Research suggests Britons use their ovens 547 times between cleans, waiting one year and six months on average before cleaning their ovens. Ovens are notoriously difficult to clean, with grime and unsightly stains often leaving their mark on oven glass. For those looking to fulfil their New Year cleaning resolutions, experts have now provided some advice on how to clean your oven.
Ivan Ivanov from EOT Cleaning London has provided some top tips on how to clean ovens quickly and easily.
How often should you clean your oven?
According to the expert, Britons should clean their ovens at least once a month.
While Britons often put off cleaning them for longer, it can make the job much harder if you leave it.
Mr Ivanov recommends cleaning up any mess from cooking once the oven has cooled down.
If your oven smells like burning when you switch it on, this is another sign it needs a clean.
How do you clean the inside of an oven?
Cleaning the inside of your oven is often the most difficult job.
Luckily, Mr Ivanov has come up with a guide for cleaning the interior of your oven.
You will need a brush or scourer and an old toothbrush for the corners.
It’s best to lay down newspaper on the floor and switch the oven off at the mains before getting to work.
Using rubber gloves is also a good idea as some products can harm the skin.
To start with, you should brush off any loose bits of food and dirt.
The expert then recommends spraying the inside of the oven with your chosen cleaning products.
He said not to spray the fan, gas supply elements, or pilot light.
Then leave the product for the recommended amount of time.
Finally, use your scrubbing brush and scourer to remove the cleaning product and debris.
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What products can I use?
You can buy your own oven cleaner or you can use everyday products.
Mr Ivanov said to use equal parts baking soda and white wine vinegar or a mixture of lemon juice and salt for stubborn areas.
How do you clean an oven rack?
The cleaning expert said you can either buy a kit online or at a supermarket, or soak the racks in a washing up bowl, bin bag or bath tub.
If the cleaning products or corrosive, they could ruin the enamel of your bath so read the packaging first.
If you don’t have access to specialist products, Mr Ivanov recommends using foil and a dishwasher tablet.
Mr Ivanov has also said to check chemical oven cleaners to see if they’re suitable for use on glass.
He recommended using washing up liquid and water followed by a vinegar-based solution and to avoid using a caustic-based oven cleaner.
How can I keep my oven clean?
You can keep your oven cleaner for longer by covering all slow-cooking food with a lid or foil.
The cleaning expert also said to place dishes on a baking tray to avoid food dripping into the oven.
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