How to clean the inside of an oven
There are many ways to clean inside your oven. You can use a commercial oven cleaner, or you can make your own at home. More important than the cleaning solution you use is how frequently you clean your oven.
You should wash it out with water about once a month. This prevents your oven from becoming coated in grime. And always wipe down your cooled oven after cooking anything particularly messy. This helps prevent grease and dirt from accumulating.
- Commercial oven cleaner, OR white vinegar and baking soda
- Microfiber cloth
- Plastic food scraper
- Clean water
- Paper towels
- Spray bottle
Step 1: Switch off your oven and allow it to cool. Never try to clean your oven while it’s hot. Not only is it dangerous, but any cleaning solutions you use can burn, releasing toxic chemicals or even just leaving unsightly stains behind.
Step 2: Remove the racks from your oven and soak them in a solution of hot, soapy water while you clean your oven.
Step 3: Apply your cleaning solution. Make sure to get all the sides and top of the oven, as well as the floor. If you have an electric oven, you can apply cleaner to the heating coils.
Step 4: Give your oven a good scrub with a sponge or microfiber cloth. Avoid anything that could scratch the finish, such as steel wool. If the cleaning solution you use turns brown, that just means it’s lifting dirt from your oven.
Step 5: If your oven is very dirty, apply a second coat of cleaning solution and leave it overnight to work its magic before continuing to clean.
Step 6: Using a damp microfiber cloth, wipe away the cleaning solution residue and lift dirt and debris. You can use a spatula or plastic pan scraper to remove any tough burned-on food. Avoid using anything metal that might damage your oven.
Step 7: Give your oven a final wipe-down with clean water, making sure you’ve removed every trace of cleaning solution. You can use paper towels to dry your oven, or turn it on to the lowest heat for 15 minutes to dry out.
Step 8: Reinstall the oven racks and enjoy your gleaming clean oven!