Advice For Oven Cleaning

You may be the most careful cook in town, but your oven will get dirty every now and then. Even if you don’t spill anything while baking or roasting, the sides, back, and even top of your oven can still become heavily coated with grease and grime. Fortunately for you, regular cleaning will make sure that your oven is always in tip-top condition. Always remember, different types of ovens require different cleaning methods.  It’s important to stick to a cleaning schedule. Here is some solid oven cleaning advice.

Steam Cleaning

If your oven has a steam cleaning function, you probably already know how well it works when you need to remove grime. Just add some water to the bottom of the oven. Run the steam cycle and let your oven take care of everything else. The water will boil and the hot steam will fill your oven. This will loosen that difficult dirt so that you can wipe it all away with ease when you’re ready. Many people like to add fresh lemon for extra grease removal power, the choice is yours.


If you own an oven with a self-cleaning feature, then it’s very important to read the instructions carefully. Self-Cleaning is known to take its toll on any oven and is why it should only be used occasionally. The high temperatures created during the self-cleaning cycle can cause damage to critical components and leave a foul odor due to potentially toxic fumes.

For regular cleaning, we recommend you use mild soapy water and make sure that you clean your oven after each use to prevent dirt build-up.

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Textured or Continuous Cleaning

Some ovens have a special surface that can burn off spills over time. You only need to wipe down the inside of your oven with a damp cloth. While your oven will burn off the grime, it will not completely remove it and this is why you always need to wipe the interior down regularly. Remember, don’t use strong chemicals or abrasive cleaning supplies.

Regular Oven Cleaning

Ovens that do not have any kind of special self-cleaning feature will need to be cleaned regularly the old-fashioned way. This can require a fair amount of effort but there are powerful oven cleaners on the market that can make the job that much easier. If you don’t like the idea of using strong chemicals, you could go green instead.

Make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the interior of your oven and let it work overnight to loosen all that grime. Wipe off the following morning. If need be, you can use vinegar to remove any dirt that didn’t come off the first time. You can also use this dry paste along with vinegar to make a foamy substance that works well when scrubbing. Don’t forget to wipe your oven down with clean water and leave the door open to air dry once you are done.

Don’t Forget The Racks!

Your oven racks will also need to be cleaned regularly and this is best done by removing them and soaking them. Dissolve some degreasing soap in hot water and let the racks soak for about two hours. Give them a good scrub, rinse, dry, and pack back in the oven.

Regular cleaning will help various parts last longer and it will make cooking that much more enjoyable too. If you notice any problems with your oven, make sure that you have one of our experienced professionals perform any necessary repairs before you use it again. For fast and reliable oven repairs, call Conner’s Appliance today!

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