Tip 1

It’s OK to scour and scrape your oven. All the black build-up will need to be scraped. Carbon can form in a thick layer and if you are unable to use scour on it then I highly recommend some good old elbow grease and a scraper. Grease can form a thick layer at the bottom of your oven and splash on the sides. No matter how much you spray or use chemical foam, this will not remove the grime. The only way to cut through the layers is to use a scaper. So don’t be afraid!

A scraper will get rid of the worst of the grime, but not all of it. It’s a good idea to warm (not heat) your oven before this as it will loosen the grime and grease. No more than 70 degrees though or you risk burning yourself. Old blades on the scraper should be discarded and I always say the new the blade the quicker the clean. So go for pristine and sharp blades. You will thank me!

Tip 2

Cleaning the Glass on an Oven

Like before, it’s alway a good idea to heat the oven. But in the case of glass try to keep it around 40 degrees max. Again, it’s a way of loosening up the grime and melting any grease splashes. It’s not a good idea to have it so hot that the spray just disappears into thin air when it hits the overheated surface. You will know what’s right.

Wet the glass next. You can use water, de-greaser or a soapy solution. All you are doing is getting the surface wet.

Next up hold your scraper firmly with the edge pressed at a 25 degree angle to the glass. Scrape as hard as you can along the grime. This is the hard part of oven cleaning and should remove 95% of your dirt and grime.

Lastly I use a common or garden cream cleaner or even a household oven cleaning paste to get rid of the last remaining layers of dirt. If you don’t want scratches then don’t use a scratch pad. For this part opt for the softer option.

Tip 3

The Tricky Bit Between Glass & Oven

This is my bug-bear. Food or bits of grime that get stuck in between a pane of glass on the oven. But you’ll be glad to know that most modern ovens come equipped with removable doors and glass that come off. It’s a simple as removing a couple of screws usually located near the bottom of the door and then unhooking from their hinges on the oven door. It’s a tricky one. But if you use gentle perseverance then you can manage it. It’s taken me years to learn my job but this bit is really quite simple with a bit of practice.

Tip 4  Oven Cleaning Products I Can Recommend

Depending on where you are reading this some of the brands may not sound familiar. But I will try to describe the contents more-so than the actual labels. I avoid using harsh products containing nasty chemicals like caustic soda, or to give it another name sodium hydroxide. It’s nasty and it’s very hard to get rid of once applied inside the oven. It gets into the cracks and ridges of ovens and is problematic to remove. However, I strongly recommend caustic soda for cleaning trays and stainless steel racks.

Mr Proper oven cleaner comes ready made with zip-lock bags. The oven cleaning solution can be poured directly into these bags with oven trays inserted inside. I would suggest this work to be done outdoors. Odours and smells are not the worst things that can happen to you when cleaning an oven but definitely err on the side of caution when dealing with harsh cleaning products. Once the solution is washed off the oven racks, do it again. And then again. In essence, make sure to thoroughly wash the trays with a soapy liquid solution once taken out of the bags.

Oven Pride comes with a zip lock bag and a solution that can be poured into the bag along with the racks and trays. I would advise you to take these bags out of the house and follow the cleaning procedure in the garden. This way none of the nasty smells are in your house and you do not have to worry so much about spilling any of the product on the floor. Always very thoroughly clean the oven racks with washing up liquid solution after they are removed from the bags.

Some brands do not contain caustic substances such as Atonish oven cleaner. It’s a given that you may have to apply a little elbow grease if using a non toxic product. But with the help of a good scourer it can turn out some impressive results. A plus is the lack of nasty odours and unwanted residue. It’s one of my favourite supermarket cleaners.