How to clean an oven
Cleaning the oven is a job that you can't avoid for hygiene reasons. Also with a build-up of food residue and grease, it can take a long time to get right.
Cleaning an oven isn't a simple task, but there are a number of tips you can follow to make the job easier!
Always remember, safety is the first priority:
Before you make a start, make sure that the oven is off and cool. Protect any visible heating elements and carefully cover gas burner jets. Wear rubber gloves, remove any bits of food that you see lying inside the oven. It's also worth changing into old clothes, as oven cleaning can get rather messy.
Cleaning up the shelves:
First remove the shelves from the oven. There is no need to spend so much time on scrubbing shelves because your dishwasher is perfectly capable. You can put them in on the hottest setting and if necessary you can leave them in for the next cycle.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, the combination of hot water and washing powder will do the job. This will help to break down any burnt-on food and liquids. For the best results, you can leave the racks to soak overnight. All you need to do after that is to give them a little scrub the next morning.
Cleaning the Inside of oven:
Oven cleaning products can take from several minutes to hours, to take effect. Once the leftover food starts to loosen, take a damp sponge and wipe the inside of the oven. Be sure to repeat this step until the oven is clean, and rinse the sponge after each round to avoid spreading dirt.
Be careful on not to get any electrical parts wet – water and electricity don't mix well together!
If any burnt-on food remains, you can make a paste with water and bicarbonate of soda to spread over the charred food and leave it like that for at least an hour (leaving it overnight would be even better). Then you should be able to wipe the stubborn stains away easily.
Cleaning up with Steam:
If your oven isn't very greasy and dirty, you can follow this tip. Once you've finished cooking, place a heat-resistant bowl of water inside and heat the oven on a medium temperature for 20 minutes. Then let is cool slightly. While the oven is still warm (but cool enough that you could safely touch the inside without getting burned), put on gloves, take a damp cloth and wipe.