Clean your oven quickly and easily
Cleaning the oven is probably not on your top list of weekend entertainment, but when it starts to smell burnt from dropped french fries and when the oven door can no longer be seen through, it may be time. Here are tips on how to clean your oven quickly and easily.
Cleaning the oven - our best tips for how to clean your oven
When you clean your oven more often rather than very rarely, you avoid the worst rough work and get away a little easier every time. Once a quarter, it may be appropriate to clean the oven if you use it regularly. Here are some tips to help you clean your oven quickly and easily.
Before you start with your oven cleaning, it is good to read the instructions for your particular oven.
Some ovens have their own cleaning programs such as pyrolysis functions. At a high temperature, they burn the deposits from your old food and leave only a little ash, which you wipe off with a damp cloth. The disadvantage of these functions is that you can't use the oven for a number of hours, but the advantages are that you only press a button to start cleaning. Due to the high temperature and strong odor, neither you, your family nor pets should be in the kitchen while the cleaning process is in progress. Ovens with this type of function should not be cleaned in any other way, ie you should avoid both purchased oven cleaners and homemade mixtures that can damage the inside. Other ovens can be sensitive to abrasive sponges and steel wool. Read the instructions so your oven is not damaged.
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Clean the oven with oil soap
An easy and environmentally friendly way to clean the oven is with oil soap and water.
Mix 2 dl soap with 1 dl water in a spray bottle. Spray the inside of the oven and close the oven door. Set the oven to 100 degrees C and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Turn off and allow to cool. Wipe off the dirt with a damp cloth or sponge. In addition to being clean, the oil soap also smells naturally good.
Clean the oven with white vinegar
Vinegar has an incredible number of uses and of course you can also use vinegar to clean your oven. Pour vinegar into an ovenproof bowl and place the bowl in the oven. Vinegar in combination with moisture and heat dissolves fat and deposits.
Preheat the oven to 50 degrees C and let stand for about an hour. Turn off the oven and allow it to cool completely before opening the door. Wipe off the dirt with, for example, detergent with water on a sponge with soap and water on a microfiber cloth.
Clean the oven with lemon
Lemon is not only good and good for cooking and baking. You can also clean your oven with lemon. Divide two lemons and squeeze the juice into an ovenproof dish, such as a pan.
Put the vessel in the oven and set it at 250 degrees C for half an hour. Allow the oven to cool afterwards, remove the pan and wipe the inside of the oven with a damp microfiber cloth.
Clean the oven with baking soda or bicarbonate
When your oven has become really ingrained after all the good food you have cooked in it, you can clean it with the help of bicarbonate or baking powder.
Mix the powder with warm water to a batter. Put on gloves and smear the inside of the oven with the mixture. Keep your kitchen well ventilated, protect the floor underneath with plastic, pour vinegar or vinegar into a spray bottle and spray over the insides of the oven. A chemical reaction is formed and it bubbles while cleaning. Let everything sit until it dries and then wipe it all off with a damp microfiber cloth or sponge.
Clean the oven rack
Overgrown oven racks are not a fun sight when you plan to cook. It's worth giving your oven rack a little extra care from time to time. Here are some ways to clean that are worth trying.
If you have a large enough sink, you can soak them there with a little detergent or oil soap. Let them lie for at least half an hour so that dirt and grease have time to dissolve. Wash and brush off. Steel wool can help with the most ingrained stains. You can also use a small wire brush in the worst places. You can find the small wire brushes in the hardware store.
If your sink isn't enough in size, you can use a larger tub or even the bathtub. Protect the enamel of the bathtub with an old towel before filling in water. If you have racks that are really dirty, you can leave them in overnight and increase the dose of detergent and soap and supplement with a handful of bicarbonate. Brush clean the next morning.
Your oven can help with the cleaning of the oven rack! Set a deep baking tray in the oven. Place the rack on top and fill with water so that it's covered. Add a bit of detergent and turn on the oven at 100 degrees C for 30 minutes. The heat helps to dissolve the ingrained and burnt. Remove the rack after half an hour has passed and wash it off.
With Coca Cola
It may sound strange but Coca Cola can clean your oven rack. Let the oven rack rest and soak in Cola Cola for an hour or more. The drink is corrosive and causes grease, burnt food and deposits to dissolve. Then use a brush to scrub away the previously burned.
A simple method of dissolving what's ingrained in the rack is with the help of regular newspapers. Work on a surface that can withstand water or protect the surface you want to try this on with, for example, an oilcloth. Soak a couple of newspapers and place them in an area that corresponds to your oven rack and a little more. Place the oven rack on the newspapers and lubricate the rack with oil soap. Cover with another layer of wet newspaper and fold into a package. Leave for several hours for best results. The moisture from the newsprint dissolves the ingrown and the rack becomes much easier to wash off afterwards.
Clean baking sheets
You probably recognize that after a period of cooking and baking, your baking sheets need an extra thorough cleaning to be fresh again. Food leftovers have been burned and can't be removed with just ordinary washing.
With bicarbonate and white vinegar
With a mixture of bicarbonate and vinegar, you can get your baking sheets clean again. Mix one part vinegar with four parts water in a spray bottle. Work on a durable surface that's not going to be damaged by the acid in the vinegar and be sure to ventilate and protect your hands with dishwashing gloves. Spray the solution over your sheets and let stand for about an hour. Sift over bicarbonate and scrub with a harder dish brush or scouring pad. Pour hot water over the baking sheets and let stand for another ten minutes. Scrub once more and rinse off.
With oil soap
Another option is to cover the baking sheets in oil soap and set them in the oven at 100 degrees C for a quarter of an hour. The heat of the oven in combination with the soap dissolves the ingrained. Let the oven cool, take out the sheets and now it's easier to brush and scrub them clean.
Clean the oven door
Food that splashes while it's being cooked can mean that after a while you can barely see what's going on inside the glass. Cleaning the oven door is not as difficult as it may seem. The glass door is more fragile than the oven rack and the baking sheets, so use as gentle methods as possible when cleaning.
To avoid scratching the glass, you can mix an equal amount of bicarbonate and water into a thick batter. Spread it over the glass and let stand for 30-60 minutes. Wipe off with a damp microfiber cloth in batches and re-polish with a clean, dry cloth.
If it's properly ingrown, you can supplement by pouring vinegar into a spray bottle and spraying over the bicarbonate. It bubbles and mills so use dishwashing gloves in a well-ventilated kitchen. Also make sure to protect the floor underneath with plastic so it doesn't drip or splash down. Vinegar is acidic and can mattify the surfaces and if you are unlucky you get stains. When it has dried, take a damp microfiber cloth and wipe the glass clean. Finish with a dry one.
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