I do realize that this may very well be the most boring post you’ll ever read. Or maybe even something you already know. Or maybe your self cleaning oven feature works much better than mine. BUT, at my age I really just figured out how to clean an oven in a way that returns it to like new condition. Ha!
I preface this by saying that I am very careful in my oven not to spill or let things bubble over so it wasn’t until something did spill all in the bottom that I set to work on cleaning it.
I don’t have a great before picture but it was dirty. Enough said.
Step 1: Remove the Racks
The directions on my oven say to remove the racks as self clean does not properly clean them and can, in fact, damage them.
Step 2: Clean the Glass
I remembered that the last time I used the self clean feature, the glass remained pretty much untouched. It was disappointing. So, this time I made a paste of baking soda and water and it removed all of the build up of grease and who knows what. I did take some time, soaking and elbow grease but I was determined. Afterwards, I cleaned it well with glass cleaner.
Step 3: Set the Self Clean
Follow the manufacturer directions for your oven. I did this during the day with the kitchen and den doors wide open while I was home.
Step 4: Clean the Racks
I am almost too disgusted to show you these, but I will. I didn’t realize just how badly the oven needed cleaning until I started REALLY looking at it. To clean the racks, I soaked them in a giant plastic tub with HOT water and powdered laundry detergent. I let them sit almost all day on one side and then took a scrub brush to them. Since my tub wasn’t big enough, I flipped them over and let the other side soak overnight. Then I scrubbed that side clean the next morning. Afterwards, I brought them to the sink to wash and dry.
Now, it would have been MUCH easier to lay an old towel down in the tub, fill it up and soak them all in one go. But, I learned for the first time in 10 years that my guest room tub has no stopper. And I wasn’t about to put these things in my new tub. :-)
Step 5: Sit Back and Admire Your Sparkling Clean Oven
When the self clean finished, I put on an oven mitt and used a damp sponge to wipe out the dust left behind. I put the clean oven racks in and was done.
I am really pretty proud. Can you tell? Haha! We’ve been knocking out all sorts of tedious jobs around here. Pressure washing, oven cleaning. What’s next?!
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