipment they’re going to need for the process. After all, when cleaning an oven, a person not only needs tools that make the job easier, but they also need to have equipment that protects them as some of even the best oven cleaners can be extremely caustic. With that said, below are some of the tools a person will need to clean an oven.

  • Oven Cleaner
  • Rubber cleaning gloves
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Microfiber sponge or scrub pad
  • Damp rags
  • Paper Towels or old newspapers
  • Large garbage bag

Cleaning Your Oven With Store-Bought Oven Cleaners

Below are the steps for cleaning out your oven. As is always the case, some ovens and oven cleaners are cleaned slightly differently than what might be detailed below, so it’s up to the consumer to know the instructions given by their oven manufacturer and their oven cleaner and make sure they follow those if it differs with the instructions below.

Step One: Empty Out The Oven

The first step to cleaning out the oven is to remove everything from it. This includes the racks, the thermometer, and certainly any pans that might be in it.

Step Two: Prepare Yourself For Cleaning

Make sure that you layout newspapers or paper towels in front of the oven to catch any messes. Now, it’s time to put on your safety glasses and rubber gloves. You’re now ready for cleaning.

Step Three: Spray The Oven

Once you’re adequately prepared, spray the oven with the oven cleaner paying close attention to where you spray it. If you’re spraying in a gas oven, be sure that you don’t spray near where the pilot light is and if you’re cleaning an electric oven, be sure not to spray the heating coils. Once you’ve covered the interior with oven cleaner, close the oven and allow it to sit for approximately 30-minutes.

Step Four: Clean The Racks

While you’re waiting for the oven cleaner to do its job on the inside of the oven, it’s time to turn our attention to cleaning the racks. Take the racks outside and spray them with oven cleaner. Once they’re adequately covered with cleaner, place them into a large garbage bag and seal the bag shut. Leave the bag of racks outside for the amount of time recommended by the oven cleaner.

Step Five: Wipe Out The Oven

After 20 or 30 minutes, it’s time to wipe out the oven. Using a damp cloth, open the oven, and wipe it down thoroughly. If there are sticky spots that weren’t dissolved by the oven cleaner, then use a cleaning pad to or microfiber sponge to remove the crud. Just be sure to be thorough during this step and not leave any remaining oven cleaner or crud on the oven.

Step Six: Clean The Oven’s Racks

By the time you finish the inside of the oven, the oven racks should be ready to be removed from the bag and cleaned. Remove the racks and place them in a sink of hot, soapy water. Give them a good scrub, using a scrub pad if necessary to remove any stuck-on junk. Dry the racks thoroughly and then return them back to the oven. The oven is now clean.

Our Thoughts On Oven Cleaning

Before we end this article, we would like to take a few moments to mention a few other things. One of the things that we want to mention is that commercial cleaning products aren’t the only way for people to clean their ovens. There are also other ways of cleaning an oven including more natural homemade products such as lemons or baking soda and vinegar. However, we do have to say that we don’t feel those products work quite as well as commercial cleaners, but we do understand why some people use them.

The last thing that we want to mention, and that we didn’t mention in the above guide, is that a person is going to want to make sure they open a window while using commercial oven cleaners so they don’t end up breathing the product. The oven should only be cleaned while the kitchen is properly ventilated for the best results.