The oven is the nemesis of the homeowner; if you don’t tackle it in the right way the deep oven clean is a laborious task that creates mess not removes it. Just when you think that you’re done you close the oven door and are taunted by the streaky glass door and hob. For many the exterior is the toughest part of the clean as those water marks and spillages are so difficult to clean off the glass and the metal frontage. If you stick to the following tips you might just find that cleaning the oven is no longer such a chore for you.
The Right Oven Cleaning Tools
You’ll need to plan this job carefully, if you have a takeaway planned one evening that’s the time to clean your oven. But first you need to gather the right tools for the job; we advise that you use the following:
- A microfiber cloth
- Bicarbonate of soda
- A spray bottle
- Winceyette rags
- Clean warm water
- A sponge
- White vinegar
If you get the essential tools ready before you start you can save a lot of time. First you need to remove the oven racks and soak them in the sink with some washing up liquid. Next remove any large lumps of burnt waste with a spatula, be careful not to damage your oven.
This part is reminiscent of science experiments at school; you need to make a thick paste using the bicarbonate of soda and water. Half fill a cup with the bicarbonate of soda and add a few tablespoons of water until you have a paste. Now cover the inside of your oven with the paste and leave the mix to soak overnight.
Once you’ve left your mix to do its magic overnight lay a rag down in front of your oven before opening it up. Now moisten your sponge and wipe the paste out as fully as you can, continue to rinse the sponge and wipe through until the paste and the grime it brings with it are out. Now fill your spray bottle half and half with water and the white vinegar and spray the inside of the glass frontage. Use your winceyette rag to wipe away the moisture and fully dry with your microfiber cloth.
The Final Chapter
Now close the oven and repeat the last process on the glass and metal frontage, use your winceyette rag in a swift constant motion to avoid leaving smears and streaks. Now go over the area again with the microfiber cloth paying extra attention to any streaky marks for a polished look.
If your hob also has streaky marks on it you can use your water and vinegar solution to break down any grime. If you have any large lumps of grime on the hob leave to soak for a 15 – 30 minutes before wiping off. Once again use your microfiber cloth to remove any streaks. All you need to do now is rinse off your racks that have been soaking and tackle any stubborn burnt on marks before drying and putting them back in the oven.
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