Oven Ready?


Is the inside of your oven looking a little lacklustre, especially since the Christmas onslaught?

Ovens can be a burden to clean if stains and grease have been left to fester for weeks or even months. Built-up grime can also contaminate food and cause unpleasant odours to linger in the kitchen.

Experts at MuscleFood.com have revealed seven cupboard essentials which can be used to remove stubborn oven stains in minutes and ensure your oven gets a good spring clean and looks shiny-new. Ashleigh Tosh, from the company, says: ‘Make sure to use a non-abrasive sponge to clean off the residue and wipe it down afterwards with a microfibre cloth to remove streak marks from the oven door.’

1. Washing up liquid

Simply put washing-up liquid onto the areas of oven dirt and give it a firm scrub with a non-abrasive sponge. The liquid can help the oven shine in minutes.

2. White vinegar

A 30p bottle of white vinegar can be a cleaning miracle if you need to clean an oven quickly. Use a mix of white vinegar and distilled water in a spray bottle to get rid of tough stains. When used on an oven door, wipe it down with a microfibre cloth to remove any streak marks.

3. Baking soda

Sprinkle baking soda onto a sponge to remove tough grease and grime. The substance acts as an abrasive which can help get rid of stains quickly and efficiently.

4. Steam cleaning

Make sure the steam is directly contacting the toughest stains in the oven as it can help loosen the dirt and it will be easier to wipe off. The oven must be completely cooled down before steam cleaning, and remove any racks inside.

5. Salt

Salt can help loosen oven dirt which refuses to move. Ensure the oven is thoroughly wiped down before cooking.

6. Lemons

The citrus in lemons will help to cut through the grease and will leave a fresh scent when you open the oven door. It’s worth spraying white vinegar onto the lemon and giving the oven a firm scrub for better results.

7. Cornstarch

This store cupboard staple can help to remove any spillages in the oven as the substance is effective in absorbing moisture. It won’t work well by itself on grease stains, but it’s worth having it on standby, as when mixed with white vinegar it can work as an effective cleaning solvent.

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