Before you start baking pies and roasting meat for the holidays, you might want to give your oven a thorough cleaning. It's a job that often gets neglected, leaving months worth of burnt food caked to the racks and oven floor. If you're not keen on using potentially toxic cleaning agents in the space where you cook, there are some natural ingredients that you can use instead. With these easy tricks, your oven will be as good as new and ready to go for the busy baking season.
Baking soda and vinegar
Baking soda will be your best friend when it comes to removing the baked-on food from your oven. It's an overnight process that requires minimal effort on your part. All you do is spread a nice, thick coat of baking soda over the oven floor. Make sure to get some powder in the nooks and crannies. Next, spray the baking soda down with a little bit of water, just so it's moist. Close up your oven and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe out the baking soda with a sponge or old cloth. The gunk will come with it!
For an extra deep clean, sprinkle a little more baking soda in your oven, then spray with white vinegar. Let the mixture foam for about 30 minutes, then wipe down again. You'll be amazed at how shiny your appliance is.
To banish bad smells from your oven, you'll need two lemons, a baking pan and some water. Cut the lemons into quarters and squeeze the juice into the pan. Add an inch of water to the pan, then place the lemon rinds in as well. Bake the pan for 30 minutes at your oven's lowest temperature. When it's done, your kitchen will smell lemony fresh and those nasty odors will be gone from the oven. This is also a great way to prep the oven for cleaning, as the citrus oils will loosen up dried food.
Don't forget to take care of your oven racks. An easy way to wash these is to let them soak in the bathtub overnight. Line the tub with towels so the racks don't scratch the sides and add a little bit of dishwashing detergent. In the morning, you'll be able to wipe off any baked-on food and stains.
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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