Of all the appliances in kitchens, ovens seem to be the most cumbersome to clean.
It’s not surprising because the grime is literally baked on every time you use your oven. So, if you shudder every time you open the oven door, these tips will be a sanity saver for you.
Hack #1. Bake away the grime
Mix 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar in an oven-safe bowl and stir into a thick paste. Dab half the paste onto any thick, grime-encrusted patches.
Place the oven bowl on the top shelf of your oven. Bake for 45 minutes at 100°C. Once the oven has cooled slightly, use a damp sponge or scourer to easily wipe away the grime.
Hack #2. Clean your racks in the bath
To clean your oven racks, grab an old towel, old toothbrush, 1 cup of washing powder, your scummy oven racks and head into the bathroom. Lay the towel down in the bottom of the bath to protect it and stack your dirty racks on top of the towel.
Pop the plug in the drain and fill the bath with hot water until it covers your racks. Sprinkle the powder over the racks and make sure it’s mixed evenly with the water. Leave it to soak overnight then give the racks a good scrub and a rinse with an old toothbrush. Good as new.
Hack #3. Let lemons do the cleaning
If you’re keen to use less harsh cleaning agents, you can also clean your oven with lemons. Cut five lemons in half, squeeze the juice into a baking tray and place the squeezed lemon ends in the tray as well.
Bake at 250°C for 30 minutes. Allow the oven to cool and wipe it out with a damp cloth.
Hack #4. Use a dishwasher tablet
Give your oven door a once over with a dishwasher tablet. Simply dip the end of the tablet in water and rub it over the oven door like an eraser. Leave it to sit for 5 minutes and wipe it off with a damp cloth.
Hack #5. Use a paste to clean the inside
Mix 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap with 1 1/2 cups of baking soda and 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Mix it into a paste and dab around the inside of your oven with an old toothbrush or abrasive sponge.
Allow it to sit overnight and wipe away the paste the following day with a sponge and clean water.