An oven caked with grime from top to bottom of its dark interior can be overwhelming, as well as possibly unsafe to use. Cleaning a convection oven regularly cuts down on the need to use serious detergents, such as those in Easy-Off oven cleaner. However, using the longtime commercial cleaner can make cleaning a dirty oven a less difficult task to complete in an afternoon.
Oven cleaning products, from natural household cleaners to commercial brands, can remove the grime easily when used correctly.
How to Use Easy-Off
Remove the convection oven racks to allow you to move around and scrub the interior of the oven more easily. Make sure the oven is cool and has not been used in the last few hours before attempting to clean. This way, you don't inadvertently burn yourself or create fumes from cleaners sprayed into the oven.
For spot cleaning, spray the Easy-Off heavy duty oven cleaner in a cold convection oven at least 9 to 12 inches from the surface. According to Easy-Off, you can turn the oven on to 200 degrees, and then turn it off before spraying for a deeper clean of the oven. The company recommends that the cleaner not be used on porous surfaces, such as those in microwaves or continual-cleaning ovens.
The Easy-Off oven cleaner can be wiped off after 30 seconds or left on the oven surface for 30 minutes to allow it to work. Always follow the directions for the specific type of Easy-Off cleaner that you are using.
The self-cleaning oven option is convenient and effective. It makes getting the gunk off the sides and ceiling of the hardworking appliance easier, cutting down on the time spent scrubbing these surfaces in awkward and uncomfortable positions.
After running the self-cleaning cycle, there will be piles of ash from burned-off grease and food debris that have collected on the sides, ceiling and floor of the appliance. Remove the dust and debris with a wet — but not soaked — dish towel until it is relatively free of the debris left over from the self-cleaning cycle.
Spray a light layer of Easy-Off on areas that are still not quite clean. Pay attention to the floor of the oven's interior, as well as the sides where the racks and oversized dishes may bump against the surfaces and leave behind bits of food.
Using Natural Ingredients
Whether you don't want to use harsh chemical cleaners to cut through grime in the interior or there is still a light layer of grease or cleaner on the surface of the appliance, then common household cleaners can also work well to clean the oven.
Combined or used separately, these natural cleaners have long been used to clean out an oven that has a buildup of grease and bits of baked-on food. A baking soda and vinegar oven cleaner solution will not only clean, it will also deodorize an oven that has an unwanted acrid smell. It can also remove the chemical smell from using the hardy Easy-Off cleaner.
CNET recommends that you make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1-part water and apply it to any stubborn stains or burned drips of oily sauces on the bottom of the oven's interior. You can spray the areas with a mix of 1-part each of water and vinegar to further accelerate the grease-removal process. Allow to sit on the stains for about 15 minutes to half an hour before scrubbing and rinsing well.
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.