How to Clean the Oven from Grease and Cinders: 5 Effective Ways

It’s hard to find someone who would refuse a juicy piece of meat or a chicken leg from the oven. But it’s even harder to find someone who will agree to clean the stove after cooking such dishes.

How to clean an oven with citric acid, baking soda, or vinegar

In order to clean the oven of stale grease, you do not need to buy special detergents. In the kitchen cabinet of any hostess, there is a whole arsenal of tools that will compete with any bottle of “chemistry”.

Citric Acid or Lemon

If your diet is fresh, mix lemon juice and water in equal proportions. Soak a sponge in the liquid and treat the walls of the oven with it. Leave for half an hour to an hour and then wipe with a clean, damp cloth.

Old dirt and grease can not be cleaned with lemon juice. For such a situation, you need to pour water into a baking tray and pour citric acid (1 bag per 0.5 liters). Put the tray in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 200 ° C. Wait until the oven has cooled and wipe it with a damp cloth. Any remaining dirt can be removed with a slice of lemon.

Baking soda and vinegar

Pour baking soda into a sponge and gently apply it to the walls of the oven. Take a spray gun and spray the walls with water. Leave it for an hour, then wash the oven with a clean cloth soaked in a soapy solution. In the end, wipe dry with a paper towel.

There is also an alternative option – for fouling and grease that has long settled in your oven. The method is the same as described above, only before you apply the baking soda, you need to treat the walls of the oven with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Then sprinkle the baking soda, splash it with water, and leave it for two hours. After that, wash the oven clean.

How to clean the oven with salt, peroxide, or alcohol

These three methods are considered the most effective, judging by the reviews of experienced hostesses. Choosing the most appropriate option for yourself, take into account that some means are better able to cope with fresh dirt, and others are not afraid of centuries-old stains.

table salt

This option can be used if you decide to clean the oven immediately after cooking. Spread salt on the bottom and tray, before the stove is cold, close the door and wait half an hour. If the oven has already cooled down, heat it to 100° C, and turn it off as soon as the salt has turned golden. Wash the cooled oven with a cloth soaked in a soapy solution and then wipe dry with paper towels.

Ammonia Alcohol

The first method is a cold one. Using a spray gun or sponge, spray ammonia on all surfaces of the oven. Close the door, leave it overnight, and wash the oven in the morning.

The second method is hot. Heat the oven to 60°C and turn it off. On the top shelf of the oven put a glass of alcohol. On the bottom – is a container with boiling water. Close the door and leave the oven for 8 hours. Then add detergent to the ammonia and wash the dirt off the walls with this solution. Then wash the oven again until it is clean.

Remember that the oven must be aired out after the ammonia.

Peroxide and Baking Soda

Take 3% hydrogen peroxide and ¼ cup of baking soda. Mix everything until it’s a smooth consistency and until the mass turns to mush. Using a sponge, apply the product to the walls of the oven and leave it for a few hours. After this time, wipe the inside of the oven with a damp cloth.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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