Baked-on food in the base of your oven often leads to a smoky house and tainted food. Unfortunately, older models don’t make it easy to get that gunk out of our oven. Whether your unit is many years old or your new oven is simply due for its first cleaning, the First Coast Supply experts are here with the cleaning tips you need.
Our Favorite At-Home Solution that Does the Trick
You’ll need baking soda, white vinegar, water, rubber gloves, a dishcloth, spray bottle and a silicone spatula. First things first, it’s important to remove everything you can from your oven. Set racks, pizza stones and oven thermometers to the side until the end.
It’s time to make the magic paste. Mix ½ a cup of baking soda with ¼ cup of water. Mix with a fork or whisk until a paste develops. Add a little water if the paste is too thick.
Cover the interior surfaces of your oven, excluding the heating elements. Don’t forget to throw on your rubber gloves! Get into the little corners and crevices where the thickest layers of debris often hide. Let the paste sit in your oven overnight — for at least 12 hours.
Once the waiting period is over, spritz every surface of the oven with white vinegar. Patiently wait while the vinegar reacts with the baking soda to create foam. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the foam, paste and debris.
Take Advantage of Your Oven’s Self-Cleaning Feature
Reaping the benefits of a self-cleaning oven isn’t as simple as pressing a button. With just a little work on your end, your oven will be spotless in no time. Just like the baking soda trick, your first step is to remove everything from the oven.
Flip on the self-cleaning switch and let your oven work its magic. Pour yourself a cocktail, read a book and give your oven about three hours to do its job. The high heat often causes smoke, so don’t be alarm if you notice wafts.
Once the cycle is over, it’s a good idea to give your unit a few more hours to cool down. It’s safe to leave your house at this point and run errands. When it’s back to room temperature, use a damp cloth to wipe away charred debris. Don’t neglect the seals and door during your cleaning process.
Is it Time for an Oven Upgrade?
No amount of cleaning can restore an outdated appliance. There are a few clear signs it’s time to swap out your oven for a new model:
– Rust is visible in and around your oven
– The door glass is cracked
– Your oven takes forever to heat and cook food