Cleaning your oven can seem like an arduous and unwelcome chore. But there are plenty of oven cleaning hacks which can make this tedious task certainly feel a little easier. The best part is, you can make up all of the best oven-cleaning solutions with ingredients you already have in your own home.
1. Never underestimate the power of a good vacuuming!
Before you can really go to down with the stubborn mess in an oven that likely hasn’t been clean for months (if not years), get rid of any loose charred leftovers lurking at the bottom by vacuuming with all appliances removed. Think of starting work on a clean slate.
2. Bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar and water are an oven cleaning dream team
Begin by mixing half a cup (about 65g) of bicarb with water to create a thick paste, and using an old paintbrush or cloth spread all over the inside of your oven, from the door to the bottom to the inside walls, but avoid heating fixtures.
For best results, leave the paste to do its work overnight (or a minimum of two hours) and then it’s time for the magic trick. In a spray bottle mix equal parts white vinegar and water and spray onto the paste to create a foaming action. The fizzing will lift away stubborn dirt and grease particles and make wiping away with a damp cloth much easier.
3. Vinegar has more uses than you could think, actually
Another way to lift grime and dirt without quite so much elbow grease is to steam clean your oven before you tackle it manually.
Take a medium to large pot and bring about a third of the pot full of water to the boil. After half an hour or so, add roughly the same amount of white vinegar and boil for another 30 seconds or so. Then, while the mixture is still hot, place it in the centre of a cold oven (no heat) for 45 – 60 minutes.
4. Sprinkle some salt
It's common for spillages to occur on the surface of the oven when you are cooking or baking and salt can be a quick fix. Simply sprinkle the salt on the spill and when the oven has cooled, you'll find it easier to remove the mess.
5. Try water and lemon
Fill up an oven-safe pan with water, and add the juice of two lemons and the lemon halves too. Then pop the pan in the oven and turn it on. Wait until the water boils before you take the pan out. The steam will loosen the grime and grease inside your oven and will help you remove it more easily.
Let the oven cool down before wiping it down with a damp cloth.
6. Clean your oven racks in the bath
Instead of awkwardly trying to scrub off months worth of burnt on grime awkwardly over the kitchen sink, make things easier for yourself by soaking them in a hot bath with a normal dishwashing tab. Like the vinegar solution above, this will soften hardened dirt and make it much easier to wipe clean the metal.
7. Use a dishwasher tablet
Using hot water, wet a dishwasher tablet with hot water and scrub it against your oven door as if it is a sponge. This will help to eliminate grime.
8. And for those extra-difficult to reach spots… use an old toothbrush!
Just like in the awkward crevices inside your mouth, a manual toothbrush is the perfect tool for scrubbing off concentrated marks, lather up in the bicarb solution for extra effectiveness.
Now cleaning with traditional oven cleaner or even a sponge and washing up liquid should be much easier.
Once you've tried all these time, money and effort saving hacks, wipe the inside of your oven with your regular all-purpose anti-bacterial kitchen spray for a sparkling oven that you won't need to look at for another few months...
9. Buy oven liners
This is one of Mrs Hinch’s cleaning tips for the oven to help manage food spillages. Oven liners go in the bottom of your oven to help stop food and grime sticking to it. You then simply remove the liner, clean it and pop back in the oven. It'll definitely help keep your oven cleaner in the long run.
Oven cleaning buys
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Elbow Grease All Purpose Degreaser
This is Mrs Hinch's favourite oven cleaning product, which she nicknames ' Elvis'. With just a few sprays, this multipurpose degreaser and cleaner will remove grease and oil from fabrics, metal and plastic, making it a great all-rounder for your home.
Dirtbusters Professional Oven Cleaning Scouring Paste
Developed for professional oven cleaners, this paste is environmentally friendly and just needs to be applied directly to a scourer to start budging grime.
Astonish Oven and Cookware Cleaner
This cleaner uses a non-acidic formula and can be used on all ovens, cooker tops, pans, cookware, sink & tiles to remove stubborn grease, burnt oil & dirt.
Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner
Simply spray Mr Muscle on internal surfaces and allow the foam to loosen any grease and build-up. The self-scouring formulation works by emulsifying any baked-on spillages meaning there is no scrubbing required.
The Pink Stuff Miracle Cleaning Paste
Popular on social media, this miracle cleaning paste is made from 99 per cent natural ingredients and is ideal for cleaning saucepans, cooker tops, sinks, ceramic tiles and much more.
Another one of Mrs Hinch's favourite products. The scratch-free, Scrub Daddy's FlexTexture foam goes firm in cold water for tough scrubbing and soft in warm water for light cleaning, making them suitable for a range of different tasks. They're also designed to fit comfortably in your hand to provide good grip and coverage.
Glass & Ceramic Hob Scraper Knife Cleaner
A special tool loved by Mrs Hinch to help scrape away those extra tough bits of grease and grime from her oven.
Magic Non-Stick Oven Liner Standard 50 x 50cm
These heavy duty oven liners last five years, dishwasher safe and come with a 3 year guarantee. Simply pop in the bottom of your oven and let these liners do the work for you.