It seems like nowadays everything associated with oven cleaning is a problem. There is no time to do it, the job itself is quite messy, and it seems like there is a new challenge to address every time you look in the oven.
While it is true that oven cleaning is one of the most hated household chores, there is no need to stress too much about it. It takes some knowledge on how to address the most common issues, which then become almost trivial. Following are a few of these and methods to treat them in the best possible manner:
- Smoke from the oven – it is true that smoke coming from the appliance could be a serious sign of malfunction. You should check that immediately. It must be pointed out that the most frequent cause of smoke from the oven is the accumulation of burnt-on food. Since this is potentially dangerous and quite troublesome, you need to deal with it as soon as possible. Removing burnt-on food largely depends on the type of oven you have, although timely removal with a spatula or a cloth towel is preferred for pretty much every appliance out there. You can also sprinkle charred areas with baking soda and let it sit overnight to ease wiping in the morning.
- Baked-on grease – surely there is nothing pleasant about scrubbing baked-on grease inside your oven. However, getting the right cleaner can make this a potentially easy task. Baking soda is there to help you too. Make a paste of baking soda and water, spread it all over the greasy surfaces and let it sit overnight. You will find it is easy to clean in the morning.
- Messy racks – if the baked-on grease is on the racks, you can soak them in the kitchen sink with some washing up liquid to help loosen the gunk. Racks are easy to clean, as long as you are thorough and precise in your effort. If your kitchen is small and the oven racks don’t fit in there, you can soak them in the bathroom tub.
- A dirty oven door – there are a variety of oven cleaning solutions that address the issue of the dirty oven door. You just need to follow the instructions on the label of whatever solution you have acquired. One thing to remember when cleaning the oven door is that you should mind unwanted drips. Place a mat under the oven door as it hinges open while you are cleaning it.
- Cleaning the hob – the way you approach cleaning the hob depends on what material the hob is made of. You want to avoid abrasive cleaners, as these can leave scratches and marks on the surface. Use soft, microfibre cloth to protect the surface further. As you spray your chosen cleaner for the job, don’t be quick to wipe it off. Leave it some time to work.
By following the outlined procedures and methods for tackling different oven cleaning tasks, you are surely going to have an easier time with the job.
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