Extreme Cleaning Methods That Will Return The Initial Shine To Your Oven
November 28, 2018 09:35 By Fabiosa
An oven is an indispensable kitchen appliance used to cook a variety of dishes. It isn’t surprising that at some point it starts to smell unpleasant and look so bad that it is hard to imagine it is used for cooking and not for garbage disposal. Today, we will tell you how to turn your everyday helper back into a shiny kitchen superstar.
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Basic oven care secrets
- Always wipe the inside after cooking.
- Warm the oven to 120°F before cleaning.
- Remove all items that can be washed separately.
- Don’t peel the dirt off with metal scrapers. It will damage the oven’s enamel!
- Leave the door open after washing to let excess moisture and smell evaporate.
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Method 1. Tried and tested
First, you need to get everything out of the oven, including the thermometer. Mix ½ cup of soda with water until the mixture resembles paste. Apply the product all over the oven, avoiding contact with the heating elements. Don’t forget to wear gloves! Leave everything for 12 hours. After that, take a damp cloth and enjoy the dirt easily wiping off the oven walls. If it doesn’t get perfectly clean, use a spray bottle (with a mix of vinegar and water) to apply onto the walls. As a result, you will get a thick foam that will help you remove any dirt leftovers. Rinse well when finished.
Method 2. Quick fix
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This method is suitable if you want to solve the problem of a dirty oven quickly. Remove everything unnecessary from it; you can leave the grill. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour water into a baking tray and add a bag of citric acid or a generous amount of dishwashing detergent. Place the baking tray into the preheated oven. Leave for 40 minutes until the water boils. When all the elements are steamed, and the window is sweating, turn off the oven. Let it cool down for half an hour. Wipe everything with a sponge afterwards.
Method 3. Special care
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Remove everything from the oven, and use a brush and a special oven-safe detergent to wash it. Be sure to wear gloves when working with such chemicals. After you clean the surface, heat the oven to 250°F for 15-30 minutes. After that, clean the oven of any residual dirt and grease. Don’t forget to wipe the outside of the door!
Method 4. Overnight steam
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Remove everything from the oven (you can leave the grill in) and heat to 150°F. Turn off the oven, then place an oven-safe bowl containing 1 cup of ammonia on the top shelf, and below it a pot of boiling water. Don’t forget to open the kitchen windows! Leave it overnight (if you are in a hurry and the oven isn't too grimy, then 30-40 minutes should do the trick). Wash off the dirt with a damp sponge when everything cools down.
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These simple ways will transform your oven into a shiny kitchen appliance so that you can continue delighting your family and friends with tasty dishes. Don’t forget about the basic rules of oven care; in that way, you'll end up using the other methods much less often!
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