The Bad Kind of Leftovers: How to Clean an Oven with Burnt-On Grease

December 8, 2018 by 360 Precision Cleaning

how to clean an oven


With the winter weather comes baking season. ‘Tis the season to cook casseroles, roasts, and pies of all kinds!


Unfortunately, baking more wonderful meals means leaving more unwanted “leftovers” stuck to the bottom of your oven. Do you know how to clean an oven properly?


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How to Clean an Oven with Burnt-On Grease

Removing this unpleasant leftover can intimidate even the most experienced bakers. You want to impress your guests with a clean home and delicious food, but even this hidden  As daunting as it seems, this task is not impossible.


Keep reading to learn how to remove the burnt-on-grease and make your oven sparkle.


Oven Cleaner


A chemical oven cleaner will provide you one of the quickest and easiest ways to clean your oven. It will cut through remove tough stains and grease without excess elbow grease.


However, this pristine clean comes at a cost. Oven cleaners contain harmful chemicals including:


  • lye
  • ethers
  • ethylene glycol
  • methylene chloride
  • petroleum distillates


The chemical cocktail in these cleaners can cause throat irritations, chemical burns, and toxicity if not used correctly. You may want to leave this type of cleaner to the professionals.

Self-Cleaning Mode

Oh good! Your oven cleans itself.


With the self-cleaning feature, the oven will generate extremely high temperatures to essentially purify itself. All scraps just burn away. It sounds too good to be true because this method of cleaning the oven actually presents a similar danger to using chemical spray cleaners.


One serious danger of self-cleaning ovens is that they can produce a toxic level of carbon monoxide. The carbon monoxide comes from charring the leftovers at such an extreme temperature.


If your oven offers this option and you really want to utilize it, you should take the following precautions to keep everybody safe:


  • open windows to keep fresh air flowing through
  • keep your family and pets out of the home during the cleaning cycle
  • hand clean your oven after each use to avoid food buildup


Some of the newer ovens offer a steam clean option now. This does not present the same safety issues as the water better loosens up the gunk, allowing the oven to clean itself with lower temperatures in a shorter amount of time.


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If you’re wondering how to clean oven racks without the risk, keep reading. You can make your own natural oven cleaner at home for a safe and effective clean.


Green cleaning methods do not use the harsh chemicals or high heat, so they require a little more effort on your part. Do yourself a favor and always wipe it out with warm water after each use. You want to do it when it cools enough that you do not burn yourself but still holds enough heat to allow the spills to slide off.


Keep two spray bottles handy for your big cleans. Fill one with white vinegar and the other with baking soda and warm water.


First, spray the baking soda solution all around the oven and let it sit overnight. Then spray the vinegar and let it sit for a little bit. Lastly, wipe it out with a damp sponge, rinsing in warm water as you go.


Keep Your Home Pristine Clean


A pristine clean requires a sparkle on every surface. Even the hidden parts.


Knowing how to clean an oven can help. But messes build up quickly!


Time does not always allow you to keep your home as clean as you want it. Luckily, you can hire somebody who will clean your home even better than you expected. Schedule a cleaning today!


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