Whether you are deep cleaning to put your home on the market or just starting your spring cleaning checklist, thoroughly cleaning an oven takes the right tools and techniques. Here are helpful tips to clean your oven to get rid of baked-on food and debris.

Let the Oven Cool Completely

Even if you just burned food on the bottom of your oven, the appliance needs to be completely cool before you clean it. Take out the oven racks and open the door fully. If the oven is not too hot, use a paper towel to sweep out pieces of burnt food from the bottom. Wait for it to cool completely before proceeding.

Choose the Right Oven Cleaner

To clean an oven, choose an effective cleaner. The best oven cleaner is one that you already have on hand. Most homeowners have baking soda in the pantry. Baking soda is an excellent substance for cleaning because it can be mixed with water to make a paste that cuts through grease and grime. Mix half a cup of baking soda with warm water until it creates a thick paste that can be spread on the bottom of your oven. Wipe it on and allow it to sit.

Clean the Oven Racks

It is awkward to clean large oven racks. If you have a big enough sink in your kitchen or a utility sink in the basement or garage, soak them in soapy water until the grease loosens. If there is a lot of grime caked on the racks, you may need to let them soak overnight before the dirt wipes off easily.

You’ll Need Time to Clean Your Oven

Baking soda, dish soap, and other cleaners work the best when you have at least eight hours for them to sit. Plan your oven cleaning for a period of time where you will not need to use the appliance for at least 12 hours. Letting the cleaner sit overnight is a great solution. Finish the cleaning process up in the morning. After soaking, wipe away the baking soda paste with a damp, clean cloth.

Keeping the oven clean extends the appliance’s lifespan and makes food taste better. Follow the above tips to clean your oven easily.

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