How to clean an oven

With the right tools, cleaning the oven can be effortless!BY THE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE TEAM17/05/2021 How to clean an Oven

How many of us are guilty of neglecting the oven simply because it’s usually closed and we don’t have to look at the inside?

According to research by Tombola, cleaning the oven is the most hated chore in the UK! But, the trouble is, the longer you leave it, the harder the job becomes to tackle.

There is some good news, even if you despise cleaning your oven. What if we told you there are ways to keep it clean, so you never have to devote a whole afternoon of your life to cleaning it?

We thought you’d be interested! Just follow our quick and easy four-step guide to keep your oven clean… RELATED STORYThe top-rated cleaning products

How to clean your oven

The inside and shelves

Soak oven shelves for an hour in a sink-full of hot water in which 250g of soda crystals have been dissolved. Scrub away baked-on food with a scrunched-up ball of foil, rinse and allow to dry.

If more drastic action is needed, use a specialised oven cleaner, such as Oven Pride to clean your oven and its shelves. Follow the instructions and remember that an oven cleaner cannot be used on stainless steel ovens or AGAs. Always wear rubber gloves and make sure the room is well ventilated.

You can also wash your shelves in the dishwasher if they’ll fit. Otherwise, you can soak them in a large plastic storage box in a solution of biological washing detergent and warm water. Use a mild abrasive cleaner to clean off any stubborn food and grease.

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The door

Remove any cooked-on food with a metal spatula or ceramic hob scraper, then use a gel or spray-on oven cleaner.

If you don’t have these, tackle the oven door by rubbing a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water on to the glass. Leave for 15-20 minutes then wipe off with a damp microfibre cloth. RELATED STORYWhy your grill always smokes

How to keep your oven clean

Once you’ve got your oven sparkling, it’s another struggle keeping it that way! Follow these hacks to keep it cleaner for longer…

Use oven liners

Before you use the oven, line the base either with a piece of foil or one of those brilliant easy-clean oven sheets that you can buy in most kitchen shops.

These non-stick sheets come in different sizes to suit all ovens and mean you’ll never have to clean the oven floor ever again!



Buy roasting bags

Use roasting bags for meat, fish or even veg, to ensure there are no spills or splatters during cooking.

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Remove grease instantly

If checking the progress of your cooking halfway through, remove the tray, rather than prodding about inside the oven and dripping grease on to it.

Always remove trays with an oven glove and be careful that your skin doesn’t make contact with the tray to avoid burning yourself.



Clean immediately after use

As soon as you’ve finished using the oven, put a heat-resistant bowl of water inside and heat at a high temperature for 20 minutes. This will help loosen dirt and grease.

When it’s cool enough, wipe the interior surfaces to remove grime. RELATED STORYOur expert guide to buying a knife set

Find an oven cleaning service

Can’t be bothered with all the grease and faff? Pay someone else to clean your oven for you.

GHI Head of Testing Verity Mann’s advice is – get the professionals to do it! “Using a professional oven cleaning service is convenient, time-saving and less hassle – worth every penny!”

How to choose…

  • Using a local service? Ask friends and family for recommendations.
  • Check if your oven manufacturer recommends a particular cleaning service.
  • for further advice, you can contact us direct here