Ovenu Best UK Oven Cleaners of 2019

Finding a professional oven cleaning service can be a bit hit and miss. But if you want an independent overview to help you pick the best oven cleaner in the UK, referring to reliable customer reviews is the way to go.

Over the years and across our various locations, Ovenu’s professional oven cleaners have accumulated over 21,000 reviews & testimonials, averaging an invincible 5/5 stars.

Our Trustist page collects reviews originating from every major platform including Facebook, Google, Checkatrade, Yell and, of course, Trustist itself.

This is what our clients have to say about us.

“I Have my Cooker Back to Pristine Condition”

If there’s one thing that our customers agree about, it’s that our technicians are experts in making any oven look as new. From the beautiful Lacanche Ranges and classic AGAs to modern domestic ovens, hobs & extractors, our truly unique cleaning products and specialist techniques will leave you stunned at just how clean your used oven can be restored to.

“Don’t Waste Time Buying Those Supposed Oven Cleaners in a Can”

Although DIY oven cleaning might seem like a good idea, it’s generally only moderately effective at cleaning day-to-day dirt and grime. According to our clients, the effort simply isn’t worth it if you can have superb results with a prompt and effective clean by an Ovenu specialist.

Ovenu’s enamel cleaning product is approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association, ensuring it leaves your oven enamel shiny and intact. Sold exclusively to our franchisees, you’ll probably struggle to get the same safety assured results from our competitors, let alone DIY oven cleaning!

“Always Polite, Friendly and Very Professional”

At Ovenu, we don’t appoint just anyone. Our network of oven cleaners, spread out throughout the UK, is always motivated, friendly, punctual and precise. Our attention to detail is what sets us apart, so expect our technicians so do a thorough job on projects large and small.

“Excellent. Just like Last Year, An Email Sent Reminding of Arrival Time”

And before we arrive for an appointment you’ll have received an itemised, all-inclusive quote and a booking confirmation. We’ll also pop over a helpful text the day before we arrive by way of a ‘forget-me-not’!

Celebrities Love Us as WellSarah Whitaker & Keith Archer

It’s not just landlords, tenants and homeowners who love using our services. Our oven cleaning services are often referred by AGA engineers, as well as by the internationally acclaimed AGA cookery demonstrator Sarah Whitaker. She says:

“As a busy working mum, trying to find the time to clean my own AGA is virtually impossible. Since I discovered OVENU a few years ago I now just make a quick call to my local OVENU expert and I come home to a gleaming AGA … Simple!”

In Case Something Goes Wrong, We’ve Got Your Back

In the unlikely case something gets damaged while we are working on your appliances, there is no need to panic. Our team of trusted technicians have fully comprehensive insurance cover; just in case!

Why Waste Time on DIY Oven Cleaning?

With Ovenu’s fast and efficient service, you can go about your business or enjoy your valuable leisure time whilst our experienced professionals restore your oven to “as good as new”.

Why not try us out today? Call 0800 140 9800 to receive a free quote.

When you regularly use your oven for grilling, roasting and baking, your oven racks are usually the first thing to get covered in grease and grime. Although a professional oven clean can really make your oven racks look brand new in no time, it might be worth occasionally doing some DIY maintenance in between visits from Ovenu.

As cleaning oven racks can be a bit of a chore, we recommend you factor in at least 10 hours to finish this task, which includes the essential soaking time.

Six Tried-and-Tested Methods for Cleaning Oven Racks

With decades of collective experience in oven cleaning, it wasn’t hard for us to put together a comprehensive list of methods for cleaning oven racks. Although varying in effort and results, the following methods are worth trying for removing stubborn grease and burnt-on foods.

1.    Use an Oven-Cleaning Bag

Oven-cleaning bags are specifically designed for cleaning oven racks and grills. As they contain an aggressive cleaning solution, make sure you wear household gloves when handling and place a maximum of two racks in the oven bag to soak overnight. Tilt the bag after two hours, so that the racks become recoated in cleaning fluids. The next day, wear household gloves again as you remove the racks from the bag and rinse them in hot soapy water.

