As the old saying goes, a clean home is a happy home, which is just one of the reasons why it's important to ensure everything is spick-and-span as often as possible.
But what about those areas that often go unnoticed? Should you be as fastidious about those as, say, the kitchen counters or carpets?
Absolutely! And nowhere is this more true than in the oven - a collecting area for bits and pieces of meals' past.
Wherever there's food, crumbs and spills are bound to follow. Just take a look at the inside of your oven and you can see for yourself. To help keep your oven working as efficiently as possible, consider implementing these cleaning tips into your disinfecting arsenal.
1. If it's self-cleaning, let it go! Many of today's ovens have functions that will do all of the cleaning on its own. If your oven happens to be one of them, consider yourself in luck. In other words, don't worry about doing extra work if you don't have to. Just keep the oven door shut, hit the switch and let it go to work!
2. Start at the bottom, work to the top. Before spraying on oven cleaner, you'll want to take out all the crumbs that line the bottom of the oven. With a damp cloth or sturdy paper towel, sweep out everything that's inside, making sure there's something nearby so you can quickly dispose of the debris.
3. Spray away! With your can of oven cleaner, simply spray the walls of the oven, making sure to follow the instructions listed on the product. Depending on how dirty the walls are, you may want to let it rest for a bit so that the crusted, hard-to-remove stains soften and can be easily removed with a paper towel or rag.
4. Make your own cleaning solution. You may prefer to whip up your own oven cleaning concoction just to ensure that the ingredients aren't harmful to your oven's interior. There are many variations but a real easy one is by combining 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, 1¼ cups of ammonia and 1½ cups of hot water. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and allowed it to sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Then grab a soft scrubber or damp sponge to soak up the solution you've created to attack stubborn oven stains.
5. Wipe up. Lastly, grab a clean towel and wipe up any residue that's left over from the cleaner or baking soda solution used. You may want to rinse the inside to get rid of powdery residue from the cleaners.
The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.
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