How To Clean Your Oven

Todays oven are easy to clean compared to our mother's generation. Two types of ovens help us do the work.

Due to the technologies of today, oven cleaning is no longer the arduous task it once was. For our grandmothers, it was a day long chore and they needed a lot of elbow grease.

Oven manufacturers often equip ovens with a continuous clean mode. Some ovens are called self-cleaning, which is, of course, not completely true. But, they certainly make the job easier.

With both types of ovens, it is helpful if you try to maintain the cleanliness of the oven interior. Wipe up all spills as they happen before they get baked on. Naturally, be careful not to burn yourself if the oven is still warm.

To save on cleanup time when you know you are cooking something that could overflow, you could cover the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil. Be sure the foil does not touch the electric element. Another keep clean trick is to line a cookie sheet with foil and put it underneath the rack you are cooking on.

Continous clean ovens are just that. They stay clean with a little dishwashing soap and water. The ovens maintain the stains so they do not harden and become difficult to remove.

Self-cleaning ovens assist you by making spills easier to clean. Depending on the make of the oven, you take out the wire oven racks, set the timer to clean mode and in 2-6 hours your oven is done with its self-cleaning. Some ovens, during the clean mode, will produce smoke and or fumes, so be sure to open windows and ventilate well. After the oven has cooled from the self-cleaning process, you are now ready to wipe the oven interior clean. The self-cleaning oven turns spills into a gray, ash residue. All you need is a lightly dampened sponge and wipe. Simple? Yes!

In addition to cleaning the interior, be sure to clean the inside of the door. Scrub the seal around the door with a gentle cleanser. Rinse the gasket with a damp sponge.

Now that the interior is clean, don't neglect the outside. Naturally, spills on the outside of the oven and on the cooktop are probably cleaned up as they happen. Occasionally, you can soak the burner racks in warm, soapy water. If you have a stove with a flat top(no burner racks)cleaning is simpler. Just spray with a gentle cleanser and wipe dry. You could also follow the manufacturer's directions. Spray a kitchen cleanser on the oven door and wipe clean.

You could use a window cleaner on the window if you so choose.

If you don't have a continuous-cleaning or self-cleaning oven, you could buy oven cleaner, rubber gloves and be ready to scrub. follow the directions on the can and, again, be sure to ventilate well. Many oven cleaners work overnight. Spray the oven before bed and in 6-8 hours it will be ready to clean-up. You might have to use some elbow grease, but it's still easier than 50 years ago. Be sure the oven is completely rinsed clean of oven cleaner residue. You would not want any of the cleaner to be in the oven when you cook.

Depending on how often there are spills in the oven, you should plan on cleaning your oven on a monthly basis.

Microwave ovens are simple to clean. All you need is water and dishwashing detergent. Wipe clean and dry. be sure to clean the oven door, too. Clean the window with window cleaner. Wipe down the buttons and/or knobs with antibacterial cleanser.

Cleaning your oven may not be your favorite chore, but it is a necessary one. Excessive spills can cause smoke and offensive fumes. It is also important to have a clean oven when you go to sell your home. A clean oven is a healthy oven.

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