Have you ever been baking a pie and started to smell something burning? Then you opened the oven to see the filling bubbling over and dripping to the oven floor. What a mess! Nothing is worse to clean than burnt sugar. And this is only one incident. If you use your oven frequently, it doesn’t take much time for the burnt residue to build on the oven surfaces. So, what’s the best way to get it clean again?
Of course, the best way to keep an oven clean is not to get it dirty in the first place. So, let’s begin with a few tips on preventing oven messes.
Cover Food. Place a cover on baking dishes when they are in the oven. A lid prevents any splattering during the cooking process. Covering the food also minimizes the risk of dripping when removing the dish from the oven. If browning the food is desired, remove the cover for the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time.
Use a Baking Sheet. Place a silicone baking sheet on the bottom of the oven to catch drips. That way, any overspill will not harden on the oven’s surface. It will also allow you to clean burnt particles with ease.
Now let’s look at some tips for cleaning a dirty oven without using caustic chemicals.
Baking Soda. Baking soda is a versatile cleaning ingredient that can make your oven shine. Mix half a cup of baking soda with half a cup of water to create a paste. Apply this mixture to the inside of the oven (mix more paste, if needed to cover the entire interior). Let it sit for at least twelve hours. Then, wipe off the paste with a damp cloth. To remove any remaining residue, spray with vinegar. The remaining baking soda will bubble and foam and wipe off easily.
Vinegar And Water. Fill an oven-proof pan or pot with water and add half a cup of vinegar. Place the container in the oven and heat the oven to 300 degrees. Let the water boil and release steam for 30 minutes. Then, turn off the stove, and let it cool. Finally, remove the pan and wipe the oven interior with a damp cloth.
Lemon Peels. Citrus helps eliminate stains and hardened food from the oven walls. Squeeze the juice of two lemons into an oven-safe bowl and toss in the peels. Then, fill the bowl halfway with water and bake the solution for half an hour at 250 degrees. Finally, remove the pan and wipe the oven interior with a damp cloth.
Use Self-Cleaning Feature. Nowadays, many ovens come with a self-cleaning feature. If you have such an option on your range, be sure to use it. It will make your life significantly easier.
A clean oven will make using it a pleasant experience. But, if you don’t have the time to clean your oven, worry no more. The Organic Maids, one of the best house cleaners in Charlotte NC, can help. Contact us when you make a mess in your kitchen, and we’ll clean it up. Call 704-999-1947 and set up an appointment today.