How to clean your oven in 8 easy steps

We show you how to make your oven sparkling clean with this simple step-by-step guide

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Has your oven lost its sparkle even after you’ve cleaned it? If so, there’s a good chance you are not doing it correctly. Cleaning the oven is one of those spring cleaning jobs everyone dreads. However, armed with the right tools removing sticky burnt-on food and grease should be relatively hassle free. Following our simple tips you will have a spotlessly clean oven in no time. 

Note:

When using a professional oven cleaner always be aware of the recommended safety precautions on the product and read the instructions thoroughly before use. Always wear rubber gloves and make sure your oven is switched off and cool before you start.

You will need:

1. To begin cleaning your oven

Change into old clothes as oven cleaning can get rather messy and put on rubber gloves. Remove any obvious bits of food you can see lying on the oven floor.

2. Remove the oven's shelves

Remove all oven racks and leave them to soak in a sink (or the bath if your sink is too small) full of warm, soapy water. The combination of hot water and washing up liquid will help break down any burnt-on food or grease residue. For best results leave to soak for a few hours or overnight.

If you are short on time, place the shelves in a re-sealable plastic bag, spray all over with oven cleaner, seal the bag and leave the cleaner to work its magic for 30 minutes.

3. Spray the oven

Spray the cleaning product all around your oven, onto the roof, right at the back and in all corners. Leave the solution to soften any stubborn burnt-on food, follow the time recommendations on your product – usually at least 30 minutes, but often a few hours. 

4. Cleaning the racks

Once you have soaked your racks use a scourer to scrub them clean. Turn them halfway through to make sure that they are spotless on both sides. Rinse with warm water and set aside to dry.

5. Cleaning inside the oven

Once the cleaning product has had chance to work you’ll notice leftover food has started to loosen. Take a sponge and a bowl of warm, soapy water and begin wiping the inside of the oven. Rinse your sponge in the water and repeat this step until the oven is clean. Rinsing the sponge after each round will avoid spreading dirt. 

6. Removing stubborn food

If you still have grease residue or burnt-on food inside your oven at this stage don’t worry. Simply sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on the scorched food and leave to soften overnight. The following morning you’ll be able to wipe away any stubborn stains using a sponge and warm water.

7. Use a toothbrush

To really tackle those hard to reach areas, especially the corners, use an old toothbrush. Soak the bristles with your oven cleaner or use bicarbonate of soda and scrub vigorously. 

Wiping the inside of an oven door wearing rubber gloves

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8. Polish the oven's glass door

For the finishing touch you’ll want your glass door to be gleaming. First remove any stuck on food using a glass scraper or scourer. To stop puddles on your kitchen floor, place an old towel under the gap between the oven and where the door opens. Now remove all grease with hot water and washing up liquid or your oven cleaner. Wipe the glass door dry with paper towels removing all cleaning product residue.

How to keep your oven clean

  • Line the base of your oven with foil or an oven sheet before you start cooking. You’ll never need to clean the bottom of the over again!
  • Roast meat and fish in cooking bags or a roasting tin with a lid to stop fat spitting around inside the oven.
  • Always fully remove trays when inspecting food halfway through cook time, to prevent any grease splashing off the side.
  • Leave bicarbonate of soda on top of stubborn stains overnight to remove.
  • After cooking, put a heat resistant bowl of water inside the oven for 20 minutes on a high temperature. This loosens grease so you can wipe the surfaces easily with paper towels or a wet cloth afterwards.

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