Best ways to clean a dirty oven fast? I live in an apartment. I have been here one month. The oven has NEVER been cleaned and it is a mess. It is not a self cleaning oven. There is grease and grime buildup on the racks, sides, top, and bottom of the oven. It is really bad. There is a bad odor when I use the oven. I need an easy solution and hopefully one that does not involve heavy duty harmful cleaners. Is there a way to somehow soak the oven in a solution overnight that may make my job of cleaning it easier? Do I need to remove the racks before I clean? Can you give me some good tips and advice?
How to clean a dirty oven with non corrosive household products:
Here is how to loosen the grease on the inside of the oven and racks before you clean. First: Unplug the oven from the outlet or remove power by switching the breaker off for safety reasons. Get a large bowl. (Use a mask and gloves if needed) Add a quart or more of ammonia to the bowl. Place the bowl of ammonia into the oven, close the door, and leave it inside for 24 hours or longer. How does this work? This works by the ammonia fumes loosening or softening the grease in the oven and making it easier to clean. Get some rubber gloves, a face mask, and a good quality sponge or scrubber. After 24 hours or longer, remove the bowl of ammonia from the oven. Remove any crumbs that have accumulated in the oven with a canister vacuum. Fill your sink or a bucket with hot soapy water, preferably a grease cutting soap like Dawn dish detergent. This will be the water you will use to rinse your sponge or scrubber while cleaning your oven.
Start by removing the oven racks. Put the racks in hot water if possible or put them aside and scrub them off using your sponge or scrubber. In the oven, wipe the top, bottom, and the sides with the hot soapy sponge while frequently rinsing the sponge in your hot soapy water solution. Do this until most or all of the grease and grime in the oven is gone. If the grease is burnt and hardened, you can usually leave this as it will not create any unpleasant odors while baking or broiling.
How to clean a dirty oven with a less harmful chemical based product:
First: Unplug the oven from the outlet or remove power by switching the breaker off for safety reasons. Remove any crumbs that have accumulated in the oven with a canister vacuum. (Use a mask and gloves if needed) Remove the oven racks and set aside. Spray the inside of the oven with Easy Off No Fume Oven Cleaner. This is the cleaner in the blue can. Wear gloves and a mask if you prefer. Be sure to spray on the sides, top, and bottom in the oven to get all the grease and grime soaked. Shut the oven door. Let the Easy Off spray cleaner sit for around 4 hours or so.
After letting the Easy Off cleaner sit for 4 hours, fill your sink or a bucket with hot soapy water, preferably a grease cutting soap like Dawn dish detergent. Wear gloves and a mask if you prefer. Next, get a large damp sponge and wipe the insides of the oven to remove the grease and grime. Rinse the sponge frequently in the hot soapy water in the sink. Any grease or grime that does not come off with the first spray application, repeat the steps and clean once again. For stubborn baked on grime, you can use steel wool pads or a plastic putty knife to remove any excess baked on grime. Use cautiously and do NOT scratch the oven surface as this will damage the inner coating and make it more difficult to clean in the future.
To clean the oven racks the easiest way: Use a product called Carbona oven rack & grill cleaner. With this cleaner you put the oven racks in a bag with the cleaning solution and let them soak until clean.
NOTE: It is not recommended to use Easy Off Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner. This cleaner is in the yellow can and it smells bad enough to where you may need a mask when using it. This spray can also damage parts of your oven as it is a corrosive type of cleaner. If you do use this type of cleaner, be sure NOT to get it on the floor, cabinets, counters, etc.
How to Clean A Dirty Oven in Detail
If you want to try cleaning your oven with baking soda and vinegar, check this article here on How To Clean an Oven With Baking Soda & Vinegar.
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