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How to Clean an Oven the Right Way

Eat This, Not That! logo Eat This, Not That! 10/29/2019 April Benshosan
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Soaping up your oven may seem daunting, especially when you've only used the machine's self-cleaning function before. However, it's a job that needs to get done in order for you to prevent bacteria and stinky smells from penetrating your healthy meals. To help you tackle the job, we've enlisted the expertise of Claudia Sidoti, principal chef at HelloFresh, to show us exactly how to clean an oven once and for all.

And if you need some inspiration for using your favorite kitchen go-to, check out 118 Comfort Food Recipes That Guarantee a Delicious Meal!

How to clean an oven using store-bought cleaner

Using a store-bought cleaner such as Easy-Off will help you get the job done quickly and effortlessly. Here's how to do it:

  1. Be sure to remove everything from your oven, including racks.
  2. Lay out newspapers, paper towels or some form of a protective layer on the floor underneath your oven.
  3. Spray oven cleaner around the inside of your oven, covering all sides, door, corners, etc. If you have an electric oven, lift the heating elements and spray underneath. Close the oven when done spraying.
  4. Based on the cleaning product's label instructions, let the spray sit. Most will need about 25-30 minutes.
  5. While you're waiting, take your oven racks outside, spray them with the same cleaner, and leave racks outside for the time listed on the label.
  6. Once the time is up, take a damp cloth, open the oven, and wipe down everything. If there are grimy, caked-on spots, use a scrubbing sponge.
  7. Rinse racks in the sink with hot, soapy water. Use a scrubbing sponge as needed on any caked-on spots. Dry racks and place them back in the oven. Your oven is clean!

How to clean an oven using baking soda and vinegar

If you're not too keen on purchasing a spray, you can also DIY your own oven cleanser. Baking soda and vinegar are two natural ingredients that can remove burnt-on grease, but it'll take a little more time. To clean your oven using this natural method, Sidoti recommends mixing baking soda with vinegar into a thick paste. "Spread the mixture throughout oven and allow the  mixture to rest for at least 12 hours, or overnight, in the oven," Sidoti says. "Meanwhile, clean your oven racks. After 12 hours or overnight, take a damp dish cloth and wipe out as much of the dried baking soda paste as you can." Now that you know how to clean an oven, find out why 350 degrees is your oven's magic temperature!

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