Our guide for oven cleaning
Oven cleaning has got to be one our least favourite jobs to carry out inside our homes, unless you have a self cleaning oven, cleaning your oven is not only time consuming, it can be hard work especially if we do not use the right cleaning products. It is not at the top of our list of priorities due to the fact it takes so long and it is also a very dirty grimy job, that nobody likes doing. You have two choices when it comes to cleaning your oven, you can carry out the oven cleaning yourself or you can call in a professional to do it for you, we have put together this guide to help you clean your oven yourself for just a few pounds.
There are lots of different products on the market these days that claim to clean your oven and leave it looking as good as new, from kits to sprays and foams, as a professional cleaning company morgan Cleaning Services has used lots of different products from standard shop bought cleaning products to commercial bought cleaning products. Some have shown very dramatic results where others have not, here we will give our tried and tested opinion on what works and what doesn’t to help you decide on what product to use.
Oven cleaning kits
Manufacturers have gotten wise and figured out that we as a nation hate to clean our ovens so they have tried to come up with a way to make cleaning your oven easier and have now created complete oven cleaning kits, these kits are single use and can range in price from around £5 to around £8 per kit.
These kits usually comprise of;
- Heavy duty bag
- Pair of gloves
- Bottle of ready-made cleaning chemical/solution
The usual method used for oven cleaning kits is to remove the oven racks and place them into the bag provided. You then pour about ½ to ¾’s of the bottle of solution into the bag, squeeze out all of the air, seal it shut and fold the bag over the trays, you then tilt the bag from side to side making sure the solution covers all areas of the racks, once you have done this you then leave it to sit for a couple of hours and then repeat the process, leave for a few more hours or overnight for better results. You then apply the remaining solution to the interior of the oven (using a sponge) leaving it to soak for a few hours or overnight.
Make sure your read instructions thoroughly before using an oven cleaning kit, as each manufacturer may issue different advice and warnings, never assume that because you have used a similar product in the past that the next one will be the same. We think oven cleaning kits are god but they are not quite great.
This is why we don’t like to use them;
- Only one pair of gloves are supplied per box, they are not very strong and break easily
- If you don’t leave enough solution you may end up not having enough to clean inside your oven
- You have to apply the solution to the interior oven with a sponge
- The bag can sometimes leak causing you to lose that valuable liquid
- They are single use, which can be expensive
Oven cleaning sprays
There are a few different sprays available for oven cleaning, our favourite by far is CIF oven cleaner spray, it comes in at around £4 per bottle, 1 bottle can usually last for around 2 oven cleans, (depending on how long you have left it in between cleans) but the reason why we prefer this one to the others we have tried, is you can pretty much get it in any local supermarket, it is cheap easy to use and doesn’t have the over powering choking fumes that some other sprays do, and the best bit is it does exactly what it says on the bottle.
This is why we like it;
- Spray bottle for even coverage and no wastage
- No liquid so if the bag does have a hole it won’t leak out
- 1 bottle can last for up to 2 oven cleans
- It’s cheap and easy to find
- It’s quite low in fumes
By now you should have a clear idea of which product you want to use for cleaning your oven so we have put together a step by step guide on how we clean an oven using just standard CIF oven cleaning spray and a few other house hold items.
Our technique for cleaning your oven
You will need;
- An oven scraper knife (you can get these on the internet for around £2-£4)
- A bottle of CIF oven cleaner
- Kitchen roll
- Bin liners
- Rubber gloves
- Firstly lay down a bin liner and some old newspapers on all of the surfaces you will be working on, and directly under the oven door, we want to make sure that the oven cleaning spray/solution does not come into contact with any surfaces that could be damaged, the chemicals are very strong in order to lift off that baked on grease and grime, so we want to protect our work area from any accidents.
- Remove the shelves and the shelf racks from the oven and place one at a time inside your bin liner, spraying each one with the CIF oven cleaner as you place them inside.
- Once you have sprayed all of the shelves, squeeze any excess air out of the bag, wrap the end of the liner in on its self and tuck it under to seal. Leave the shelves in the bag for as long as you can, preferably overnight. Every few hours tilt the bag from side to side and turn the bag over so that the oven cleaner gets onto all areas of the shelves and racks.
- Using the blade of your scraper knife you need remove as much of the built up food and grease from the interior of your oven and grill, not forgetting the glass, you should find it comes off quite easily.
- Next spray the oven, grill and glass with the oven cleaner making sure all the surfaces are covered, be careful to avoid the fan, heating elements and the door seals, once this is done shut the doors on the oven and grill and leave it sit for a few hours.
- Using kitchen roll wipe off all the excess oven cleaner and check to see if it’s removed all the build-up, if it hasn’t repeat the process again and leave for a few more hours, wiping off all the excess oven cleaner, dirt and grease.
- Fill a bowl with hot soapy water and using a dish cloth give it a thorough wipe over, making sure you remove any of the oven cleaner spray, this will avoid any fumes when you use the oven for the first time, after it has been cleaned.
- Now for the shelves, you will want to protect the sink from any scratches or scrapes while you wash off the shelves, so you will need to lay a clean tea towel in the bottom of the sink, fill it up with hot soapy water and wipe off each one, you may have some stubborn bits, but these will come off easily will a brillo pad. Dry them off and place back in the oven.
- Now you have cleaned your oven it would be a shame to see it get mucky again so we recommend you invest in some oven liners (you can pick them up for less than a fiver) they will not only protect the bottom of your newly cleaned oven from any spillages, they will allow you to wait that little bit longer before you have to clean it again, even better they are reusable, so once they get a bit mucky you can easily take them out wash them, dry them and pop them back in the oven. If you don’t have any oven liners to hand but want to be able to protect your newly cleaned oven, you can simply place some tin foil in the bottom and replace it for new once it gets mucky.
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