The foods cooked in the oven are very tasty and healthy but the task of cleaning it after use is one of the worst and most difficult in the home. When you cook, a lot of food spills into it and when the remains dry, they are very difficult to remove. Don’t worry, there are some easy and inexpensive home remedies to clean them up.
As we have said on previous occasions in this section, the kings of cleaning are lemon, vinegar and bicarbonate. When these three products are mixed they can remove any type of grease and dirt.
The first thing you should do when you go to clean the oven is to remove everything that is inside and then use one of the methods that we recommend:
One of the tips is to prepare a spray with water and vinegar, being 3 parts of water and one of vinegar. We will apply this mixture to all the walls of the oven and let it act for a few minutes to finally rinse it with water.
If the oven is not very dirty but we need to do a quick cleaning, we can insert a container suitable for the oven with hot water and vinegar. We turn the oven to 200 degrees and let it act for 30 minutes. Afterwards, you just have to wipe the oven walls and glass with a damp cloth, and the vinegar steam will make the dirt come out on its own.
As we say, baking soda is another great cleaning product. The most effective way to use it is by making a paste consisting of 10 tablespoons of baking soda, 4 of hot water and 3 of vinegar. We add the vinegar very little by little because it will make the bicarbonate react, forming a foam. If we see that the mixture is too liquid, we add a little more bicarbonate. Next, we spread it over the dirty areas of the oven, let it act for a few hours (even overnight if the dirt in the oven is an exaggerated thing) and then we simply rinse it with water or with the spray of water and vinegar. No need to scrub, dirt peels off itself. If we want to speed up the process, we just have to turn on the oven and leave it for a while with the mixture inside. The dirt will come off much faster.
If you don’t have baking soda you can use yeast. In that case, mix yeast with water and spread it on the walls of the oven, you will see that the yeast turns brown. Leave it on overnight and remove it with a damp cloth. If there are still traces, use the water and vinegar spray to completely remove it. Turn the oven to a low temperature for 15-20 minutes to dry and you are done.
Another option is to substitute the vinegar for coarse salt.
Regarding the water and vinegar spray, make sure you know that you can also use it on different kitchen surfaces: countertops, sinks and stainless steel appliances. This mixture works splendidly on kitchen utensils such as pots, pans, or chopping and cutting boards.
Lemon is also very effective in fighting grease and especially odors. The trick is to put lemon juice and its peel on the baking sheet and turn it on at a medium temperature. We let it act for 30 minutes and that’s it. There will be no trace of any unpleasant odor and the steam will also help us to wipe with a damp cloth and clean the walls easily.
And our last home remedy is to prepare a paste with 1 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 of powdered washing machine detergent. Heat the oven to 180ºC for 5 minutes, turn it off and spread the paste on the walls of the oven, especially in the areas with the most difficult dirt. We let it rest for an hour, and then we gently stir with a spatula. We rinse and go over with a cloth or sponge moistened in pure vinegar to prevent the grease from sticking again.