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Oven Cleaning GuideA job that is hard to get excited about, I know. Weather you use the store-bought products or like the green approach, we’ve got the answer for you.


Pyrolytic ovens are a fantastic leap into an even more user-friendly oven market. This method basically reduces your grime and splashes to dust, only requiring a final wipe by you to collect the residual which has pooled at the bottom of the oven.

To achieve this, the oven has a dedicated cleaning mode. It is crucial that this function is not used for anything else it is reaches 500 degrees to crystalise the food stains and reduce them to a dust powder. Once this is achieved and the oven cools down, you can wipe this from the bottom of the cooker.

Lemon/Vinegar/Baking Soda

Thank goodness, the women that came before us made use of the products in their cupboards and under their sinks. You will find many of the store-bought products often contain the products we already have in our pantry.

To clean your oven naturally, you can use one third lemon juice and two thirds white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on the combination and let sit for five minutes. Then dust baking soda onto the liquid and let sit for another ten minutes. Baking soda lifts the stains and the vinegar will loosen the grease. With this combination, it will make it easier to simply wipe through the lifted food stains as opposed to scrubbing them. It must be said this is much better from an environmental point of view and more importantly safer for your family.

Steam Cleaning A Steam Oven

Fill a cooking tray or something of a similar size to the top with water. Use the cleaning function on the oven. During this cleaning method, much of the residual food stuff should be loosened from the oven walls. After the oven cools down, simply wipe with paper towels or a cloth. No scrubbing will be required.

Oven Cleaners

For many of us this is the easiest alternative and can be easily obtained from the supermarket. The down side is they are highly toxic, give off respitory unfriendly fumes and can cause skin problems. They need to be approached with caution. Long sleeve gloves will be required. Do not spray the top of the oven until the end. This will minimize any drips you may get on your skin or clothes. The more highly toxic cleaners even require face masks. If you accept the down sides and are prepared to take safety measures you will get a very clean oven for little effort.

Short Cuts

We approach oven cleaning as a time consuming, laborious job. In actual fact, it is more a case of spray and forget, whichever method you use. A way to minimize your cleaning time is to put the silver shelves and rods in soapy hot water whilst you tend to the oven. Clean them last so you make the most of the soak time.

It is hard to get stainless steel clean without scratching it. Look for stainless steel product cleaner at the supermarket or your electrical retailer. Just another tool in your cleaning armory. A green way is to use a mix of vinegar with paper towels, methylated spirits with paper towels or window cleaner with paper towels. They leave a nice clean finish on stainless steel without scratching it. Read product instruction manuals. They often have the best guides on what to use to clean your appliance.

Oven Cleaning Guide