Cleaning a stove has a bad reputation because it takes time, it can be combined with scrubbing, and everyone gets a bit worried when they have to put their heads in an oven. But the task still has to be done from time to time. If you go for a long time without cleaning the walls and shelves of your oven, it can always smell funky while heating up, possibly causing a fire hazard or ruining your food.
Depending on what type of oven you have, there are a few different ways to clean your oven. If you are self-cleaning, congratulations; It will be much easier for you. If it's an older model without this feature, you'll have to work a little more. In any case, here is a brief guide to cleaning a stove without the use of harsh chemicals.
In the oven: self-cleaning ovens
The interior of the oven is one of the most neglected parts of a kitchen. It is one of these "out of sight". Gunk can build on the walls, and the more you cook, the harder it is to scrape off the dirt.
If you do not know if your stove can clean itself or not, look at the Nob and there will be a setting for cleaning. This process is not complicated; All it does is to heat the oven to a really high heat and burn everything in it. Your oven will give off a pretty horrible smell, so open windows and keep kids and pets away from the kitchen until they've cooled off.
Step 1- For some ovens you have to lock them yourself, but others will lock automatically when you start the cleaning process. Check your oven safety lock to make sure you know how to use it.
Step 2- Press the button or move the button to activate cleaning.
Step 3- It takes two to six hours for the process to complete and the door opens when finished.
Step 4- Allow to cool for a few hours before opening to avoid scalding grease.
Step 5- When you open the door, there will be a pile of scorched grease and scraps of food. All you have to do is sweep or wipe, and the interior is ready. If the racks are still a bit sticky, you can take them out and soak them in the sink for half an hour and then wipe everything off.
Alternative Option: Steam Cleaning
Ovens, especially those with convection settings, can also offer a "Steam Clean" mode – Samsung, Whirpool, GE and other oven models can be equipped with this feature. This mode prompts you to pour a cup of water directly into the oven before turning the cleaning mode on. The steam helps to dissolve and remove burnt fragments, and facilitates oven drying when the cycle is over (and the smell is not so bad). If the oven has a steam cleaning function, try it first!
In the oven: Self-cleaning oven
Many older ovens do not clean themselves, so you'll need to use some elbow grease. There are a few ways to fight the nooks and crannies of your oven. The first and simplest way is to make the oven cleaner, spray it, spray everything, let it dry and wipe it clean. If you worry about vapors from the vacuum cleaner or the environment, you can make your own cleaner with baking soda and water. We will discuss the DIY method in the steps.
Step 1- Remove the racks and place them in warm water and detergent for several hours. Usually enough for a large sink. Those with very large oven racks could instead consider the bathtub.
Step 2- Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a spray bottle and fill the rest with water. Shake it to dissolve the baking soda.
Step 3- Spray evenly on each surface
Step 4- Let it soak for an hour. If you go back and the dirt is still stuck there, spray again and wait another hour.
Step 5- Wipe it with warm water. You can use a car windscreen scraper to get away from the really stubborn parts. A special stove brush is particularly suitable for hard scrubbing work, so consider getting one of them.
Step 6- If the walls are still greasy after removing the baking soda, dilute two tablespoons of vinegar with warm water and quickly wipe everything off. The vinegar reacts with the baking powder and lets it drain off with a washcloth that leaves a nice shine.
After rinsing and drying the cuttings, put them back in and the inside of the oven is ready
Cleaning the door
You can clean the door of your oven just as you did inside with oven cleaner or baking soda , If you have a window in the door, you can use glass cleaner on the inside and outside of the window. Remove any food or grease that has dripped down the stove from the stove top with warm water and soap.
Cleaning the hob
Cleaning the inside of a stove So take a break before you go to the stove – you deserve it. The outside is much easier.
Step 1- Remove all grilles and if they need to be washed, let them soak in a mixture of water and detergent, as you did with the oven grates. If they're okay, just stack them aside.
Step 2- Here you are faced with the same decision you had before, whether you should use an industrial cleaner or make your own. If you make your own, use the same baking soda and water mixture from before, then follow vinegar as before.
Step 3- Place the cleaner you select on the entire surface of the stove and wash it with warm water. Some crust baked may need to be hard-cleaned to remove them. When done, lightly wipe the hob with a normal household cleaner and wipe it off with a paper towel to remove the oil streaks, which can sometimes get stuck after drying.
Step 4- The grid and you are ready to start cooking.
Not all stoves have grilles, and if they do, you will obviously not remove them for cleaning. For a glass top oven you will need special detergents to avoid streaks, and that can be found in a grocery store. To use it, just put a little on top and use a warm washcloth or a green scrub pad to scrub the entire top, and then use warm water to rinse it off. You can dry it with a towel or let it air dry, depending on when you start cooking.
Now that you have conquered the oven, get a delicious drink to celebrate.