Read our comprehensive user manual for oven-cleaning bags.

2.    Use an Oven-Cleaning Product

Unique range of oven cleaning productsA quick and easy way to remove dirt from your oven racks is with a simple oven-cleaning product. Lay the racks on an old cloth or rag in an outside area, spray them with the cleaning product and leave them to soak overnight. The next day, rinse them with water and rub off any stubborn bits as well as you can before wiping the racks dry.

Warning: the efficacy of this method depends on the product. Ovenu has reviewed six eco-friendly oven-cleaning products to help you make an informed choice.

3.    Give Them a Dishwasher Powder Bath

In case your oven racks only need a mild clean, bathing them in a hot bath with dishwasher powder might be the appropriate solution. Make sure you protect your bathtub from scratching by placing towels or sponges underneath the corners of the racks, then fill the bath with just enough water to cover all of them. Crumble a dishwasher tablet into the water and leave the racks to soak overnight. The next day you will be able to rub off mild stains using a sponge and warm water.

4.    Use Baking Soda and Vinegar

One of the best ways to clean oven racks yourself is to use baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda on to the oven racks, then drench them in vinegar in a large sink or in the bathtub (protecting your bathtub with towels). The chemical reaction between these two cupboard essentials will result in an eruption of bubbles and foam – once the reaction is over, the racks can be submerged in hot water and left overnight. The next day, scrubbing the racks clean will be easily done with a dishcloth or toothbrush.

Learn how to clean your oven with common products from your cupboards.

5.    Use Rubbish Bags and Ammonia

If your oven racks are very heavily soiled, the safest option is to arrange a visit from a professional oven-cleaning company. However, if you aren’t afraid of using some heavy chemicals you might want to try the ammonia and rubbish bag method. Wearing household gloves to protect your hands, put your oven racks in a rubbish bag and pour half a cup of ammonia over each. Tie the bag tightly, removing as much air as you can, and turn it several times to cover all the surfaces. Leave the bag outside for three hours. Now, wearing your household gloves for safety, remove the racks and wash them thoroughly with washing-up liquid.

Warning: you’ll need to perform this process outside or in a very well-ventilated room. Ovenu is not responsible for any damage caused by harsh chemicals.

6.    Use Self-Cleaning Oven Features

Although a self-cleaning oven doesn’t remove the need for a regular deep clean, it is very useful for increasing the lifespan of your oven by facilitating regular surface cleans. If you are looking to clean your oven racks, simply keep them in the oven when you turn on the self-cleaning feature.

Warning: cleaning your oven racks with the self-cleaning feature may cause them to become rough and lose their shine.

If you want to ensure your oven racks maintain their shine, call on Ovenu to give your domestic oven a professional deep clean. Our experienced technicians know every bit of your oven inside and out, and use top-quality oven-cleaning products that are kind to your lungs and the environment!

Oven cleaning doesn’t have to be hard. Call 0800 140 9800 to receive a free quote today!

Oven cleaning products don’t have to be damaging to be effective. In fact, some of the best cleaning products around look after the environment as much as Ovenu looks after your oven. We take a look at six of the choices available.

Sea Clean

Rating: 3.5 stars on Amazon

Sea Clean is an eco-friendly oven cleaner that can be used to maintain your oven or your barbecue. It is an organic product that is made from plant and seaweed extracts, and yet it is fairy effective at removing grease and dirt from barbecues, ovens and microwaves. Expect to use a scourer, however, even after application.

Downsides of using Sea Clean are that their credentials are dubious: there is no list of ingredients on the bottle, and the reviews vary wildly. Some users say that soap and tap water were more effective.

An upside of this eco-friendly oven cleaning product, however, is that it produces no harmful smells and doesn’t affect breathing for those with sensitive airways or asthma.

Dirtbusters Bio Oven Cleaner

Rating: 4 stars on Amazon

Dirtbusters Bio Oven Cleaner is non-caustic and safe for those with children and pets at home. It doesn’t release unpleasant odours or fumes, and is biodegradable and eco-friendly.

