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HAWT DAMN – 4 Easy Steps to Deep Clean Your Oven Like @GoCleanCo

March 16, 2022

You know your oven needs cleaning. You can see it. There are chunks of burnt food and charred particles sitting on the bottom. Then there’s the grease caked on the lights and racks. It’s so filthy that you start having second thoughts about whether you should even be using it to cook food anymore.

While some manufacturers do make a self-clean feature on their appliances, these cleaning cycles aren’t as effective as you might like. They can perform some basic cleaning functions, but they aren’t removing scoops of burnt food matter. 

You may think cleaning the oven is the worst job in the house, but it really doesn’t have to be. We assure you that you won’t blow yourself up if your oven is gas. And when you’re done, you’ll wonder why the hell you put it off for so long. Trust us!

The Dangers of a Dirty Oven

A dirty oven is more than an eyesore. It actually comes with a number of dangers and unwanted side effects, including:

  • Safety issues. A dirty oven can be a fire hazard. When food and grease build up inside the oven, it could eventually give way to excess smoke or even flames. The smoke is not only a risk to the house, but it could prove dangerous when breathed in. 
  • Unwanted flavors. Some foods, like a steak or chicken breast, taste good with a smokey flavor. But leave smoking to the backyard barbeque. Nobody wants smokey bread or cupcakes – especially when the smoke is coming from year-old grease caked on the bottom of your oven.
  • Unpleasant smells. Finally, let’s not forget about the unwanted smells that a filthy stove creates. All it takes is a little bit of buildup and your entire house will smell when you use the oven..

In other words, just clean the damn oven – it’s not worth it!

Thankfully, cleaning your oven doesn’t have to be a pain. Below, you’ll find a fool-proof how-to for oven cleaning where YOU get all the credit!

4 Steps to a Sparkling Clean Oven

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Step 1 – Take Out Your Oven Racks

If you’re a part of the #cleaningarmy, you know the drill. Whether it’s an entire laundry room, a playroom, or an oven, a good deep clean always starts with removing everything from the space so that you can get into every nook and cranny. This means step one is to take out your oven racks.

  • Place the racks in the sink with two dishwasher tabs (USA) (Canada) and very hot water. Let them soak for 2 hours. The dishwasher tabs lift the grease easily, usually without much scrubbing. You can also use a large Tupperware container or bathtub, but if using your bathtub, please protect it from scratches by placing towels down first.
  • If there is a lot of grime, you may need to spray them down with an oven cleaner (USA) (Canada) and place them in a garbage bag (instead of soaking them).. The bag holds in the heat from the chemical reaction between the gunk and the cleaner, and it helps the product penetrate better. Please be VERY careful when spraying oven cleaner. It will eat the finish off countertops, backsplashes and hardwood floors.

Step 2 – Spray The Inside Of Your Oven

An essential part of this job is using the correct product for your type of oven. If your oven is self-cleaning, use only a fume-free oven cleaner. The heavy-duty oven cleaners can erode the interior lining of self-cleaning ovens, making this feature less effective and causing damage. 

If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, you can find it on the control panel and the door will have a lock feature. Always follow the directions as stated on the product label. Open a window when using oven cleaner. You might even want to wear a mask to prevent breathing in the fumes. These are stable aerosol chemicals but do not use them near an open flame.

  • Lay down some paper towels or newspapers on the floor surrounding the oven before you start. This will prevent the oven cleaner from ending up on your floor. 
  • Spray the inside of your oven, including the glass on the door. Don’t be shy and spray it down well! Ensure that it doesn’t drip down to the warming drawer or any cabinets below and immediately wipe down any overspray that may have occurred. 
  • Close the oven door and walk away. Oven cleaner needs time to work, so let it sit and penetrate for at least an hour.

Step 3 – Send In The SOS

Now for some light elbow grease and an SOS pad (USA) (Canada). Wearing gloves (USA) (Canada) is necessary as this is a messy job, and the chemicals will burn your skin.

  • Scrub the entire oven, including the interior door glass, with an SOS pad. If there is excess burnt-on grease, you may need to repeat these steps as the oven cleaner works in layers. (If you haven’t cleaned your oven in a while, this might be the case.) 
  • Use a wet sponge, cloth, or paper towel to wipe off the mess from scrubbing. 
  • When it’s clean, and you’ve removed all the oven cleaner residue, spray the interior oven glass with Windex (USA) (Canada) and polish it like a shiny penny. 

Step 4 – Cook Off The Chemicals

The final step is to heat your oven to eliminate any excess oven cleaner. Keep pets and children out of the kitchen while doing this.

  • With the oven door closed, heat your oven for 15 minutes, leaving the windows open and hood vent running. If there is any excess oven cleaner residue, it will burn off. 
  • When the inside is done, polish the exterior, Windex the exterior oven glass and call it a day.

Technically, you can use your oven immediately after cleaning it, but we recommend ordering dinner! 

– Katie W @gocleanco

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