How to Clean Different Types of Ovens

Ovens hold a special place in modern homes. Here’s how to clean an oven quickly.

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You need to clean the oven to protect its interiors after cooking any dish. Also, you do not want intermingling of flavours. Imagine the lingering smell of a tandoori dish in your carrot cake! Charred and caked-on food bits can ruin the interiors of your oven. How to clean an oven depends on the type of your oven. Follow the steps given below based on the kind of oven you own.

Self-cleaning Oven turn the stuck-up food bits to ash. Non self-cleaning Ovens need you to scrub off the grime from its surface. Continuous Cleaning Ovens have porcelain lining on the insides which prevents grime build up.  

Ingredients to Keep Handy

a) Kitchen cleaner

b) Bowl of warm water

c) Cleaning rag

d) Cleaning sponge

e) Dishwash gel

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How to Clean a Self-Cleaning Oven?

  1. Step 1: Empty the Oven

    Take out any oven trays or pots from the oven. It should be empty. You can wash these items in the kitchen sink using a dishwash gel.  

  2. Step 2: Choose the Self-Clean Option

    Set the oven on the self-clean mode. The oven should be locked during this duration. If it doesn’t happen automatically, leave a note so that others know. Keep your kitchen doors and windows open during this duration.

  3. Step 3: Clean the Ash

    Wait for the oven to cool down. Once the oven has cooled off, collect the residue ash in a garbage bag and throw it away.

How to Clean a Non Self-Cleaning Oven

  1. Step 1: Empty the Oven

    Wash the oven trays and grill pans in the kitchen sink with a dishwashing liquid. To keep your bowls or trays clean, you may use Vim Dishwash Gel as it is easily available in the market.

  2. Step 2: Treat the Interiors and Exteriors

    You can clean the insides of oven with a cleaning solution by mixing 1 tsp. of dishwashing liquid in 1 cup of water. Use a sponge to clean and then wipe with a clean rag. To clean the exteriors, you can use a kitchen cleaner such as Cif Kitchen Cleaner. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions.

  3. Step 3: Allow Air-Drying

    Allow the oven to air-dry completely before using again.

How to Clean Continuous Cleaning Ovens

  1. Step 1: Prepare Cleaning Solution

    Add 2 drops of dishwashing liquid in a bowl of warm water.

  2. Step 2: Wipe the Interiors

    Wipe the interiors of the oven with the soap solution.

  3. Step 3: Rinse and Allow Air-Drying

    Rinse with a damp cloth. Let the oven dry.

Before you start cleaning your oven, it is important to carefully read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions. Know that every oven model and make is different. The best way to clean your oven is as instructed by the manufacturer.

Key Step

Do not scrub the insides of your oven with an abrasive substance. It can damage the inner linings of your oven permanently.

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