How To Clean An Oven Like A Pro

One of the most avoided chores in the kitchen is cleaning your oven. We avoid it as long as possible, dreading the thought of scrubbing off baked-on grease from inside the oven and on the trays.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Although cleaning an oven can be tough, there are ways to make it easier and more bearable. The reward is a sparkling clean oven that feels worth the effort.

That’s why we have broken down these two cleaning methods for cleaning your oven: one eco-friendly and two using commercial-grade oven cleaners.

How To Clean An Oven

What are the benefits of cleaning your oven?

A dirty oven can be dangerous and unpleasant to cook in.

Cleaning an oven regularly will help prevent the below from happening.

  • Reducing damage to the oven
  • Discoloration that is visible
  • Extensive smoke output
  • Fire hazards
  • Reduced oven life

Leaving the oven unclean for a while can lead to grease and burnt food bits getting stuck inside. This can cause extensive smoke output as the food continues to burn, resulting in a fire hazard. As a result of the smoke, fire alarms may go off, and your meal may taste bitter and burnt.

How Often Should You Clean Your Oven?

How often should you really clean your oven? Spruce recommends cleaning it every few months, but this depends on how often you use it.

Although the self-cleaning function can be a great option for quick cleaning, it isn’t the only cleaning that’s required for this appliance. A deep clean of your oven should still be done regularly.

Rather than seeing it as a chore, think of it as a way to preserve your appliance.

Eco Oven Cleaning

Let's get started! Here’s an eco-friendly step-by-step guide to help you clean your oven effectively

Materials Needed:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Rubber gloves
  • Microfibre Cloths
  • Scraper or scourer
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic tray to soak racks in (or a sink if large enough)
  • Paint brush

Making Natural Oven Cleaner

One common natural oven cleaner is baking soda and white vinegar.

    1.  Mix half a cup of baking soda with enough water to create a spreadable paste.
    2. Mix a 3:1 ratio of water to white vinegar in the plastic bottle

Oven Cleaning Steps

  1. Oven Preparation:

    • Safety First: Ensure the oven is turned off at the wall.

    • Put on the rubber gloves.

    • Remove oven trays and other items inside the oven.

    • Remove old burnt food from inside the oven.

  1. Cleaning the Oven Racks:

    • In the plastic tray, place the racks into hot water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid.

    • Soak them for a few hours, or better yet, overnight.

    • Refill the plastic tray with fresh, warm water, scrub the trays with a scourer to remove grease and grime, and finish with microfibre.

  2. Cleaning Inside the Oven with Baking Soda & Vinegar:

    • With the paintbrush, spread the baking soda paste all over the interior surfaces of the oven (including the oven door), avoiding the heating elements. NOTE: To get into tight corners, you can use an old toothbrush.

    • Pay special attention to particularly greasy or burnt areas.

    • Leave for a few hours.

    • Now lightly spray the oven with the vinegar solution, avoiding heating elements or electrics.  The vinegar will react with the baking soda, creating a foamy reaction that helps lift away the remaining grime.

    • Leave for another 20 minutes, and then scrub the oven with a scourer, wiping out excess residue with a microfibre. 

    • To remove stubborn spots from the bottom, sides, and oven door, you might need a scraper. 

  3. Final Steps:

    • Ensure that all baking soda and vinegar has been removed from the oven. 

    • Put the oven racks back in place.

    •  Before using the oven to cook with, turn it on for 20 minutes. Some drips may occur during this process, you can wipe them up after the oven has cooled down.

NOTE: The effectiveness of the above method increases if the oven is regularly cleaned. If you have not cleaned your oven for a while, it is recommended that you do this next cleaning process. 

Oven Cleaning, Auckland

Step-by-Step Guide Using Commercial Grade Oven Cleaner

Materials Needed:

  • Commercial grade oven cleaner. We recommend Selleys here at Spruce as it will clean the dirtiest of ovens. 
  • Rubber gloves
  • Respirator Mask
  • Microfibre Cloths
  • Old Towel
  • Scraper or scourer
  • Plastic tray to scrub trays in (option)
  1. Oven Preparation:

    • Safety First: Ensure the oven is turned off at the wall.

    • Put on the rubber gloves.

    • Put on the mask.

    • Remove old burnt food from inside the oven.

    • Put the old towel below the oven on the ground. (oven cleaner can damage flooring).

  1. Cleaning Inside the Oven 

    • Leave the oven trays inside.

    • Spray inside the oven, avoiding the heating elements.  NOTE: Be sure to clean up any oven cleaner that gets on the cupboards or any other surface during this process. Make sure to spray the oven door (inside) and the trays. Turn the oven trays around and spray them again. 

    • Leave for 20 minutes or up to an hour if the oven is dirty.

    • Remove the trays and scrub them with a scourer on the sink or plastic tray. Rinse and then dry with microfibre. 

    • Scrub the oven with a scourer. Use microfibres to remove all oven cleaner. 

    • To remove stubborn spots from the bottom, sides, and oven door, use a scraper.

  2. Final Steps:

    • Ensure that all oven cleaner has been removed from the oven.

    • Put the oven racks back in place.

    •  Before using the oven to cook with, turn it on for 40 minutes. Some drips may occur during this process, you can wipe them up after the oven has cooled down.

NOTE: Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended Safety Data Sheet for any oven cleaners used.

Tips:

    • Self-Cleaning Ovens: If your oven has a self-cleaning function, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. However, be aware that this function uses high heat and can produce smoke and fumes.
    • Regular Maintenance: Regularly wiping down spills and splatters when they occur can help keep your oven cleaner between deep cleans.

Cleaning your oven periodically will help maintain its efficiency and prolong its life.

If you want to know more about Spruce’s oven cleaning services, contact us! We’d love to help you make your oven look new again or offer our advice.