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  • Writer's pictureSinar Saredah

How to clean the bottom of an oven ? (Beginners Guide)

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Tools you need:

  • Oven cleaner or a DIY cleaning solution (baking soda and vinegar)

  • Protective gloves

  • Sponge or scrubbing brush

  • Plastic or silicone spatula

  • Microfiber cloths

  • Spray bottle (for water or DIY cleaning solution)

  • Large garbage bag (optional for soaking racks)

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prepare Your Oven

Ensure your oven is completely cool before you begin. Remove the oven racks to provide unobstructed access to the bottom. These can be cleaned separately by soaking them in soapy water or a garbage bag filled with a cleaning solution.

Step 2: Remove Loose Debris

Use a damp sponge or cloth to wipe away any loose crumbs or debris from the bottom of the oven. This makes the deep cleaning process more effective and less messy.

Step 3: Apply Cleaner at bottom of oven

If using a commercial oven cleaner, follow the instructions on the product, ensuring you wear protective gloves and possibly a mask if recommended. For a natural alternative, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the bottom of the oven, then spray with vinegar until it begins to form a paste. Allow the solution to sit for several hours or overnight for tough grime.

Step 4: Scrubbing

After the cleaner has had time to work, take a sponge or scrub brush and scrub the bottom of the oven. Use a plastic or silicone spatula to gently scrape off any burnt-on food. Be careful not to scratch the surface of your oven.

Step 5: Wipe Clean

Once the debris has been loosened and removed, wipe the bottom of the oven with a damp microfiber cloth to remove any residual cleaner or baking soda paste. You may need to rinse your cloth several times to ensure all cleaner is removed.

Step 6: Replace Oven Racks

Once the bottom is clean and dry, replace the oven racks. If you haven't already cleaned them, ensure they're also wiped down and dried before putting them back.

Tips to Keep Your Oven Clean:

  • Use Oven Liners: Placing an oven liner on the bottom of your oven can catch drips and spills, making cleaning much easier. Ensure the liner is suitable for your type of oven.

  • Cover Dishes: Whenever possible, cover your dishes while cooking to minimize splatters and spills.

  • Regular Wipes: After each use, once the oven cools down, give it a quick wipe down to remove any fresh spills before they harden.

  • Scheduled Cleaning: Set a regular cleaning schedule for your oven (e.g., every three months) to prevent the buildup of stubborn grime.

  • Immediate Attention to Spills: If there are spills or splatters after cooking, clean them as soon as the oven cools. This prevents the spills from becoming baked-on and harder to clean later.

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