Unlike many other oven cleaning products, Dirtbusters will not burn your skin, so is safe for you, your oven and the environment. Users say, however, that you’ll need to use Dirtbusters regulary as this product is less effective at removing more tenacious grease and grime.

Ovenu Tank Mix Powder

Rating: 5 stars, rated by professionals

As with all Ovenu products, our Tank Mix Powder is made exclusively for our franchisees. We own the formula and are proud of the fact that we have created products that are kind to the environment, while still tackling even the hardest cleaning jobs.

Our Tank Mix Powder proves that you don’t need caustic soda to make a product for those heavy-duty carbon removal and degreasing jobs. The powder holds fats and grease in suspension, meaning that only fresh cleaning molecules take part in our cleaning processes. Once these cleaning molecules are gone, the mixture is replaced and the result is a safe, yet supremely effective cleaning process.

Ovenu Liquid Degreaser

Rating: 5 stars, rated by professionals

The degreasing, eco-friendly oven cleaner that we use on indoor ovens is water-based, and is great at degreasing everything from control dials to extractor hoods. It is biodegradable and is even sold in recyclable containers.

You never need to worry about our oven cleaning products producing unpleasant odours, as Ovenu Liquid Degreaser is mildly scented and will leave your kitchen smelling clean and fresh after our technicians leave!

Ovenu Carbon Remover

Rating: 5 stars, rated by professionals

Safe AGA cleaning productsWhen you need our oven technicians to deal with heavily soiled areas, Ovenu’s eco-friendly carbon remover will be their oven cleaner of choice. It is perfect for cleaning inside your oven, your oven door and even your microwave.

Once again, the Ovenu Carbon Remover proves that oven cleaning products can be both kind to the environment and tough on dirt, especially when used by experienced professionals.

This eco-friendly oven cleaner contains no caustic soda and it smells great. This means that when our technicians and our oven cleaning products have done their job, your oven will end up smelling as good as it looks.

Ovenu Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish

Rating: 5 stars, rated by professionals

Our Ovenu Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish is the icing on our eco-friendly-cleaning cake. It will leave a sparkling finish while maintaining our commitment to caring for both the planet and your oven.

If you want to find out more about how we can perfectly combine looking after your oven and taking care of the environment, why not book your eco-friendly Ovenu clean today!

There are plenty of oven cleaners out there, but not all are eco-friendly, and many contain some highly corrosive chemicals that may put you off using them. Thankfully, there is an easy way to maintain your oven between professional cleans, and it doesn’t require the use of harsh chemicals.

If you choose to steam clean your oven and soak the shelves, you will benefit from a powerful combination of cleaning techniques that can keep dirt at bay until your next Ovenu clean is due.

The Step-by-Step Approach to Steam Clean your Oven

  1. Remove your oven racks and use a duster or vacuum cleaner to remove any loose debris. Put one rack back in the oven, on one of the lowest shelves.
  2. The process of steam cleaning an oven starts by preheating your oven to 230°C degrees. Later on, this will be vital for creating steam, which makes getting rid of grease and grime a breeze.
  3. The next step to steam clean an oven is to half fill a large, oven-safe bowl or pot with water and half a cup of vinegar. This will help the steam to loosen grease and dirt, whilst reducing spillage that may result from filling the bowl fully.
  4. Place the pot in your oven and leave for between 20 and 60 minutes, allowing the steam to loosen grease and dirt from the oven walls, floor and ceiling.
  5. Turn off your oven and allow it to cool. This will ensure that the steam doesn’t burn you when you open the oven door.
  6. Once your oven is cool enough, you can wipe off the condensation that has formed on the inside of the oven. Use a clean, dry cloth and you will see that the grease and dirt come off easily.
  7. If any stubborn stains remain, you may need to try a spot treatment. Make a paste with four Cleaning an oventablespoons of baking soda and five ounces of water, add some to a kitchen sponge, and use the sponge to scrub the stains away.
  8. Rinse your sponge and wipe these spots clean. Then dry them with a soft cloth.
  9. In the meantime, place your shelves and any baking trays in an oven-cleaning bag. If possible, leave them to soak overnight.
  10. The next morning, scrub any dirt and grime off the shelves and trays using a sponge and hot soapy water.

