When was the last time you cleaned your oven? It’s a necessary chore that most of us probably don’t do enough. A buildup of burnt up food or debris can actually lower your oven’s performance. A dirty oven also produces harmful smoke fumes that are potentially dangerous to breathe in. Instead of risking it, clean your oven periodically. Here are some easy oven cleaning tips to get you started.
Clean Up Spills When They Happen
The best way to prevent built-up messes in your oven is to clean them when they happen. When food or liquid spills out of your baking dishes, wipe them up with a damp cloth after the oven cools off. This may seem inconvenient at the time, but its easier than waiting until they become hardened messes.
Use Oven Cleaner Products
Using a store-bought oven cleaning product is a good idea for greasy, hardened messes that may have been there for quite some time. Be sure to read the instructions on the product carefully, but most should be sprayed on and left for at least 30 minutes before wiping off.
Make a DIY Natural Cleaner
If you try to avoid chemical products, you can easily make your own oven cleaner using vinegar and baking soda. Make a thick paste from baking soda and water and apply it to any caked-on messes in your oven. Lightly spray or pour vinegar on top and let the solution sit for 30 minutes before wiping off.
Use the Self-Cleaning Setting on Your Oven
If your oven has one, consider using the self-cleaning option. It will heat up to over 800 degrees for several hours, so it’s best not to use it during the warmer months. You also may want to open the windows because the smell of burnt food debris can be a little overpowering.
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