Clean Your Oven Quickly and Easily With These 4 Tips

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How can I quickly clean my oven?

Cleaning your oven, typically one of those annoying chores that you would rather ask someone else to do. Because let’s be honest: who wants to scrub an encrusted baking tray. If you use your oven often, it’s sensible to clean it thoroughly every three months. Especially if you’re like me, and you don’t always wipe the oven clean after you’ve used it, the grease and burned remains will pile up. It’s time to get to work. Fortunately, there are a few practical tips that will help you keep the scrubbing at a minimum. Furthermore, none of these cleaning agents are bad for your health, because they do not contain any corrosive chemicals. Read more for 4 cleaning tips that’ll help you clean the oven of grease in no time.

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Lemon

Citric acid is perfect for breaking down grease. Slice a lemon and put the slices in an oven dish, in a layer of water. Put this in a preheated oven for 10 minutes, at 250 degrees. This will result in steam that will loosen the all the encrusted grime in the oven. Take the dish out of the oven and wipe the oven clean with a damp cloth.

Baking soda

Soda is a natural eliminator of odours and a very efficient cleaning agent. Mix 3 big tablespoons of baking soda and some tap water in a bowl. In the meantime, preheat the oven at 250 degrees. Put the bowl of water and soda in the oven and leave it for 30 minutes. The rest is the same as the trick with the lemon.

Dishwashing detergent

Dishwashing detergent has a degreasing effect, and this is exactly what you need to clean a dirty oven. Preheat the oven at 100 degrees. Mix a generous splash of detergent with water in a dish and put this in the oven. After half an hour, your oven and tray will be much easier to clean.

Kitchen grade vinegar

The last degreasing agent that you can use for your oven is kitchen grade vinegar. Mix a generous splash of vinegar with hot tap water and put this in the oven. Leave it in the oven at 100 degrees and let the steam and vinegar work their magic. After half an hour, you will be able to clean the oven with a damp cloth.

This is how you keep your oven from becoming a greasy, encrusted mess:

  1. Always put a piece of baking paper on the tray when you use it. You can just throw this away when it’s dirty, and this way the tray will remain as good as new.
  2. Make a habit out of wiping the oven clean after using it. This way you will remove bits of food residue and preventing them from becoming fixed inhabitants of your oven, that are pretty tricky to remove.
  3. Did you use your oven tray? Then wash it along with your dishes on the same day. Cleaning multiple layers of dirt on the oven tray is one of the things that makes cleaning the oven so unpleasant.
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