With the many different ovens in homes today, cleaning might be a bit of a puzzle. But don’t worry. I have the instructions here for you. There isn’t many chores the homemaker dreads more than cleaning a dirty oven. I know. I don’t like it either. But it has to be done and the sooner the better.
For a slightly dirty oven, use detergent and hot water. Don’t use any abrasive powder or steel wool. Clean shelves with dishwashing liquid in the sink or bathtub, protecting surface with towels. First check the manufacture cleaning instructions before beginning. If it’s a self cleaning oven use the cleaning cycle as often as needed. At the end of the cycle, wipe down with a damp cloth. Be sure to have good ventilation to prevent smoke and fumes from coating the walls. If there are soil leaks on the oven door, use the lightest nonabrasive cleaner possible. Don’t scrub the gasket itself, unless very carefully with a sponge dampened with plain water. Never use an abrasive product or commercial oven cleaner on the interior surface.
To clean a continuous cleaning oven, never use harsh abrasives, scouring pads, or commercial cleaners. All you need do is wipe down the interior with a damp cloth as soon as the oven cools.
In non self-cleaning ovens spills should be wiped up as soon as they occur so food will not build up. When cleaning, protect the oven bottom with aluminum foil, but don’t block any vents. Loosen grease by placing 1/2 cloudy ammonia in the warm oven. Turn oven off and close oven door. Leave it several hours or overnight, them wipe well with hot water and detergent. For really stubborn stains, use a commercial cleaner and plastic pad or brush to scrub.
Microwave ovens, use a mild cleaner and soft cloth to clean the exterior. Wipe up any inside spills quickly. To remove cooking stains, wipe the floor and walls of oven with a hot damp cloth. Wash turntable in hot water and dishwashing liquid. To remove odors, place a dish containing 1/4 cup lemon juice in oven and turn on high for one minute. Remove and wipe inside of oven using the lemon condensation in the oven. Scrape off any stains with a plastic credit card.
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