What is the best way to clean a very dirty oven?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “what is the best way to clean a very dirty oven?”. An in-depth analysis is the best way to clean a very dirty oven. Moreover, we will also discuss different methods of cleaning a dirty oven.

What is the best way to clean a very dirty oven?

The best way to clean a very dirty oven is by using baking soda, vinegar, and lemons. Cleaning a dirty oven can also be done using some quality cleaners. 

How to clean your oven with store-bought cleaning products?

  1. Remove everything from your oven—racks, pizza stone, thermometer, etc.
  2. Lay out newspapers or paper towels on the floor beneath your oven.
  3. Put on your gloves and safety glasses. Spray the oven cleaner around the inside of your oven, covering the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corners, and crevices. If you have an electric oven, don’t spray on the heating elements; instead, simply lift them and spray underneath. If you have a gas oven, don’t spray where the gas comes through. Close the oven when you’re done.
  4. Let the spray sit for the time listed on the label (most cleaners will need about 20 – 30 minutes).
  5. In the meantime, take your oven racks outside, spray them with the cleaner and place them in a large plastic garbage bag. Either tie or twist the top shut. Leave racks outside in the bag for the time listed on the cleaning label.
  6. Once the appropriate amount of time has passed, take a damp cloth rag, open the oven and wipe down all surfaces. If there are extra sticky spots, use wet scouring pumice, a microfiber sponge, or another abrasive tool to remove all grime. Be sure to hit every crack and crevice so that you aren’t leaving any traces of dirt or cleaner behind.
  7. Remove racks from the bag and rinse them in your sink with hot, soapy water. Again, use pumice, sponge, or another abrasive tool as needed on any crusted-on chunks. Dry racks and place them back in the oven.
  8. You’re done.

How to clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar?

  1. Remove everything from your oven—racks, pizza stone, thermometer, etc.
  2. Lay out newspapers or paper towels on the floor beneath your oven.
  3. Grab a small bowl and mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Tweak the ratio until you have a spreadable paste.
  4. Put on your gloves and use your fingers, spread the paste around the inside of your oven, covering the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corners, and crevices. If you have an electric oven, don’t put the paste on the heating elements. If you have a gas oven, don’t put the paste where the gas comes through. Close the oven when you’re done.
  5. Allow the paste to sit for 10 – 12 hours, or overnight.
  6. In the meantime, place racks in your kitchen sink (or bathtub, if you have extra-large racks). Sprinkle baking soda on your racks and then pour vinegar on top. This combination will foam. When the foaming stops, plug your sink or tub and run the hot water until the racks are fully covered.
  7. Allow racks to sit for 10 – 12 hours, or overnight.
  8. After 10 – 12 hours, put on your gloves again and take a damp cloth rag, open the oven and wipe down all surfaces. If there are extra sticky spots, use wet scouring pumice, a microfiber sponge, or another abrasive tool to remove all grime.
  9. If there are chunks of paste that won’t come off easily, put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on the chunks. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and foam. Take your damp cloth again and wipe off all foam.
  10. Remove racks from the water and scrub with a cloth rag until all grease and grime are gone. Use the pumice or microfiber sponge on any tough spots.
  11.   Dry racks and place them back in the oven.
  12. You’re done.

How to clean your oven with lemons?

  1. Fill a medium-sized, oven-proof mixing bowl with water. Cut two lemons in half and place them in the bowl.
  2. Heat your oven to 250 degrees.
  3. Once heated, place the mixing bowl inside on one of the racks. Leave for one hour.
  4. After an hour, turn off the oven, open the door and let it cool slightly.
  5. While the oven is still warm (but cool enough that you could safely touch the inside without getting burned), put on gloves, take a damp cloth and wipe down all surfaces, including the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corners, and crevices. 
  6. If needed, use wet scouring pumice, a microfiber sponge, another abrasive tool, or another abrasive tool to target any extra sticky spots. Be sure to wipe thoroughly so that you remove all grease and grime.
  7. You’re done.

Conclusion:

In this brief guide, we have answered the question “what is the best way to clean a very dirty oven?”. An in-depth analysis of what is the best way to clean a very dirty oven. Moreover, we have also discussed different methods of cleaning a dirty oven.

Citations:

https://www.marthastewart.com/1062857/how-clean-oven
https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-an-oven-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-201191
https://www.thekitchn.com/cleaning-the-oven-thats-never-been-cleaned-liveblogging-the-kitchn-cure-fall-2013-195641

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.