How to clean an oven | The Sun

How to clean an oven | The Sun

YOU'RE oven is likely to be one of the most neglected appliances in your home.

But as it's the appliance you use to cook your food and something you use everyday, it's really important you clean it.

A dirty oven will take longer to cook your food and therefore cost more to keep running and with energy bills soaring it's worth giving your oven a good scrub.

How to clean an oven

Cleaning may not sound like a barrel of laughs, but not doing so can actually cause food poisoning.

A dirty oven can also be a fire hazard.

Luckily for everyone, cleaning an oven can be super quick and easy.

One mum swears by a £3 spray to tackle her oven's glass door and says she'll never use toxic cleaners again.

But you don't even need that, as you can use natural ingredients from your home.

Following these simple steps you can create effective cleaning solutions without having to use harsh chemicals.

Also, check out Sun Selects' list of the best oven cleaners if you're looking for something to boost the efforts of your elbow grease.

How to clean your oven with vinegar

Using vinegar to make a cleaning paste is one of two easy ways to get your oven sparkling.


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For the first, take a tablespoon of cornstarch and one cup of white vinegar and mix them into a pan on a low heat.

If you don't have cornstarch baking soda works as a great alternative.

Then stir the ingredients together until it thickens into a paste.

How to clean your oven with lemon juice

Alternatively, you can use one tablespoon of cornstarch, a teaspoon of dish soap and a cup of lemon juice.

Again you can use baking soda instead of cornstarch.

You then mix them together using the same heating method as the first.

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This should result in a thick paste.

Cool it down

Next you need to cool the mixture down to room temperature.

Now you can use of cloth to apply your homemade cleaner to the oven.

Give the mixture 20 minutes to work on the grime and dirt.

Wipe it off

After 20 minutes, get another cloth and wipe the oven cleaner to remove surface debris.

How to clean a glass oven door

Cleaning the door might seem like the hardest part of the job.

You may well find your door has hard-to-reach areas where food has fallen in, and it can put you off taking on the task.

Happily, there's a very simple cleaning hack: take it off.

The quickest way to do this is to slide the hinges gently off the frame.

Some doors may have to be unlatched before they can be removed, but it should be possible to slide the door off easily on most ovens.

How to clean a latched oven door

Firstly, make sure the oven is off. To clean an oven with a latched door, start by open the door fully and leaving it hanging.

This will expose the hinges. You can then look for the latches that lock the hinges in.

You should find a small metal part on the hinges that can be pushed down. Do so as far as it can go.

If the latches are in a downward position, you may have them up to unlock them.

Should you find that the latch is stuck, a screwdriver can be used to push it down.

Now you can partially close the oven door, while keeping it level by holding it on either side of the door.

Then raise it carefully and close the door until it's around a third of the way shut.

The door can then be levered off.

Keep your hands steady and pull it towards you, and with a bit of wiggling you should be able to detach it.

You can then use your handy DIY paste as you did on the interior of the oven.

How to clean an un-latched oven door

If your door doesn't have a latch, it should be much easier.

Simply open the door will it's a quarter of the way open – but make sure you drip on tight on both sides so it doesn't slide down.

Gently remove it from the hinges. Ensure you grip it tight, as you'll need to pull it away while lifting it at the same time.

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Keep it in a fixed position with your hands steady on both sides and pull it out at a right angle.

You can then clean it with your special paste and then slide the door back in when it's clean and dry.

Oven racks

Whilst cleaning the door and the inside of your oven don't forget about the racks.

Expert Mrs Hinch has shared her tips for an easy oven racks clean.

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Mrs Hinch revealed she pops them in a mixture of washing up liquid, white vinegar and warm water, then leaves them to soak for a few hours.

Mrs Hinch soaks her oven racks in her bathtub.

Cleaning hacks and tips

Here are some tips to help you clean your home like a pro:

  • How to clean your washing machine in a few easy steps
  • Keep on top of cleaning your oven regularly
  •  Clean your shower to ensure it's always sparkling
  • How to clean your microwave using cheap household items
  • Here's how to get rid of that nasty limescale in your kettle
  • You're cleaning your carpet all wrong – here's how to get it spotless again in no time
  • Unblock a toilet without a plunger
  • Clean your fabric or leather sofa in a few easy steps
  • If you haven't cleaned your mattress in ages, here's how
  • Steps to cleaning your dishwasher to leave it looking brand new
  • This is how to clean mirrors and windows without streaking
  • Keep your toilet clean in four easy steps
  • Give your TV screen a once-over
  • Did you know your Venetian, Roman, vertical, or roller blinds also need cleaning?
  • Deep-clean your fridge in five simple steps

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