Ask Anybody and they’ll tell you that cleaning the oven is the most hated household chore, and certainly it’s a task that many of us put off for as long as possible.
However, the inevitable truth with oven cleaning is that the longer you leave it, the worse it gets! Therefore, we’ve put together 6 oven cleaning tips that will keep your oven sparking clean all year round in between professional oven cleans, saving you both money and time in the long-run!
- Wipe up spills immediately
This only takes a few seconds to do. When you spill or splatter some food in the oven, simply wipe them up immediately with some detergent, water and a cloth. If food spills are not wiped up, they will go hard and burn when the oven is heated, making them much tougher to remove and creating a nasty smell within your oven.
- Use an oven liner
You can keep the oven floor clean by using an oven liner. These are matts designed to catch any food or drips, which can then be easily removed or cleaned. We do not recommend using foil in your oven as it can etch the surfaces or get sucked into the fan element and cause a fire and/or damage the element.
3. Use a roasting bag
Another tip for keeping the oven clean is to use roasting bags for meat, fish or even vegies. It is an excellent way to minimise spills whilst baking. Not only will a roasting bag keep your oven clean, it will also enrich the taste of your food by locking in the flavours and natural food moisture.
- Give a quick clean regularly
As soon as you’ve finished using the oven, put a heat-resistant bowl of water inside and heat at a high temperature for 20 minutes. This will help loosen dirt and grease. Then when it’s cool enough, wipe the interior surfaces with paper towels. This creates easy oven cleaning, and means there won’t be as much work which needs to be done when it comes to need a proper clean.
5. Turn on the elements you don’t cook with after cooking
After removing your cooked food and while the oven is still hot turn on the elements in your oven that you did not use to cook with for a few minutes each on a high temperature. This will burn off grease and fat from those elements and the surfaces close to those elements leaving your oven a lot cleaner for it’s next use. Remember to turn it off again!
6. Get regular professional oven cleans every 6-12 months
We recommend using a professional oven cleaning service every 6-12 months, depending on your oven usage. If your oven has a regular deep cleaning using a professional oven cleaning service, you won’t need to do as much to stay on top of it all year round.
If your oven is looking a little worse for wear and it’s in need of a deep clean, you can request a free estimate for your professional oven clean online or by calling 1300 886 979