Essential tips to leave your oven looking super clean without any chemicals


Ahead of Christmas day, where many of us will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen, here are some easy tips to transform your oven without using any harsh chemicals

Woman's hand in household cleaning oven in kitchen.
Cleaning the oven can be a tough job

Some domestic chores will never be our favourite – and are easy to ignore.

This includes cleaning the oven or the fridge, as well as unblocking the drains or finally defrosting the freezer.

It can take up a lot of time – and sometimes requires the use of harsh chemicals, which can’t be great for the environment.

According to a survey, the notoriously grim task of cleaning the oven is the household task Brits are dreading ahead of Christmas day.

But while there’s no magic wand to wave that’ll clean it for you, there are some simple ways to make the arduous task much easier.

And it doesn’t require much spending either – in fact, you might have the key ingredient in your kitchen already.

According to the Express, a simple mixture of white vinegar and water can do the trick.

Lots of grease can get built up in the oven
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It advises: “Taking care of your oven’s exterior is just as important as the interior.

“Place an old towel either on the floor or in the gap between the oven, where the door opens and remove any stuck-on food using a glass scraper or scouring pad, spray the glass with a mix of water and white vinegar before wiping away.

This works well because the acidic content of the vinegar creates a natural all-purpose cleaner.

You can also combine the vinegar with baking soda to create a cleaning solution.

One Reddit user said this method left her oven looking “brand new”.

She said: “I made a paste out of baking soda and water. Rub that all over your oven and leave it overnight.

“The next day, spray it with vinegar until it foams up and wipe it down with a damp cloth.

“Although it’s a lot of work, this method made my oven look brand spanking new.”

Oven valeting service Oven Nu also recommends using baking soda and vinegar to clean your stove.

What to do

Firstly, you should prepare your oven racks for cleaning. Remove them and wipe away any loose debris or crumbs.

Once your oven is wiped down, place one oven rack back inside on one of the lowest rungs.

Preheat your oven to its highest temperature.

Fill half a large, oven-safe bowl or pot with water and half a cup of vinegar.

Place the pot in your oven and leave for between 20 and 60 minutes. This will “steam” the mixture, loosening grease and dirt from the oven walls, floor and ceiling in the process.

Once the steaming process is complete, turn off your oven and allow it to cool down.

Wipe your oven with a clean, dry cloth.

Next, create a cleaning paste of 120ml of vinegar, two tablespoons of baking soda and 150ml of water. Use this to wipe away some of the stains.

Rinse your sponge and wipe the spots clean before drying them with a soft cloth.

Wash your oven shelves before replacing them. In some cases, oven shelves may need to be left to soak overnight.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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