4 Best Ways to Clean Your Oven

By on 11th July 2011 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cleaning Tips

Don’t you just hate it when you look inside your oven and are met with the ugly sight of food bits, grease and grime? You have a think about the last time it was cleaned and realise that it’s been way too long. You say to yourself, ‘never again’ and commit yourself to cleaning the oven so that grease, burned food and odours become a thing of the past.

So what’s the best way to make sure this doesn’t happen and that you don’t spend days on end trying to get your oven back to its once normal state? What are the best ways to clean your oven?

1. Clean after usage

First of all, for anyone cooking a particularly messy or large meal where fat will splatter and foods will spill, it’s wise to give the oven a clean after usage. Whilst this may not be needed for cooking the odd pizza, it should definitely be considered if the food you’re cooking is particularly smelly and messy.

It’s also good practice to make sure the oven is clear of any food spills. This is because foods that are left inside the oven can cause severe problems the next time it’s used, such as smoking and ineffective cooking. Excessive smoking will affect the way your food is being cooked, not to mention give it burned taste.

2. Clean every two to twelve weeks

Whilst it may not be practical to clean your oven every time after it has been used, it’s important to not let years pass without the inside of your oven seeing a cloth. The amount you clean your oven really depends on your individual circumstances, such as how often you use your oven and the types of food that you’re cooking.

In this case it’s good to get into the habit of just spending an hour every two to twelve weeks to give the inside of your oven a thorough clean. This will remove any food spills, and grease which can cause ineffective cooking, as well as remove any odours which can give the foods you’re cooking a bad taste.

3. Purchase a self cleaning oven

The invention of the self cleaning oven is a godsend for anyone who wants their oven cleaned from time to time, allowing them to enjoy their spare time as they see fit without spending hours and even days scrubbing off food residues and grime every few months.

Whilst this method is excellent at reducing dirt and grime into ash, it still requires a certain degree of cleaning from the individual. The build up may be less extensive, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need some form of attention.

4. Use an Oven valeting service

So if you’re not able to clean your oven as often as possible, and can’t face the prospect of a day scrubbing off grim and grease, what’s the next best thing? That’s easy; it’s using an Oven Valeting Service.

Just like the way your car gets valeted, your oven can receive a meticulous clean, not just to make sure it’s aesthetically pleasing, but also so that it’s hygienic and functions to its optimum. In today’s busy and hectic world, we don’t all have time to be as domesticated as we want. So you don’t have the arduous task yourself, this is the perfect solution and probably the best way clean your oven, by professionals who know exactly what they’re doing.

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.