Best way to clean an oven: 8 speedy hacks

Want to know how to clean an oven without too much elbow grease? These quick tips are a must-read for getting that oven ready for New Year's feasts (it'll taste nicer if you do)

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We've got good reason for telling you how to clean an oven quickly (and easily). After all, is there a worse job to do right at the start of the year? Especially if you have had one too many on New Year's Eve...

The thought of scraping burnt cheese off the shelves and scrubbing oily grossness off the bottom just fills us with dread. But alas, if you want to get rid of that slightly burnt smell every time you turn your oven on, and you want your New Year's dinners to taste as good as possible, cleaning your oven NOW is a must. 

But if, like us, you want it done and you want it done fast, use these clever hacks: we have rounded up the best and quickest ways to clean your oven. You can thank us later. 

For loads more tips on how to clean an oven, check out our in-depth guide. 

1. Tackle the hob in record time

Stuck on gunk proving tricky to remove? The best way to remove built up grime on the hob (AND inside the oven if you ask us) is with a hob scraper. You can buy one from places like Amazon (see the link) OR just use any plastic, non-scratch spatula that you have to hand in the kitchen. After that, soapy water and a decent sponge will do the rest of the work for you, without too much elbow grease.

2. Go for the easiest oven cleaner ever

Surprise surprise, the easiest and quickest way to clean your oven is to get a good oven cleaner. Our favourite is Lakeland's Oven Mate. It is great for removing serious grease and grime and really straightforward to use, PLUS it's low odour. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the product, but the best part about this cleaner is that you don't need to scrub – just brush on and wipe off. Remember to wear rubber gloves and keep the room ventilated. 

3. Er, check if your oven is self-cleaning

Have you checked the manual? Yours might well have a self-cleaning function you've not remembered. Lost the manual? Look online, entering your oven's make and model number. Simply put: self-cleaning ovens can be heated to a super high temperature, turning burnt on food to ash. Your job is then to sweep out the bottom of the oven where the ash has fallen – it's a bit of a dirty job, but still far easier than all that scrubbing. 

4. Want a more eco-option? Baking soda wins every time 

Baking soda to the rescue yet again! Is there anything it can't do? The best way to use baking soda to clean your oven is to mix it with vinegar – mix around half a cup of baking soda with three spoons of vinegar to create a paste. Then, put on your rubber gloves and spread the paste around the inside of the oven. You should remove the shelves and do these separately – and make sure you put some newspaper down first.

Then you can leave the paste to do its thing, this can be anywhere between one hour and 24 hours, depending on how much TLC your oven needs. Then pop your gloves back on and use a damp cloth to remove all the paste and rinse – you will be left with a sparkling clean oven, no chemicals needed. 

Find more baking soda cleaning tips in our guide.

5. Use dishwasher tablets to clean your oven 

Well, they work on your dirty pots and pans, don't they? For this oven cleaning hack, dip the bottom half of a tablet into a glass of warm water and rub it over the built-up grease – and straightaway you'll start to see it break down. When you are happy with the results, use a warm cloth to remove the residue. 

6. Steam clean your oven with a bowl of water

For this oven cleaning hack, all you need to do is fill an oven-proof bowl with water, cut up two lemons and place them in the water. Then pop the bowl into your oven and set the temperature to around 250ºC. After around an hour, turn off the oven and let it cool until it's safe to touch the inside. Put on some gloves and use a warm cloth to wipe the inside of the oven, the steam created will have softened any grease or food build-up to make it easier to remove. For really dirty areas, scrape the oven with a spatula to remove the gunk, and then switch out the cloth for something more abrasive like a scouring sponge. 

7. Use an old toothbrush to get to hard to reach areas

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

Quick trick? Use a spray bottle to spray clean, warm water into the corners when you're rinsing them of cleaning product. 

8. Clean oven racks in the bath

Fill the bath with enough hot, soapy water to cover the racks. Leave them to soak overnight, then let the water out and use a brush or cloth to work off any grime that's clinging to them in the morning. Run clean water over them to rinse the soap off.

Then clean the bath...

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