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How To Clean An Oven The Easy Way


How To Clean Oven Easy Way

A miracle has occurred in my kitchen.  No, I didn't see a holy image in my breakfast toast.  I'm talking about a different kind of miracle.  My oven is clean!  Normally, as long as my oven works and cooks things properly, I don't mind of it's clean or not.  I'd resigned myself to having a dirty oven and I like to think of the baked on crud as evidence that I actually use the thing to cook once in a while.

Since I'm always looking for new things to try on Pinterest, I tried several different methods to clean my oven, and none of them worked as well as this one.   Several pins on Pinterest suggested scrubbing with baking soda and water which didn't work at all.  Other pins suggested using baking soda and vinegar.  The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar is supposed to help remove the crud, but again it didn't work.  Another pin suggested setting a pan of ammonia in the oven but I couldn't stand the fumes.  Another pin suggested placing a large pot of hot, steaming water in the oven.  The steam is supposed to loosen the baked on crud in the oven, but the pan of water cools off quickly and the steam doesn't last long enough to do anything.  This method didn't work, but it was on the right track. 

Then I found this idea.  Use a steamer to clean your oven.  Well that makes sense!  My Conair GS60 Deluxe Compact Fabric Steamer produces lots of hot steam for 45 minutes, much longer than a pan of hot water.  It did a great job removing wallpaper during my bathroom makeover, so why not use it to clean the oven!


Here's what you'll need:
a steamer
a sponge
a bucket or sink nearby to rinse out the sponge
gloves to project your hands from the steam

Make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands from the steam.  The steam is hot and it will burn you!  I set the nozzle of the steamer in one section of the oven for about 30 - 60 seconds, then scrubbed with the sponge.  I had to rinse out the sponge frequently.  Just keep repeating steam, scrub, and rinse over and over until the oven is clean.  Not a lot of fun, but look on the bright side.  There are a few bonuses that come from all your hard work and scrubbing.  Not only will your oven be clean, but you get a nice little mini facial from the steam!  And be sure to tell your family that you're going out for dinner tonight because you don't want to cook and get your beautiful clean oven dirty again! 

This is what my oven looked like before.

After using the steamer it looks so much better!
How To Clean Oven Easy Way

The sides of the oven were a little more stubborn.  They didn't get completely clean, but they're much cleaner than they were.


 The steam didn't work at all on the glass.  I gave it a good try, but got tired of scrubbing after a while and decided to try something different.

A razor cleaned that stuff right off.  Here's the part where I tell you to be extremely careful!  Please don't accidentally cut yourself or scratch the class.  I didn't use the razor while using the steamer.  I scrapped the glass with the razor while everything was dry.  I though it best to make sure everything was dry to prevent slipping.  Scrape slowly and carefully and with light pressure to prevent scratching the glass. 
How To Clean Oven Easy Way

It worked!  That glass is spotless!
How To Clean Oven Easy Way

Now my oven is clean and I didn't have to use any toxic chemicals!

How To Clean Oven Easy Way

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27 comments:

  1. Aaaah, your a life saver! Thanks for this great cleaning tip!

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    1. You're welcome! I tried several different methods, but this one seemed to work the best.

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  2. thanks for posting...I have had some success with the baking soda and vinegar - but this seems to work much better...I guess I will have to find someone with a steamer I can borrow!

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    1. My mother-in-law gave me her steamer and I love it!

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  3. Now I really wish I had a steamer! I'll have to check with my friends.

    I'd love for you to share this tip with my readers at Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

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  4. A really great tip....thanks for sharing.
    Over from Home and Garden and your new follower. Come by to see me when you can....
    xo bj

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  5. Oh, wow. I wish I had a steamer! I have a carpet cleaner, but it isn't a steamer. =( my oven needs this!

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  6. This is awesome. I try to remember to wipe down my oven after each use when it is still warm but no longer hot. Unfortunately, I sometimes forget and I still get build up in there! This trick will be handy.

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  7. I made some soft scrub using dish soap and baking soda to clean my oven and it worked really well. I just put it on, let it sit for a few hours and lightly scrubbed off the burnt grease.

    I do want to get a real steamer. I borrowed a friend's steamer one time and I fell in love with how well it worked.

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    1. My mother-in-law gave me her steamer and I love it. It's been helpful at removing wall paper as well as cleaning the oven. It's also small and easy to store. I'm looking forward to finding more uses for it.

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  8. Do you not have a self-cleaning oven or do you need to do this on top of using the self-clean feature? I'm so terrible at cleaning things, ha. Thanks for sharing this tip on the weekend re-Treat link party.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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    1. Unfortunately, I don't have a self cleaning oven.

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  9. Wow, I might have to borrow my mom's steamer now. My oven desperately needs cleaning. Thanks for this - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  10. This will definitely come in handy!!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

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  11. I've never seen someone use a steamer on the oven before, but it certainly seems to have worked. Also thank you for emphasizing the need for safety gear on this one. While the steam wouldn't be considered a "hazardous fume" in the normal sense, it's certainly dangerous to eyes and hands due to the heat. Also, your oven looks excellent. Thank you for sharing, this great post!

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    1. I just wanted anyone who tried this to be careful and not get hurt. That steam is super hot and really will burn you!

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  12. Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise. I hope you will be back to link up another awesome post this week!
    Cathy @ http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

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  13. Wow, that's amazing - my daughter has a steamer - I may have to borrow hers! do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  14. looks great! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. You help to make it a success.♥

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  15. Wow, really did a nice job! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Wow! Your oven looks great! I am so borrowing my Dad's steamer and doing this now. Pinned it.

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  17. Hey new follower here .. Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl… I gotta RUN .. Need to go and get a steamer girl . LOVE this and Thank you . LOVE your blog. I will be a regular.

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  18. I use professional pure acid in a spray bottle very carefully with protective gloves and mask and long selves but it wipes strait out no scrubbing then I give it a once over with hot soapy water to make sure all acid is gone and then I always turn the oven on for an hour as with any oven cleaner there's always some fumes when u turn the oven on first time after cleaning so I turn it on with no food just to get rid of any residue or smell

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  19. I have been fretting for about a week on how to clean my self cleaning oven without using that feature. I had a bad spill and can't use the oven until I clean it. It is to cold outside to vent the house and it really smokes from the spill and the smell is nauseating. I was all set to try the backing soda method when out of curiosity, I googled if you can steam clean the oven. I am thrilled and can't wait to try probably tomorrow. I had gotten a steam cleaner as a service award gift and have never used it yet. Thanks.

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