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Cleaning the oven is no easy task and probably not one that you’re looking forward to. However, a pristine cooker is important not only to the quality of your food but to your health, too. Should the oven be cleaned after every use?
In short – it depends. How much you use it and what you cook all play a part in this. However, in general, we should aim to clean them at least once every 6 months.
So, if you are:
Then this article is for you!
The interior of the oven should be cleaned every 3 months and the exterior once a month. Consider more frequent cleaning if you use a lot of oil in your cooking, or if you notice the smell of burnt food when using your oven. If you rarely use your appliance, a cleaning every 6 months may suffice.
For self-cleaning ovens, remove and clean the racks separately and according to the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
Check our toaster cleaning guide if you wonder how often you should clean it.
As rarely as possible, this function is designed to clean very dirty ovens. If your oven is not too dirty, skip the self-cleaning function and clean it yourself by hand. However, if all the above signs are present and you can’t remember the last time your oven was cleaned, simply hit the self-clean button.
Sometimes your oven may look fully cleaned on the outside making it hard to tell if it needs cleaning. Well, there are a few signs you should look out for that are a good indication of whether or not your oven has been neglected for a very long time.
Like any other appliance, your oven needs to be cleaned in order to continue functioning properly. Keeping it clean is just as important as keeping its mechanical parts up to par.
If you let grime build up inside your cooker, it can clog the filters and mechanisms, causing temperature issues, among many others. Then, you will have to call an oven repair technician. Not only that, but the build-up of grease also puts your oven at risk of a grease fire.
Letting food and dirt pile up is also a great opportunity for bacteria to grow and can lead to a bad oven smell. This bacteria can transfer over to your food and, in turn, to you and your family.
Aside from the health risks, accumulated grease and scorched food will also cause billowing smoke every time you open your oven. This can cause some burns, not to mention the charcoal taste it can give your food.
So, to prevent any of this, make sure you clean your oven regularly. While you’re at it, you can go one step further and take care of your cooking hob as well.
Steam cleaning your oven is an easy, natural way to remove dirt and grease from it. Place an oven-safe pot filled with water inside your oven and put it at 230 degrees °F for 30-60 minutes.
When the oven is cool, wipe any excess water or food particles off with a sponge or dish rag.
It’s unrealistic to clean your oven every day but if you want to keep your oven clean give it a quick wipe after each use. If you have just fried something and you notice oil spillages on your hob, give it a quick wipe with a cloth and spray some degreaser. The same goes for the oven door, it won’t take a lot of your time.
Also, you can put an oven liner at the bottom of your oven. These Teflon mats will catch any grease and food spillages falling to the bottom of the oven, and they’re very easy to clean.
If the thought of tackling your oven chills you to the bone, or if you simply don’t have the time, we have a solution. Fantastic Services offers a deep oven cleaning service, performed by skilled and reliable professionals. The specialists come equipped with everything they need to complete the job, including a dip tank and any cleaning solutions they will require. You can rest and relax, knowing that your oven will be spotless and your dinner – tastier than ever!
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