When an oven is not cleaned, the crust formed from food spillage and grime can become a safe haven for bacteria which can make people sick. Cleaning an oven is no rocket science. Here are a few tips to clean your oven.
Most modern ovens are fitted with an automatic cleaning function these days. The professional cleaners that use Helpling know that when your appliance doesn’t come with that feature than there are several ways to clean your oven:
1. Your supermarket will have a variety of sprays that you can use to clean the oven. The problem with these sprays is that they are expensive. They often also contain some very aggressive ingredients that could even cause damage to your oven if not applied correctly. Worst of all is that they rely on a very basic principle which we will explain in point 2.
2. A combination of vinegar and baking soda should do the job. All you need to do is to mix a few spoons of baking soda with water. Make sure you put enough baking soda in to create a paste. Cover the inside of the oven with the paste and let it sit for at least 12 hours. You can wipe the paste of with a wet cloth after 12 hours. Those areas where the paste won’t come off easily, or where it leaves some residue, can be sprayed with some vinegar. After that, you can wipe these areas clean too.
Using those two hacks will certainly help you to get your oven clean but the effect of your cleaning exercise depends on how you approach your cleaning. Please keep the following in mind:
a. Clean when everybody is gone so you’ll have all the space, time and energy to do a proper cleaning. You won’t have to worry about other people or having other people interfering with your business.
b. Open a window. It is likely that a foul odour will be released once you start cleaning. A bit fresh of air could do wonders and keep you happy.
c. Disconnect the oven. You won’t be the first person to accidentally switch on the oven by pressing a button that you’ve cleaned. If you are not aware that the oven is on, you could hurt yourself or seriously damage the oven when cleaning it while in use.
d. Don’t use the oven immediately once you are done cleaning. Switch it on and warm it up to 15 or 20 degrees with the door open. This to ensure the oven can dry out. Once you switch it off again it is advisable to leave the oven door open overnight. When you walk in your kitchen the next morning, your oven will be ready for use again.
These tips will allow you to always have a clean oven and at an affordable price.
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