Cleaning the oven is, by about a country mile, the worst job in the kitchen. Isn’t it? Getting on your knees and scrubbing at it, worrying about the pilot light, needing to be absolutely sure that you get every scrap of cleaning product so as to avoid having a Sunday roast with essence of Cillit Bang… It’s not the most glamorous of things to do and it can be a dreaded job every single month. But not if you follow these tips and clean your oven without any of the worry!
Bicarbonate of soda is a cheap, easy and natural way to clean things using its abrasive properties. You don’t need to worry about getting it in your food, as bicarbonate of soda is a foodstuff, and you can generally get it for a couple of pounds at any supermarket or grocery store. An empty spray bottle is also necessary – don’t recycle an old one that’s contained cleaning products as you may inadvertently smuggle cleaning product into your food. Now add three heaping teaspoons of bicarb to your spray bottle and fill it with water.
Shake carefully to mix all the bicarb into the water, and keep the spray bottle by the oven. Every day, spray the insides of your oven with the bicarb mixture multiple times. Make sure your oven is cold, as a hot oven will lead to a huge mess and could cause you to burn yourself, too. After doing this for a few days, wipe down the inside of your oven with a damp cloth. The baked-on dirt will have accumulated at the bottom of the oven and should come up quite easily.
Keeping your oven clean, however, can also be a matter of preventative measures. For example, keeping enough tinfoil in the bottom of your oven to cover it can prevent spills from baking onto the bottom. You merely change the tinfoil when you find it becomes too dirty. If you find a cake tin becomes a bit fuller than you’d expected, placing it inside an oven tray allows you to easily catch drips and spills. These methods allow you to anticipate the need to clean the oven and minimise the work to a simple wipe-down.
If you want another natural method that allows you to let bicarb do the work, lightly dampen the inside of your oven with water. Cover it in a thick layer of bicarbonate of soda and leave it for a few hours before spraying with vinegar. The vinegar, when in contact with the bicarb, will fizz madly and this will lift the dirt easily and quickly. All you need to do is wipe the residue out of your oven with a damp cloth or sponge and relax knowing you haven’t put any harmful chemicals in your oven.
Cleaning the oven is by far the most involved and irritating household chore to take place in the kitchen. Make it simple, harmless, and natural with these clever solutions and you’re on your way to a clean, tidy oven with no harmful cleaning substances.