It’s so easy to ignore a dirty oven. After all, it’s usually out of sight, out of mind. But eventually, all that baked-on food results in something you can’t ignore any longer.
A smoking oven and a smelly kitchen.
If you look at the ingredients for most oven cleaning products, you’ll be shocked at their contents. They are loaded with incredibly harsh chemicals. Do you want these chemicals in the same place where you cook food for your family? We sure don’t.
But it’s not like you have to just put up with a filthy oven in order to keep your family away from harmful chemicals. You can still conquer baked-on messes and grease splatter using some tried and true methods. All you’ll need is a scrub brush, a washcloth or sponge, Sink SCRUB™, a spray bottle filled with water, Dish Soap, and All Purpose Natural Cleaner. (You may want to grab some steel wool for seriously messy ovens.)
Step 1. Remove oven trays and set aside. Spray the full interior of the oven with All Purpose Natural Cleaner so all surfaces are damp.
Step 2. Sprinkle Sink SCRUB™ in a thick layer over the oven floor. Spray with water until it forms an even paste. You can also create a heavy duty paste by adding a squirt of Dish Soap with the Sink SCRUB™ and water.
Step 3. Grab your scrub brush and work the paste into the bottom and sides of the oven. Create more paste as needed so that the full surface of the oven is coated with the mixture. The walls will only need a light coating, while the bottom (usually the worst off in an oven) should have a thick layer.
Step 4. Leave the paste to sit for several hours or overnight. Make sure no one accidentally turns on the oven.
Step 5. Spray down the paste again using your All Purpose Cleaner. Scrub again, before wiping the mixture away with a wet cloth or rag. The grime will come up with it! Stubborn baked-on food may require more than one application, as well as some additional scrubbing.
Step 6. Remove all remaining residue with your sponge. It’s important to thoroughly wash away all the residue before using the oven, as any remaining baking soda may begin to smoke!
Turn Your Attention to the StoveTop
Since you’re cleaning the inside, the outside may as well get some deep-cleaning as well. Before you just get going, look around for your owner’s manual for information on the best cleaning methods for your model. If you can’t find that, a quick online search should reveal the directions you need to get going.
Step 1. Take the knobs, burners, burner covers, and spill catchers off of the stove. Place these in a full sink of hot, soapy water and scrub them clean.
Step 2. Wipe away crumbs and debris from the stovetop. Follow the appropriate guidelines for the best ways to clean your model’s cooktop, gas burners, electric burners, and a range hood.
Step 3. Return all oven pieces after they’ve finished drying.
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