If you have a significant build-up of dirt and grease inside your oven or on your shelves and trays, then you may need to repeat the steaming and soaking process several times. Although there is an alternative…

This steaming method is a great way of removing day-to-day dirt and grime, but it is no substitute for an Ovenu clean. We have the eco-friendly products and the specialist technicians needed to get your oven looking new again, all with the minimum amount of mess and fuss. So don’t delay, get in touch today and let the professionals take care of a your oven cleaning needs.

A regular professional oven clean is a must-have service but you also need to keep on top of those cooking splashes and splatters if you want to maintain the appearance of your glass oven doors in between visits from our experts.

In order to keep your oven door in tip-top condition, we recommend using a DIY scrub as part of your routine cleaning schedule.

How to Clean Your Oven with a Baking Soda Scrub

Using a baking soda scrub is the best way to clean your oven door and it is quick, simple and cheap to make. Start by mixing baking soda with water in a shallow container or bowl. Use three parts baking soda to one part liquid and mix until you have a loose paste and the baking soda has dissolved.

Open your oven door and spread the paste all over the glass. We think that using your fingers to do this is best as it means that you can cover every little bit of the glass.

Then, make yourself a cuppa and wait for the paste to do its work for 15 minutes. During this time, the baking soda will set to work on loosening stuck-on grime that is marring the appearance of your oven door. After a quarter of an hour, it’s your turn to do a little work. Use the scrubbing side of a non-scratch cleaning sponge to loosen any stuck-on foods and then start to rinse using just plain water.

Rinse your cleaning sponge and then work from one side of the glass to the other as you clean the baking soda paste off. Make sure that you rinse your sponge regularly and keep going until all traces of the baking soda have been washed away.

Next, you should dry off the glass using a dry, clean cloth. If you find any traces of the baking soda, wipe them off with a damp sponge and re-dry the area.

Finally, get a streak-free shine by polishing your door using a good-quality glass-cleaning product. We have found that using a paper towel and a side-to-side motion is the best way to clean your oven door.

How to Clean a Glass Oven Door with Heavy Staining

There may be times when baking soda alone won’t cut it and you want a way of getting rid of heavy staining between your professional cleans. If you want to know how to clean a glass oven door when there is some heavy staining to get rid of, this is what we recommend:

  • Heat your oven up to between 100 and 125 °F (37–51 °C).
  • Once heated, open the door and let it cool for a minute. The door should be warm but not too hot for you to touch. This warming will begin to soften the stuck-on food particles.
  • Spray on a good oven cleaner. Use just enough to ensure all the glass is covered but don’t use so much that you are left with pools of liquid.
  • Close your oven door and leave the cleaner to work for five minutes.
  • Use a damp kitchen sponge to clean the glass. We think you get the best results if you work in circles.
  • Rinse your sponge and wipe the glass clean, before drying using a clean, dry cloth.

If there are still spots of dried-on food, you can use a razor blade to scrape them off. Just make sure that you take care so that you don’t scratch the glass – or cut yourself!

Top Tips for Routine Maintenance

  • Use a baking soda paste once a week.
  • Wipe up spills and splashes immediately.
  • If your oven has a self-clean function, use it once a month.

These techniques will help to keep your oven looking as good as it can with DIY efforts but they are no substitute for a professional oven clean. Calling in the experts is the only route to take if you want your oven glass to look brand new and every inch of your oven to be valeted to perfection. Browse our site for more information on the benefits of an Ovenu clean and get in touch today for a free, no obligation quote.

Oven-cleaning bags are a relatively new innovation and certainly make the process of cleaning your oven a little easier. Care must always be taken when you are dealing with dangerous chemicals, so before you begin, make sure you have some long rubber gloves for protection. Remember that oven-cleaning bags are not suitable for use on any part of the hob or on the glass oven door or trim. Follow all the instructions carefully.

