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04 September 2013
Top Tips for a Clean Oven
Top Tips for a Clean Oven

Cleaning your oven is probably one of your most-hated household chores. It’s easy for your oven to build-up bacteria with all the burned and spilled food that it sees on a regular basis. This can affect not only the quality of your cooking, but also the efficiency of your cooker, so it’s definitely something you want to keep on top of. Caked-on grime is a difficult thing to remove, which means that cleaning your oven can be a long and taxing process! Luckily there are lots of ways you can ease the stress of deep-cleaning your oven – here are just a few simple ways you can make the cleaning process a little easier on yourself.

1)    You don’t have to spend a fortune on oven-cleaning products to maintain a clean cooker. One of the easiest ways you can lift dirt and grime is to use ammonia. Heat your oven before making sure it’s turned off. Place half a cup of ammonia on the top shelf and a pan of boiling water on the bottom and let them sit overnight. The next morning all you’re going to need to do is remove the pan and cup, let your oven air out a little and then simply wipe away grime with a damp cloth. This is a speedy way to get great results, but you’re going to have to make sure you take the proper safety methods. If you’re using a gas cooker then it’s important to ensure your gas supply is turned off at the mains as well as on the cooker. Take care when using ammonia – try to avoid airing out your oven in the presence of small children or pets!

2)    Ammonia can also be used to clean your oven racks. Simply give them a soak overnight in a mixture of water and ammonia and wipe them clean the following morning. Make sure you give them a thorough wash before using them in your oven again, and take safety precautions when using ammonia in your home.

3)    If you’re wary about using strong chemicals, do your research when it comes to picking an oven cleaner for you. Have a look into customer reviews and online information so you can find one that’s going to do the job for you.

4)    Keep a bottle of white vinegar in your home so you can act quickly when it comes to dealing with grease stains and splatters. Combine water with the vinegar to make a spray that can cut through grease stains in your kitchen. This will help to keep your cooker and hob in great condition.

5)    One of the best ways to keep your oven clean is to act fast when it comes to food spillages. If you’re cooking when disaster occurs, simply sprinkle a layer of salt onto the spill in your oven. The salt will prevent the food stain from becoming cooked or burned on, and can simply be wiped away when your oven is cooler.