For the inside and shelves use a specialized oven cleaner to clean your oven and its shelves. Follow the instructions and remember that an oven cleaner cannot be used on stainless steel ovens or AGAs. Always wear rubber gloves and make sure the room is well ventilated.
You can also wash your shelves in the dishwasher if they’ll fit. Otherwise, you can soak them in a large plastic storage box in a solution of biological washing detergent and warm water. Use a mild abrasive cleaner to clean off any stubborn food and grease.
Remove any cooked-on food with a metal spatula or ceramic hob scraper, then use a gel or spray-on oven cleaner. If you don’t have these, a paste made with bicarbonate of soda works well. If the glass is removable, soak in a solution of biological detergent to remove hard to reach grime.
Keeping it clean
Once you’ve got your oven sparkling, it’s another struggle keeping it that way! Follow these hacks to keep it cleaner for longer...
- After cleaning, line the base of your oven with an easy-clean oven sheet. Non-stick sheets come in different sizes to suit all ovens and mean you’ll never have to clean the oven floor ever again! Alternatively, place an empty baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any spills when cooking.
- Use roasting bags for meat, fish or even veg, to stop spills or splatters.
- When you check the progress of your cooking, remove the tray rather than prodding inside the oven.
- As soon as you’ve finished using the oven, put a heat-resistant bowl of water inside and heat at a high temperature for 20 minutes. This will help loosen dirt and grease. Then when it’s cool enough, wipe the interior surfaces to remove grime.
Can’t be bothered with all the grease and faff? Pay someone else to do it.
Get the professionals to do it!
‘Using a professional oven cleaning service is convenient, time-saving and less hassle – worth every penny!’ she says.
How to choose...
Using a local service? Ask friends and family for recommendations.
Check if your oven manufacturer recommends a particular cleaning service.