So you want to know how to clean a dirty oven? Hello and welcome to the industrial-strength rendition of my Hassle-free oven cleaning post. Trust me: the inside of your oven door could look like it was painted with Cuprinol, several times over, and this would still make it look like new.
For this heavy-duty version, you will need:
- Liberal quantities of bicarbonate of soda.
- A bowl.
- A cloth.
- A wallpaper scraper.
Yes, that is all! I don’t use the supermarket bicarbonate of soda, which comes in small pots in the home baking section; instead, I buy bicarb in bulk from Summer Naturals, because I put the stuff to various uses.
How to clean a dirty oven
- Mix the bicarb and water into a thin paste.
- Smear the paste across the oven door/walls, using the cloth to ensure an even distribution.
- Leave for at least 30 minutes. Those tacky brown stains will begin to soften and melt.
- Remove stains, using the wallpaper scraper. Afterwards you can rinse the scraper under the tap – the bicarbonated brown/black gloop will simply fall off – and return it to its rightful place in the garden shed.
Your dirty oven will be clean and sparkling within minutes! Also, you can avoid the breathing difficulties and expenses associated with the powerful chemicals that purport to do the same job. I always used to feel a little uncomfortable about cooking food in an oven that I had daubed with stinking chemical nasties. But the bicarb doesn’t pong, and rinses off easily.