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DIY Oven Cleaning Hacks You Should Master

DIY Oven Cleaning Hacks You Should Master
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Spring-time cleaning of the oven is often the most dreaded job. Those grime of burnt food on the grills, those stubborn gunks on the door, and those spots on the bottom that simply refuse to go – Phew! Ever wished the Santa Clause could wiggle his wand and instantly turn the oven clean? But why bother Santa when you can do it yourself?

Be it Your Ultimate DIY Guide to Oven Repairs, or your smart guide to oven cleaning, you’re very much capable of sprinkling magic into your baking darling.

Here’s presenting these smart oven cleaning hacks for a smart chef like you. Keep baking, and care no more about the spills, the greases, and the burns.

The Oven Door and Interior

Mix 1 ¼ cups baking soda, ¼ cup white vinegar, and just enough water to make a thin paste. Dip a scrubbing pad or a dishwasher detergent tablet into the paste and dab the door as well as the oven bottom with it. Pour the rest of the paste into an oven-safe container. Place the mixture on the oven rack. Set the oven temperature at 100 degrees for 45 minutes.

Scrub the oven interior and the glass door with the scrubbing pad. You can also use an old toothbrush instead of a scrubbing pad. The stubborn grease and stuck burnt grime that refused to part ways with your oven will slip off the body in no time. Dip a sponge in a bowl of clean water. Wipe off the baking soda and vinegar residues from the oven. Finally, use a dry dishwashing towel to wipe the oven dry and spanking clean.

The Oven Racks

Line the bathtub with dryer sheets. Place the oven racks on the dryer sheets. Run the hot water tap to cover the racks with just enough water. Spill half a cup of dishwashing soap into the tub. Leave it overnight. The dryer sheets will soak the soap water. In the morning, drain the excess water from the tub. Scrub the oven racks with the soaked dryer sheets. The stuck food and gunk on the racks will get dismantled without too much of a fuss.

Alternately, line the oven racks in a dry bathtub. Sprinkle baking soda on the racks, followed by white vinegar. Allow the foaming process without any interference. Once the foaming stops run the hot water into the tub till the racks are completely flooded. Leave it overnight. Next morning, wet a used toothbrush and coat its bristles with kosher salt. Use it as a scrubber on the racks. This will help get rid of even the most stubborn of spots. Rinse the racks with clean water once the scrubbing is complete.

For that Polished Effect

So, now that the oven looks absolutely clean and smells fresh, how about turning it absolutely new? Abracadabra! This homemade polish can lend your old oven the ‘brand new’ effect.

With the help of a thin cloth, swipe your oven with cream of tartar. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse and wipe clean.


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