Best Methods For Cleaning Ranges

A guide to the best products and methods for cleaning gas and electric oven ranges.

Keeping your oven range clean will aid in its function as well as create an atmosphere of cleanliness throughout your kitchen. Cleaning on a weekly basis, or after a cooking disaster, will make this household chore easier and less dreadful.

The best cleaning products to use on oven ranges, from old to new, are vinegar, ammonia, baking soda, dishwashing detergent and water. A brush, clean cotton cloths and floral wire or a thin skewer will aid in the ease of cleaning. Scouring powders, pads or aerosol cleaning agents may be necessary with an extremely dirty or fire-touched range.

To keep the outside of any range clean, first allow it to cool before washing. Wash the outside with hot to warm water and dishwashing detergent. Use a wet, cotton cloth to wipe the outside areas. To clean between dials or switches, use a slim floral wire or skewer wrapped with a piece of cloth. Holding the warm, wet cloth directly on the stain for a few minutes can eliminate a stubborn spot or baked-on food product on the range's exterior. If the stain persists, rub with moist baking soda and then wipe with the cloth. This method will allow the food or stain to soften, reducing the elbow grease need.

Wipe metal trim with a damp cloth and dry immediately to prevent spots and streaks.

To clean an electric range, be certain the range is turned off and is cool. To eliminate food spilled on electric burners, simple tilt the burner and remove, wipe off with a damp cloth. Stubborn stains may benefit from a burn off; keep the burners attached to the range and place the burner on a high heat setting. Turn on the overhead fan and watch the burner carefully to prevent fires. To clean the drip pans below the burners, remove the burner and soak the pans in hot water and dishwashing detergent. Burned food and stains can be removed by applying aerosol oven cleaner directly to the drip pans and scrubbing with a scouring pad. Before returning drip pans and burners to the range, wipe around the heating elements and shelf that holds the burner in place. Dry thoroughly and place clean drip pans and burners in place.

To clean a gas range, remove the grates, drip pans and burner bowls. Wash each in warm water and dishwashing detergent. A mixture of one cup of vinegar to a gallon of hot water will assist with stains if allowed to soak for thirty minutes or so. Wash thoroughly with a cloth or brush, rinse and dry.

Examine the gas burners metal rings. Each ring has holes to allow the gas access. These holes need to be clear of obstruction so utilize a skewer or floral wire to unstop any clogs. Rinse the rings in hot water and place in a three hundred degree oven for fifteen minutes to dry. Once dry put the rings back the way they came out. In addition, double check the pilot light and relight with a match if needed.

To clean the interior of an oven, remove all food particles, grease or ash off of the oven walls with a damp cloth. An aerosol cleaner will help achieve a sparkling, just-like-new look if needed. Be certain to read and follow the directions on the package. A homemade method can be used to clean as well. A cup of ammonia placed in a cold oven overnight will loosen any food or burnt particles. Remove the ammonia in the morning and scrub the oven racks with a scouring powder and pad. Wipe the oven walls with a hot, wet cloth or use a scouring pad for troublesome stains. Rinse and dry the inside and door of the oven.

An easy method to clean to the oven rack, if elbow grease is out of the question, is to place them in a dishwasher. This method will clean the racks but might dull the shiny finish.

Though this household chore is one easily ignored or put off, using these tips can help make the problem easier.

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