Cleaning an oven is often a difficult and messy process, but with the right approach you can get through it in no time. It goes without saying that the most important thing is to clean your oven regularly. That way, you won’t have to tackle months of buildup when it comes time to pay the piper. Some people choose to put foil at the bottom of the oven to catch spills or drips. This helps with the mess, but it can also throw off the heat distribution, which may have some adverse effects on your perfect pumpkin pies. Putting a cookie sheet below anything that may drip is a better way to prevent spills.

If you’re reading this however, we suspect that it’s been just a little too long since your last oven cleaning. If your oven looks more like a war zone than a modern heating appliance, you may be in need of a little oven rescue.

Cooking Pizza Mishap

Nuclear Lunch Detected

That’s what we’re here for, and we’ve put together some tips so you can get your oven clean in no time. Here’s what you’ll need:
– Rubber Gloves
– Oven Cleaner
– Scouring Pad/Sponge
– Metal Scraper
– Baking Soda

First, take out the racks and place them in warm water with a few drops of dish-soap. That way they have time to soak while you’re cleaning the rest of the oven, and will be done when you are. Next, scrape any food off the bottom of the oven before applying your cleaning spray. This will make things much easier for you later.

You’ll want to read the directions on the oven cleaner you are using. Some of them recommend leaving the cleaner on overnight (6-8 hours), while others recommend 10-15 minutes with the oven on at a low temperature. Follow the directions carefully for your cleaner and oven model. Once the oven cleaner has settled, strap on those gloves, open a window, and grab a sponge. Wipe down the oven with warm, soapy water. This shouldn’t take too long if the oven cleaner has been doing its job.

If you want the front glass pane to be sparkling clean, there’s a great way to clean that too! Mix baking soda with a little water so it turns into a paste. Smear the paste all over the inside window of the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes (if it’s really bad, you can give it 20-30 minutes). When it’s done, just wipe the glass down and get ready to be dazzled.

Once you’ve completed the above tasks, just pop the racks back in and you should be good to go. Your oven will be clean, mean, and ready to bake some delicious fare. Just make sure you clean ‘er up after each meal, so you don’t have to deal with similar disasters in the future.

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