To keep your appliances looking new, it is important to properly clean and maintain them. However, this can be a daunting task. But let's be honest, it's not high on the priority list. You might be standing in your kitchen wondering if your appliances are plotting against you if you've been neglecting them (not to worry, we've got help for that). If you haven't kept up with it in the past, you may be wondering about the best way to clean and maintain your oven. Here's a wuick and easy How To to get you started!
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Most modern ovens come with a handy self-cleaning function. This will take care of the brunt of the work for you (yay!). To clean up what's left, all you will need is a scouring pad, a toothbrush, and some high-powered oven cleaner. You can use your favorite brand of store-bought oven cleaner or, if you prefer to avoid harsh chemicals, try this DIY oven cleaner that is just as effective:
Mix the ingredients together into a paste. To use, apply directly to the oven and scrub. Wipe clean with a damp rag.
There is one place in the oven that is particularly difficult to clean--that is, if you don't know the trick. The glass on the oven door is often one of the grimiest places in the entire oven because it doesn't get the cleaning attention it needs. It is also the most obvious place that people will notice. Why bother scrubbing the inside of your oven when the only place people actually see is still filthy?
Fear not. It's actually quite easy to clean between the glass on your oven door. All you need is one special tool, called a torx screwdriver, which you can buy for under $10 at the hardware store. Once you have that tool, cleaning between the glass is actually the easiest part of cleaning the oven.
When you're ready to start cleaning, open the oven door and rest it on a low stool. This will keep it steady while you work. Now, locate the screws on the backside of the door and use your torx screwdriver to remove them. The door will pop open and you're home free! See how easy that was?
Better yet, the grime between the glass is usually not baked on the way the grime inside the oven is. There may be a lot of crumbs, however, so you might want to vacuum those out before you start scrubbing. Once you've gotten rid of the crumbs, scrub off any stuck-on materials and wipe clean with a damp rag. Then, spritz both sides of the glass with your favorite window cleaner (or you can just use a bit of vinegar) and wipe clean.
When you've finished, just replace the screws and that's it, you're done! You'll be amazed at how sparkling-clean your oven will look after taking this easy extra step.
Voila! Your oven is now ready to go for the upcoming fall season, and you have one less worry in the back to school busle.