Cleaning an oven is not the easiest of chores – especially if something is burnt inside. For this reason, homeowners most likely want to “do it later” – which leads to even bigger mess in their kitchen. The old dirt becomes more difficult to remove and you get more and more frustrated. Fortunately, there are many quick and easy methods to help you clean your oven and best of all you’ll probably already have most of the ingredients stored away in kitchen cupboards.
Cleaning grease and grime out of the inside of an oven is arguably one of the most difficult cleaning tasks in the kitchen, with many people turning to industrial-strength chemicals to get the job done.
However, Olly Cavner, Operations Manager at Essential Living, warned: “Most pre-mixed oven cleaners you can buy in the supermarkets or online should be avoided as they contain chemicals such as sodium hydroxide and butoxydiglycol that can be harmful to humans. The chemicals can often be irritants to the eyes and skin, and release fumes that can negatively affect the respiratory system.”
So for those looking to clean their oven without using harsh chemicals, the cleaning expert has shared four of “the best homemade solutions for a sparkling clean finish”.
Water and lemon juice
A good staple in most kitchens, lemons are useful for so much more than just adding to your favourite dish, and just like vinegar, it’s a terrific cleaning agent – especially when it comes to oven cleaning.
READ MORE: Remove ‘yellow’ toilet seat stains without chemicals in minutes
Baking soda paste
Many people reach for chemicals believing that chemical oven cleaners are the only thing powerful enough to touch the burnt-on stains. However, baking soda is an excellent oven cleaner.
The cleaning expert explained: “If you want to clean your oven without needing to turn it on and use energy, a mixture of baking soda, warm water and salt always does the trick.
“Apply the solution to the inside of the oven, including the racks and trays, and leave it all to soak overnight.”
If you need to be quick, you can leave the paste for about an hour. However, the longer the paste is left in the oven, the better the results will be.
Olly continued: “Once the stains have softened and the paste has helped to dissolve the grease, wipe the insides down with a soft sponge or cloth.”
READ MORE: ‘Most effective combination’ to remove grease and grime for your oven
White vinegar and water
White vinegar and water together make a natural all-purpose cleaner, which works due to the acidic content of the vinegar.
The cleaning suggested that for smaller, lighter stains in the oven, Britons can use a simple solution of water mixed with vinegar. He said: “Soak a cloth in the solution and gently scrub the inside to remove any residue, before rinsing it out with warm water.”
Be sure to rinse your cleaning tool regularly to ensure you are not simply moving dirt and food around inside the oven.
Change out sponges or cloths partway through the cleaning process, if need be, to ensure a clean surface to scrub the oven.
White vinegar and cornstarch
Another homemade oven cleaner can be made with cornflour and white vinegar. The key ingredient here is cornflour.
It’s a great replacement for those who don’t have baking soda. However, keep in mind that it’s not as effective as baking soda, but if bicarbonate of soda is not at hand, cornflour is a good substitute.
For this trick Olly advised: “Stir together a cup of vinegar and a cup of cornstarch into a pan and heat the mixture until it thickens, then let it cool. Once the solution cools, apply it to the interior of the oven and leave it for 30 minutes to do its work.
“After 30 minutes, use the rough side of the sponge to remove any stubborn stains and wipe the rest of the oven clean with a cloth before drying with kitchen roll.”