I get it, oven cleaning is not on anyone’s list of favourite cleaning chores! However, it is one of those tasks you need to do, you can clean your oven and make it sparkle with little effort!
I always tackle my oven in 3 sessions, one for the top, middle and bottom parts of my oven, doing all 3 in one go just isn’t going to happen!
Tackling The Oven
When I tackle the oven, the first thing that I do is place a towel on the floor, not just to catch any drips, but to make it easier on my knees as my oven is freestanding!
I am getting to that point in life when a kneeling pad sounds like such a great idea!
Always check your manufacturer’s instructions as to the recommended cleaning methods!
It is a great time to do a visual check your oven and to make sure it is working correctly!
Tackling the two ovens is a similar process to this one!
- The glass section in my doors comes out, this makes cleaning this so much easier! I typically rest this on an old towel on my counter tops and will tackle at the same time as the oven.
- I remove the shelving too, again I will tackle this in a short while!
- I wipe out any crumbs and food debris from the interior of the oven, this lets me see the true depth of the task in hand!
- I make a paste from bicarbonate of soda, dish soap and a small amount of water. I apply this to the bottom of the oven and leave to work!
- I also apply this to the glass of the door and again leave it to work whilst I tackle the shelving.
- I wash the shelving in warm soapy water and use an abrasive sponge to remove any debris. Then I dry these and put to one side.
- I wipe out the oven and rinse off any residue, making sure it is clean and dry.
- I do the same for the glass door and put everything back together!
Tackling The Top Of The Oven
How you tackle this will depend on your hob, there are so many different options. It is important that you check with the instructions that came with your oven, you don’t want to use something that will damage it!
You can see how I clean my ceramic hob here!
As with any cleaning project, if you want to make your oven sparkle, keeping it clean and buffing with a clean and dry microfiber cloth will do just that!
How Often To Clean
How often you clean your oven will depend on a number of different factors!
- How often you use your oven.
- The time you have available.
- If you have a cleaning schedule for cleaning your oven.
The best way to work out how often to clean your oven is to clean the hob after every use, that way it will stay clean and shiny.
The inside of your oven, will depend on how much you use it, I really like to clean mine once a month, but I do wipe over the glass door at least once a week when I clean the kitchen.
It is about finding what is right for you and your family. If you have more time and want to clean the oven weekly, then that is fine.
If you hardly use the oven, then cleaning it out once every 6 months is fine too! You have to find that balance for you and your family.
Why I Tackle Section Separately
If you want to tackle your complete oven in one go, that is fine.
I tend to spread it out over the 3 sessions because I get bored and distracted, other things pop into my head when I clean.
It is a time when I turn off and relax my mind, my job is not physical and I think that when I do a physical job, it gives time for my brain to relax!
If I tried to do all three in one session, chances are I would get distracted in the middle and walk off to do something else and this makes the task even longer to complete!
Therefore, use my tips to get your oven clean and let it sparkle in your home! It will make you feel good to know that your oven is clean and working correctly, doing the job it’s designed to do!