Is tonight’s casserole smelling like last night’s frozen pizza? It might be time to clean your oven. An unclean oven can fill your house with smoke and even become a fire hazard if spilled grease is not removed.
How Often Should You Clean?
How often do you use your oven? As a general rule, cleaning your oven once every three months is a good idea. If you’re a baking machine, you may want to give it a deep cleaning a little more often than that.
If you feel like your oven could use a spruce up between cleanings, try using the self-clean function. But, remember, the self-cleaning function won’t be as thorough as cleaning it yourself, so you shouldn’t rely on it.
What Do You Need?
Gloves to protect you from the gunk
Damp cloth rags for grime-wiping
Old newspapers to protect the floor from any drips or spills
What to Do?
Lemon Power Activated
- Heat your oven to 250 degrees.
- Slice two lemons in half and place them on your oven rack for one hour.
- Once the hour is up, turn the oven off and open the oven door to let it cool.
Kitchen and Bath Scrubber to the Rescue
- When your oven has cooled enough to touch, remove the racks and lemons.
- Squirt Kitchen and Bath Scrubber on all oven surfaces and let sit for a few minutes. Remember to wipe down the oven racks as well.
- Don your gloves and scrub away.
- Be sure to thoroughly remove the cleaner from all surfaces with hot soapy water when you’re finished scrubbing.
And the final step? Put that clean oven to use. Get back to cookie baking and meatloaf making! And, feel free to share some of those cookies with us, too.
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