Getting your oven professionally cleaned can often cost a small fortune and many shop-bought solutions can come up short in effectiveness. So is there an affordable, simple and effective way to keep your oven clean and fresh?
We’ve consulted our Mums for the niftiest of home-style oven cleaning solutions and sneaky short-cuts to see if it’s possible to get your oven cleaned on a budget. Whilst we were pleasantly surprised with many of the results, we often found that it helped to have a decent stock of scrubbing and scraping tools to aid them. Our Range Cooker Care Pack is an affordable package that supplies you with all you need to give your oven the complete clean that it needs.
Many of these recipes involve mixing household ingredients together and although they should all be safe to handle it’s always a good idea to exercise caution and wear a good pair of marigolds when cleaning with anything slightly acidic.
Vinegar can do so much more than add some zing to your chips! For those uninitiated in GCSE level Chemistry, vinegar is an acidic liquid that has some potent cleaning abilities if used in the right way. Many online cleaning gurus advocate dropping some vinegar into water to use as a cleaning spray, but this won’t make for an effective cleaner if diluted in this way.
For maximum impact its best to use at least a 50:50 ratio of water to vinegar. Mix together 300ml of this wash in an oven safe bowl, then pop it into an oven pre-heated at 180 degrees Celsius. The mixture should evaporate into steam which should help break down any grease inside your oven.
Cost: £1-2 for the vinegar.
Is it worth my time? Although vinegar is a fantastic degreaser, it won’t remove tough stains. Use the Grill Gremlin from our Range Cooker Care Pack to take the hard work out of removing any stubborn burnt-on detritus.
Vinegar & Baking Soda Paste
This is one of the most talked about home-style solutions on the internet although its effectiveness has been called into question by more scientifically minded individuals. The concept is straight forward enough: take two kitchen staples, Vinegar and baking soda, then mix together with water to create a thick white paste.
Grab a clean paint brush then cover the walls of your oven with this mixture. Leave it for a few minutes and then return with a sponge and scrubber to remove the excess (you might need a splash of water to clean it off completely).
Cost: £2-4 plus paint brush.
Is it worth my time? The paste fizzes and bubbles like a shop bought product, however the effects are a little underwhelming. That chemical reaction is the reason why it doesn’t work that well. Once the two elements have finished reacting with each other what’s left is pretty much salt and water, so you might end up scrubbing for longer than you want!
Lemon Juice Steam Clean
More than just a great addition to your G’n’T, the trusty lemon can come in handy for cleaning as well. Pour half a cup of cold water into an oven tray along with a decent squeeze of lemon. Turn your oven to 180 degrees and then pop the tray in on the bottom shelf for half an hour.
The lemon juice mix will evaporate filling your oven with a lovely citrus steam that will eradicate any unpleasant odours. Once the time is up carefully remove the tray and leave the oven to cool. When the oven has cooled you can go in with some soapy water to mop up any debris that has become loosened.
Cost: A lemon is all you should need to buy!
Is it worth my time? This method is much more effective at removing odours from your oven than it is at shifting grime or dirt. A dedicated oven-cleaning product would be a better choice, like the one featured in our Oven bundle that will help you cover all the bases.