|23 January 2015|
Make Your Oven Sparkle
The oven is quite an essential element in any kitchen. It is, after all, mostly responsible for cooking those delicious recipes you want to bring to life. The inside of the oven can experience quite a quick build-up of grease and grime after many cooking ventures. The outside of the oven too can suffer from unsightly stains and marks. Oven cleaning is not only important to make your kitchen neat and tidy, but also for hygienic reasons when cooking. With this step by step guide, you can get your oven sparkling the next time you are having a kitchen cleaning session. 1. Open up the windows and try to have the kitchen cleared out of pets and kids. You’ll need some fresh air and room to breathe to do the best job possible on your oven cleaning. 2. Remove the oven trays. Fill up the sink with warm, soapy water and let the trays soak for some time. There isn’t a specific time frame on how long to leave. In fact, the longer the better so that the grime will wash off easily. 3. Use a damp sponge to wipe the inside of the oven door and the walls. Make sure the oven is cool and use just a sponge dampened with water. Chemical based cleaners are not needed for this step. 4. Next, rather than using harsh chemical cleaners, make your own cleaning solution. This can be easily done using 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a 1 litre spray bottle filled with water. Allow the baking soda to dissolve by shaking the bottle once filled with water. Add a drop of eucalyptus oil or your favourite essence for a nice smell. 5. Use this spray to treat the walls of the oven and the door. If there are particularly tricky spots in your oven with a large grime build -up, make a baking soda paste. This is done easily by using less water in the ratio of baking soda. Apply the paste over the grimy spots and leave them to soak for a while. 6. Leave the oven sprayed with the solution for about an hour to allow it to sink in and remove all the hidden grease particles. 7. While the interior of the oven is soaking, attend to the outside of the oven. Depending on the state of the outside, you can likely just wipe it down with a water dampened cloth. If there are any stains or marks that won’t remove easily, use a bit of the baking soda spray and scrub using a sponge. 8. After this time, use a sponge dampened with water and scrub out the inside of the oven. If there are difficult grimy spots, you might need to use a scraper or toothbrush to remove them. 9. Next, make another cleaning solution this time using a mixture of half water, half vinegar. This is just a follow up clean after the baking soda solution. Spray the interior of the oven and wipe down with a damp sponge. Then take a dry, clean cotton towel and wipe out all surfaces of the inside of the oven to ensure it is dry. 10. Now, go back to the oven racks. They should have been soaking for a good while now so all you need to do is wash them with a sponge. Make sure you rinse them thoroughly to get rid of all the dish soap particles. Dry them with a towel and place them back in the oven.
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