Stove tops and ovens are one of the most challenging appliances in the kitchen to clean. The combination of burnt fat residues, leftover spills, and other mysterious cooked-on items are no stranger to the average household kitchen range. These residues and deposits can adversely affect your kitchen’s cleanliness, as well as, the way your food tastes. It’s no wonder why every homeowner wants to know how professional cleaning technicians keep kitchen ranges and ovens so clean and tidy!
Continue reading to learn some effective solutions to simple oven and stove-top cleaning.
Cleaning Oven Racks
A great, and simple, approach to cleaning dirty oven racks involves getting your hands on a large plastic wash tub. A bathtub would work as well, but it would require a thorough cleaning afterwards. Lay an old sheet, towel, or blanket in the bottom of the washtub. Next, gently lay the oven racks on top.
Once the racks are in place, fill the tub with warm water and a half of a cup of ammonia. You can purchase a generic ammonia solution at your local grocery store or pharmacy. Allow the oven racks to sit and soak for at least a half hour; then wipe and rinse them clean. Be sure to properly dispose the leftover dirty water responsibly.
Electric Oven Cleaning
If you own an electric oven, a good way to facilitate an easy and effective clean would be to use a simple and common ammonia technique. Start by boiling a small pot of water on the stove and turning the oven on to 150 degrees. Once the oven preheats, turn it off. Before the oven begins to cool, insert a bowl on the top rack containing half a cup of ammonia.
On the bottom rack, insert a pan contain boiling water and then close the door. Allow the combination to sit overnight, then remove the pan and bowl the next morning. Let the oven air out for a few minutes, then wipe off the inside walls using the leftover ammonia, a few drops of a light dish detergent, and warm water. This blend of solutions and techniques leaves your oven sparkling clean in as little as 24 hours!
Using Salt, Vinegar, and Newspaper
There are three common household items that one would never consider using to clean their ovens and stove tops: salt, vinegar, and newspaper. Salt, for instance, is a great preventative for that caked-on and burnt up food residue inside your oven and on your range. If you have a food spill inside your oven, simply throw some salt on the spill while it is still in liquid form. Later, the spill is not crusted onto the surface and can be easily wiped off with a wet rag. The dame goes for stove-top spills. Shake salt on the liquid spill before it hardens to have an easier time cleaning it up later.
Vinegar is another effective cleaning agent found in many residential homes. When it comes to ovens and stoves, vinegar is a great grease fighter. After frying or cooking with heavy oils, grease and fat are likely to splatter on the walls, stove top, and hood. Use an undiluted white vinegar and clean sponge to wipe away the oil and grease. Then rinse it clean with a sponge dipped in fresh water. It is the ultimate grease challenger.
As far as newspaper goes, it comes in handy for homes that use self-cleaning ovens. For people who own a self-cleaning oven, they are familiar with the flaky stuff left over on the bottom of the oven floor. It is a shame to waste roll after roll of expensive paper towel when you can simply use moistened, crumpled newspaper. It really works!
When Your Oven Has Seen its Last Meal
When your range reaches a certain age, it starts to show signs of performance issues and even possible sanitation concerns. Although it can be stressful putting together a budget for a new stove, there are some options to make back some money it, regardless of its age or condition. Just because a stove isn’t operational or new doesn’t mean that it lacks value!
You can sell your old or broken down stove, or any old appliance, to a local scrap metal recycling center! They pay cash for any and all metal-containing commodities, especially appliances. You can kill two birds with one stone by selling to a scrap metal buyer since they will also pick it up and haul it away for you. This means you do not have to do anything but call their office and accept their offer!