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How to clean an oven

If you’ve noticed that your oven is starting to smell or you can no longer see the glass door, it’s time to clean it. Knowing how to clean your oven can make this task much less work. With just a few household products and the right application best electric range looks new again.

Oven cleaning is something that everyone should do. Otherwise, it can spoil the smell of the food you’re cooking or burn off dripping residue, causing excessive smoke. In severe cases, a dirty oven can even cause a fire. That’s why you should take the time to clean your oven regularly. Here we show you how to do it step by step.

If your stove needs some TLC, you can check that out too. how to clean cast iron stove grates.

How often should you clean your oven?

This largely depends on how often you use the oven and how much residue builds up in it. In general, it is good practice to lightly clean the oven once a month and then deep clean it every 2-3 months.

What do you need to clean your oven?

Or an oven cleaner or baking soda and white distilled vinegar

dishwasher detergent

rubber gloves

towel or newspaper

Microfiber cloths or sponge and mop

empty spray bottle

Telltale signs that the oven needs cleaning include smoke building up inside and potentially triggering sensitive smoke alarms. If you’re having trouble seeing through the glass door due to oil and splashes, that’s another sign. Finally, you can smell smoke and oil when it’s time to clean. It’s also a good idea to quickly check the oven after every meal; If you see any fresh residue, clean it immediately or it will burn.

What does the self-cleaning function do in an oven?

Before you begin, make sure your oven comes with a self-cleaning program, and if so, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for how often you should run it. There are two types of self-cleaning ovens; pyrolytic and steam cleaning.

During a pyrolytic self-cleaning cycle that can take several hours, the oven locks up and reaches temperatures of 500 degrees Celsius or 900 degrees Fahrenheit. High temperatures will turn any residue to ash and once the cycle is complete, simply brush clean. However, make sure you don’t need the oven during the cycle as the oven will always be locked.

It’s also a good idea to run this program on a cold day when you can open the window, because you will feel the effects of the heat in the kitchen and it can also produce an odor. We do not recommend running this program if the oven is particularly dirty and contains a lot of food residue. Remove this residue beforehand as it will cause excessive smoke.

Steam cleaning ovens use steam to pre-release debris, but you have to clean it manually afterwards. These cycles are much faster than pyrolytics, run at a lower temperature and don’t produce as much odor, but require more elbow grease.

If your oven comes with a self-cleaning program but you prefer to use a standard oven cleaner, make sure the cleaner’s components are compatible. Some chemicals will etch the enamel inside self-cleaning ovens, so it’s best to always check your manual.

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How can you keep your oven clean?

  • to invest oven lining. These are designed to protect your oven floor by catching any spills. These can be easily removed and cleaned or replaced if necessary.
  • Keep an eye on your oven. After each meal, inspect the oven for grease or dripping. It is much easier to clean immediately than to burn once.
  • Clean the oven more regularly. Be sure to schedule regular cleaning of your oven rather than leaving it on until needed. Cleaning it more often will make the job much easier and keep your oven in top working condition.
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How to clean an oven

If you’ve noticed your oven has started to smell or you can’t see through the glass door anymore, then it’s time to give it a clean. Knowing how to clean your oven can make this chore much less of a burden. With just a few household products and the right application, you can get your best electric range looking like new again.
Cleaning the oven is something everyone needs to do. If you don’t, it can compromise the smell of the food you cook within, or cause excess smoke by burning any residue which has dripped down. In severe cases, an unclean oven can even lead to fires. That’s why you must take the time to regularly clean your oven. Here, we take you through how to do it, step-by-step. 
If your stove needs some TLC, you can also check out how to clean cast iron stove grates.  
How often should you clean your oven?
This largely depends on how often you use your oven and how much residue builds up inside of it. In general, it’s good practice to lightly clean the oven once a month and then deep clean it every 2-3 months.  
What you will need to clean your oven
Either an oven cleaner or baking soda and white distilled vinegar
Dishwasher detergent
Rubber gloves
Towels or newspaper
Microfiber cloths or sponge and scourer
Empty spray bottle
Tell-tale signs of the oven needing cleaning include smoke building up within, potentially setting off sensitive smoke alarms. If you’re struggling to see through the glass door due to grease and splatterings, then that’s another sign. Lastly, you can smell smoke and grease when it’s time to give it a clean. It’s also a good idea to check the oven quickly after each meal; if you notice any fresh residue, wipe it up immediately, otherwise it will burn on.  
What does the self-clean function do on an oven?
Before you start, check if your oven comes with a self-clean program and if it does, follow what the manufacturer recommends in terms of how often you should run it. There are two types of self-cleaning ovens; pyrolytic and steam cleaning. 
During a pyrolytic self-clean cycle, which can last several hours, the oven will be locked and reach temperatures of 500 degrees celsius or 900 degrees fahrenheit. The high temperatures will reduce any residue to ash and once the cycle is finished, you simply brush it out. However, be sure to check that you won’t need the oven for the duration of the cycle as it will be locked throughout.
It’s also a good idea to run this program on a cool day when you can open a window as you will feel the effects of the heat in the kitchen and it can produce a smell, too. We wouldn’t recommend running this program if the oven is particularly dirty with lots of food residue inside of it. Remove this residue beforehand as it will cause excessive smoke. 
Steam clean ovens use steam to pre-loosen any residue, but you will need to manually clean it afterwards. These cycles are much faster than pyrolytic, operate at a lower temperature and don’t produce as much smell, but they do require more elbow grease. 
If your oven comes with a self-clean program, but you would rather use a standard oven cleaner, be sure to check that the ingredients in the cleaner are compatible. Some chemicals will erode the enamel within self-cleaning ovens, so it’s always best to check with the manual.   
How to clean an oven

How to keep your oven clean
Invest in an oven liner. These are designed to protect the floor of your oven by catching any spills. These can be easily removed and cleaned, or if necessary, replaced.  
Keep an eye on your oven. After every meal, inspect your oven for any grease or splatters. Cleaning these up immediately is a lot easier than once burned on.   
Clean the oven more regularly. Make sure you schedule to regularly clean your oven, rather than leaving it until necessary. Cleaning it more often will make the chore much easier and keep your oven in the best working condition. 
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