Scrubbing scorched food and old grease stains make the oven cleaning one of the most dreaded chores at home. However, we have good news – if you hate spending hours rubbing and polishing the appliance, then this article will give you a few ideas on how to efficiently tackle the task. These 5 cleaning hacks will help you get your oven sparkling in no time at all. And the best part is, all you need are just a few simple products you might already have at home.
From removing oil, stains, and burnt food to getting rid of the foul smell, these simple, inexpensive, and efficient tricks will help you deal what is often the dirtiest appliance in the kitchen.
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1. DISHWASHER TABLETS WILL MAKE STUCK-ON FOOD DISAPPEAR
Dishwasher tablets work wonders at removing stuck-on food from pots, pans, and cutlery in the dishwasher, and they can do the same job for your oven. Get a dishwasher tablet and soak half of it in warm water. After that, rub the tablet over the food stain on your oven door, and you will see the burnt-on grease wash away with ease. Wipe the surface with a clean wet towel.
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2. DE-GREASE THE HOB WITH CAR WAX
A dirty hob is an unsightly view and can make the whole kitchen look dirty and neglected. Using a small amount of car wax on your cooktop will help you clean the built-up grease. Apply a thin layer, let it sit for a while and then wipe away. If there is a remaining dirt, don’t worry. To clean ceramic hob, prepare a think paste of baking soda and warm water. Rub the surface, then wipe clean with a soft towel. If you have to clean steel surface, you can just spray them with a mixture of warm water and a few drops of bleach. Leave overnight, then wipe the hobs down and rinse them with warm, soapy water.
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3. SWIPE THE STUBBORN SMELL OF COOKED FOOD WITH A FRESH AROMA
We have all faced this paradox – the delicious meals everybody enjoy usually leave the most stubborn and heavy smell, lingering in your oven and kitchen for days. If you have prepared some especially pungent foods, like fish or spicy meat you can get of the bad smell using nothing but citrus oil (any other essential oil will work, use your favourite). Add a few drops of the essence to an ovenproof bowl filled with water. Place the mixture in the cold oven, then turn it on and slowly heat the liquid for an hour. Turn off the heat and open the door but leave the bowl inside until the appliance cools down. Your oven will be deodorised.
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4. FIGHT GREASE STAINS WITH… OIL
It sounds strange, we know, but you can use oil to efficiently remove greasy build-up and splashes on the extractor hood of the oven with vegetable oil. This technique will even make it easier to clean the appliance next time. Apply a few drops of olive or other vegetable oil on a soft kitchen paper and gently rub the grease stains. This is one of the easiest ways to clean the oven hood without using heavy-duty cleaners. When there are no splashes left, soak any remaining oils with a paper towel. To finish the job, wipe the appliance with a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol.
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Old toothbrushes can be repurposed for cleaning tools.
5. PUT YOUR OLD TOOTHBRUSHES TO USE WHEN CLEANING THE OVEN
Always keep some old toothbrushes at hand. They make an essential tool for cleaning stubborn stains at hard to reach spots. The toothbrush’s bristles are softer than other brushes and will allow you to loosen and scrub stubborn stains without damaging the appliance. Dip the toothbrush in a cleaning product of your choice and scrub the stains and burnt food gently.
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