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Getting Down and Dirty: How To Clean An Oven

Dirty oven? When you have a spill its best to clean it up right away, but whether you have an electric or gas oven, here’s tips for cleaning your oven.There are two paths to getting the full life expectancy out of your oven: either you don’t use it, or you keep it clean. For most of us, the first path isn’t an option.

The importance of a clean oven is one of longevity and efficiency. Baked on dirt makes the oven heat up more slowly, making it less efficient. Yes, there are commercial oven cleaners available, but most contain harmful chemicals. Something you don’t want to expose yourself and your family to.Then there’s the self-cleaning oven. It sounds like the perfect solution, but just say no. Your oven is not designed to withstand the extreme temperatures for the prolonged period of time required to incinerate the grit, grease and grime. It will cause your oven to wear out prematurely.

Learning how to clean your oven without these hazards is not impossible (Hint: There is actually a homemade oven cleaner that makes the task both safe and easy.)Materials Needed for Cleaning Your Oven

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Dish washing detergent
  • Sponge
  • A dry cloth or paper towels

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