How To Clean Ovens And Oven Liners
Most people immediately think of one of the number of cleaning products when considering cleaning their oven. However, these products are made with extremely strong chemicals, and can pose potential risks when they accidentally make contact with human skin or eyes. Because of this, it is best to always wear protective rubber gloves, and a inexpensive pair of goggles when using these products.
Additionally, it is best to avoid letting these products come in contact with surfaces other than the oven, as they can cause discoloration. The instructions on the product should be followed exactly in order to achieve the best results. It is necessary to cover parts such as the heating elements, wiring, and the thermostat. This can be done with aluminum foil.
Today many ovens offer a self-cleaning option. Newer models may even offer a continuous-cleaning function. Self-cleaning is done using a pyrolytic process. This is simply the process of using extremely high heat in order to incinerate debris and grime in the oven. This turns the grime into a fine, powdery ash that can simply be wiped away.
A continuous-cleaning oven uses a catalytic process. This process works through the porcelain-enamel which constantly absorbs soil and grime while the oven is being used at a normal temperature. While this is effective for smaller messes, large messes should be cleaned by hand, as they can stain the inside of the oven. This version should be wiped out on a weekly basis, and self-cleaning ovens should be wiped out after each cleaning. This can easily be done by using the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner.
For both oven types the manufacturer's instructions should always be followed. Neither of these oven types should ever be cleaned using commercial oven cleaning products. Additionally, the continuous-cleaning models should not be scrubbed with any type of abrasive cleaner, as these products can cause damage to the surface.
Oven racks often need to be cleaned as well. This can easily be done by removing them from the oven and soaking them in a tub of water that is warm and contains a half cup of ammonia. These should be allowed to soak for at least ½ hour. To be safe, make sure the bathroom has proper ventilation, as the smell of ammonia can be harmful. Once they have soaked, simply rinse and dry the racks before returning them to the oven.
Sugary foods often are hard to remove from the surface of an oven. To make the process easier, sprinkle salt directly onto the spill. Let this sit until the area harden and become crisp. Once this happens, allow the oven to cool. Once cooled, use a spatula to lift the spill off the surface area.
Once an oven is clean, it is best to wipe it down with a mixture of water and white vinegar that has been mixed equally. This helps finish the job, as well as helps to prevent the future buildup of grease.
Use of Oven Liners for Cleaning
Oven liners are one option for preventing spills from gathering in the bottom of your oven. These liners are long lasting, and are heat resistant. They also help to protect the bottom of the oven from harmful rust. Oven liners can easily be removed and cleaned. This should done periodically in order to prevent the messes collected by the liner from burning and smoking.
To clean an oven liner, remove it from the oven. Be careful not to spill any of the debris that has collected on top of it. While the liner is out, wipe the bottom of the oven itself to remove any dirt that may be present. The oven liner can be rinsed in the sink using warm water. Scrubbing pads can be used to help loosen any stuck on debris. Once clean, the liner should be rinsed well, and then dried completely before it is returned to the oven. Never use oven cleaning products on a oven liner, as the liner will actually absorb the chemicals, and will cause it to actually smoke once it is exposed to heat.