An oven truly is an essential appliance for every kitchen because there are just so many amazing things you can cook in it. However, you should also know from experience how hard it can be to keep it clean, especially if you have a rotisserie oven. However, if you want this device to serve you for years, you really should take good care of it.
The following tips will help you do this without much effort. Because oven cleaning is all about the timing.
Ditch Chemical Cleansers
First of all, if you want to keep your oven clean without poisoning the environment in the meantime, you should avoid synthetic cleaning products. Those products are full of toxic chemicals that deal an untold amount of damage to the environment. They aren’t good for your health either as you’ll be breathing in the fumes while cleaning.
More eco-friendly oven cleaning alternatives include:
- Baking soda and vinegar.
You can use baking soda and vinegar to clean off any kind of grease, not only in the oven. You should mix half a cup of baking soda with a bit of water to make a paste. Spread it over the surfaces covered with grease and dirt. Leave the mixture for about two hours (or even overnight). Meanwhile, prepare a mix of 1:1 parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Then, spray it on the paste and leave for 30 more minutes as the chemical re3action kicks in and the soda paste starts foaming and fizzing. Remove the paste remnants with a rubber spatula and wash off the residue with warm water.
This tip will be most useful for rotisserie lovers. When the grease starts dripping at the tray, simply open the oven and sprinkle some salt on the leaks. This will make it easier to remove the stains when the oven cools.
- Lemon water.
Lemon water is not only good for your digestion. You can use it as an eco-friendly cleaning solution with different proportions. Juice two lemons into a small pan of water and throw in the remains of the fruits into it as well. Put the pan into the oven and turn it on. Keep it there until the water boils and fills your oven with steam. Then, let the appliance cool. This kind of steam cleaning will make it much easier to remove even old grease.
Don’t Miss the Best Time for Oven Cleaning
The most important thing to remember if you want to keep your oven clean is that it needs to be cleaned soon after it’s used. The faster you remove grease, the better as it can even corrode the surfaces if left for weeks.
Of course, you wouldn’t want to deal with this after a dinner party. But you definitely should get to this within the next couple of days.