Cooktop Cove: You might think she's cooking, but these dishes are actually cleaning her oven
Scrubbing the oven is not at the top of anyone's favorite household chore list. You regret ever baking anything in there with every minute of cleaning that passes. So you put it off, just to make the task even harder when you finally get around to it.
Don't sweat it (or scrub it) any more! These amazing oven cleaning hacks will get your oven sparkling with things you already have around your home.
1. Give it a proper steaming (h/t One Good Thing)
Jillee uses the power of steam and ammonia to soften grime, stains and burned-on food in her oven. By preheating her oven and then adding a pot of boiling water and a dish of ammonia, she eliminates scrubbing. After 20 minutes, she wipes the oven down with dish soap, water and ammonia for an easy cleanup.
2. Make a miracle paste (h/t Craptastical)
Kate Elizabeth combined vinegar, baking soda, Dawn dish soap and lemon juice to achieve a clean oven without scrubbing all afternoon. She lets this mixture sit for a few hours and then wipes it clean.
3. Mix a simple three-ingredient oven cleaner
These three ingredients may be all you need to clean your oven: 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon of castile soap and 1/2 cup of baking soda. The castile soap breaks down grease and grime, and the baking soda provides grit for easy scrubbing. Wipe it on, and after 15 minutes, wipe it off to reveal a clean oven.
4. Use a scraper for tough spots
Apply a paste of baking soda and water, and let it rest for as long as you want. Just keep misting it with water to keep it damp. After you wipe it off, use a flat razor scraper or flat screwdriver to scrape up any spots that remain.
5. Heat up baking soda
Combine the power of baking soda and steam to create an awesome oven cleaner. You won't have to scrub after letting a pot of boiling water sit in an oven covered in a baking soda and water paste. The steam helps the baking soda loosen the toughest grime. After about 30 minutes, simply wipe everything off.
6. Use a Magic Eraser on glass
The easiest way to remove the baked-on grime from your glass oven door is your handy Magic Eraser. It gently removes tough residue with hardly any effort. Just dampen the sponge and rub it gently on the glass.
7. Clean between the glass
If you have a clean oven, but the glass is still dirty, the grime could be trapped between the two panes of oven glass. Easily clean between the two glass panels by simply unscrewing two screws and lifting up the inner door section.
8. Soak racks for an ammonia-free clean
Ammonia is effective, but it's harsh and gives off unpleasant vapors. You can clean your oven grates easily without it. The secret is laundry detergent. Place the racks in the bathtub and cover them with hot water. Add laundry detergent, and stir it up a bit. After an overnight soak, your racks will be as good as new.
9. Polish the stovetop, too
Now that your oven is sparkling, shine up the stovetop with a mixture of baking soda, Dawn dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. A little light scrubbing and then a wipedown will leave it as clean as your oven. A microfiber cloth helps polish away streaks for a perfect finish.
Once your oven is clean, a regular wiping will help prevent future burned-on messes. Share these oven cleaning hacks with your friends and family on Facebook!
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