Can You Believe Cleaning Your Oven Is This Easy?
Let's be real - cleaning your oven (or most things, to be honest) is a total chore. It's messy, time consuming and just downright unenjoyable. Or, it was until you found these super easy oven cleaning hacks...
From ways to use kitchen cupboard staples like white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to using your bath, hoover and an old toothbrush, these are the the hacks that'll change the way you clean, and mean you'll spend way less time doing it.
Use your hoover
Before you begin the arduous task of giving your oven a good spruce, you should get out your hoover. There are probably loads of crumbs and loose bits in the bottom, and the easiest way to get rid of them is simply to hoover them up. If you don't have a hoover, you could try using an old dustpan and brush to gather up the bits and throw them in the bin.
Bicarb and vinegar are the dream combo
To save yourself scrubbing away at your oven, you'll need two household ingredients: white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. All you need to do is mix around 65g of bicarb with water to create a thick paste that looks a bit like grainy toothpaste. Then, use a paintbrush or your own fair rubber-gloved hands to spread it all over the walls and door of the oven, avoiding any heating elements.
Then leave overnight for the two ingredients to do their magic. In the morning, fill a spray bottle (an old cleaning spray one will do) with half white vinegar and half water and spray all over the bicarb paste. There'll be a lot of fizzing, but this is the reaction that causes dirt and grime to lift away from the oven. Then, wipe away with a damp cloth and you should have a lovely clean oven with zero effort.
Oven liners exist, and you should use them
Yep, you can literally prevent oven cleaning before you need to do it. Mrs Hinch-approved, oven liners catch all the nasty bits before you have to scrub them off the bottom.
Pop your racks in the bath
We all know the struggle of trying to fit oven racks in the sink to scrub away without knocking over 5000 other things in the kitchen. If you're lucky enough to have a bath in your house, or even a large shower - why not put your racks in there to wash instead? You're guaranteed less mess, and you can easily manoeuvre them around to clean all the nooks and crannies. To make cleaning them even easier, soak the racks in a hot bath with a dishwasher tablet before you attack them with a sponge.
Dishwasher tablets aren't just for the dishwasher
As mentioned above, dishwasher tablets can be a total godsend when it comes to oven cleaning. Get yourself a box of cheap dishwasher tablets (the hard kind) and literally use it as a sponge or pumice stone along with some hot water. You can use it on the racks, walls and doors.
Lemons are your friend
This one's for the lazy cleaners. All you need is the juice of two lemons, a pan of water and a bit of patience. Simply juice the lemons into a pan of water and chuck the empty lemon halves in there too. Put the pan in the oven and turn it on. Wait until the water boils, take out the water, let the oven cool slightly and wipe it down with a damp cloth. Easy peasy lemon squeezy...
Salt is a quick fix
Get to the grease before it's even a problem with your tub of table salt. If you notice some leakage from whatever you're cooking onto the bottom of the oven, sprinkle on plenty of cheap table salt and then once the oven has cooled it'll be way easier to clean the stain. Who knew?
Upgrade your toothbrush
Sometimes a scrubber or normal brush just doesn't cut it, especially when it comes to really getting into the nooks and crannies of your oven. Well, it turns out now might be the time to upgrade your current toothbrush, because an old one is the perfect tool for cleaning those hard-to-reach places in your oven.