Are you baking more during your quarantine? Ovens are getting a real workout while we are all at home social distancing. Whether it is cookies, sourdough bread, or elaborate roast dinners, spending more time in the kitchen is a silver lining for many people.
Spills are just part of cooking and baking. Ideally, that splatter of grease or bubbled over cheese gets wiped up right away before it has a chance to set. However, the reality is that many of us prefer to get right to eating, and the cleaning waits until later. Much later!
When ovens are used again and the last spill gets baked in, the cleaning becomes a real challenge. We have these 5 tips tips for you to get that oven shiny and clean again.
1. Baking Soda. An alkali with a pH value of about 8, baking soda is effective at removing fats like spilled cheese or grease from roasting. Sprinkle baking power on spill and then use a damp cloth in a circular motion to scrub away.
2. Heat. An extreme example of this is the self-cleaning cycle of many oven models. In our experience, that can be a very hot, long, and smelly process - not ideal when everyone is at home! We recommend using heat this way: lay a hot soapy cloth over a stubborn spill and let soak for 10 minutes. That will soften the spill and be easier to remove. This is especially true for cheese splatters and baked in bread crumbs.
3. Scraper. When there is a lump of burnt old food on the oven floor, sometimes scraping it off is the best approach. Be gentle here - do not use a bread knife or anything metal. Our cleaning kits include a flexible plastic flat tool which we hold on an angle. Spray with a soapy solution to provide glide, and move the scraper to pop off the lump.
4. Tea Tree Oil. A natural degreaser, it is also powerful when dealing with smelly stuck on food. Try mixing 1 part water with 1 part vinegar, and add a few drops of tea tree oil. Spray and wipe the inside of the oven and the racks to remove any residue from your cleaning products and give the surfaces a shiny finishing touch. This is especially important if you have used an oven cleaning spray, which is quite toxic. Be sure all residue is removed before you next prepare food in the oven.
5. Time. For pros like us, this is called “dwell time” and is part of the science of cleaning. You know how you leave on the dye when colouring your hair? Cleaning agents also need time to sit and work on the soil you are removing. Since ovens have baked on and burnt in soil, time is your friend. Be patient. An overnight treatment is often the best.
We understand that cleaning the oven is not a high priority for you when social distancing lifts…or at any other time! Contact us to book cleaning hours you can use for your oven, your fridge, that shower floor - give us your list and let us do the work for you.