Safety Points when Using Oven-Cleaning Bags

  • Ensure the room is well ventilated.
  • Never use the product on a hot oven.
  • Protect surrounding surfaces from drips.
  • Do not eat or drink whilst using the product.
  • Keep all oven-cleaning products away from children and animals.

Cleaning Oven Racks and Grills

The racks and grills can often be the trickiest part to clean as they get dried-on dirt and grime and excess, burnt food. So, when it comes to cleaning these parts of the oven, be sure to:

  • Make sure you are wearing gloves and that your arms are completely covered. Although gloves may be provided, these are not always robust and it may be better to provide your own.
  • Place a maximum of two racks in the bag, taking care not to puncture it.
  • Add around half to three quarters of the cleaning solution to the bag and seal it securely after expelling as much air as you can.
  • Fold the bag around the racks and tilt it to coat them in the cleaning fluid.
  • Leave the oven-cleaning bags in a safe place away from children for two hours.
  • Tilt the bag again to re-coat the racks in cleaning fluid. Leave for at least four hours, but preferably overnight.
  • Using gloves again, open the bag and pull the sides down so that you can remove the racks without reaching inside the bag.
  • Carefully rinse the racks with hot soapy water.

Cleaning the Inside of the Oven

Cleaning the inside of your oven can be a long task with lots of elbow grease. We’d recommend getting a professional oven cleaner to tackle the grime for you, but if you do want to give it a go yourself, do it like this:

  • As before, ensure that you are wearing gloves and that your hands and arms are completely covered.
  • Take some of the remaining cleaning fluid and pour it into the centre of the oven.
  • Working from the back of the oven to the front and using a cloth or sponge, carefully apply the fluid to the areas that need to be cleaned.
  • Leave for a minimum of four hours but preferably overnight.
  • When you return to finish cleaning the oven the next day, don’t forget to put your gloves back on and then remove the residue from the inside of the oven, working from front to back.
  • Using hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly. If there are any areas that are still soiled, a further spot application may be needed.

Disposing of the Oven-Cleaning Bag

Most cleaning products have a lot of harsh chemicals, so it’s important to dispose of the products and equipment safely. Oven-cleaning bags are no different. Here’s how:

  • Wearing gloves, partially fill the bag with water and seal it. Tilt the bag so that the fluid collects in one corner and cut off the opposite corner. Tilt the bag towards the cut-off corner and dispose of the contents down the sink.
  • Rinse the bottle out with water and dispose of it and the bag safely.

Cleaning your oven with oven-cleaning bags is an improvement on some methods but still involves a fair amount of work and can be time-consuming. However, the bags are certainly very effective for cleaning oven racks. There are a few limitations since the oven-cleaning products cannot be used on the glass door, the light and certain other areas.

To restore your oven to a nearly-new condition with minimum effort, why not opt for a professional deep clean from an experienced Ovenu technician. That way you can avoid all the hard work and end up with a sparkling, new-looking oven!

The best way to clean an oven yourself is by using the magical mixture of baking soda and vinegar. You may have learned about this combination as early as nursery school, where it is often used to introduce kids to the concept of chemical reactions in a harmless environment.

The Chemical Reaction

When vinegar (an acid) and baking soda (a base) meet, they chemically react together, resulting in bubbles and foam. In the first reaction, the acid-based reaction, hydrogen ions in the vinegar react with the sodium and bicarbonate ions in the baking soda. This results in two new compounds: carbonic acid and sodium acetate. In the second reaction, which is the decomposition reaction, the freshly produced carbonic acid decomposes into water and carbon dioxide gas, causing bubbles and foam to arise.

The combination of baking soda and vinegar can be used to loosen grease and grime from the inside of your oven, making it easier to remove. If you are wondering how to clean your oven in this way, our step-by-step instructions will help.

Cleaning Your Oven with Baking Soda

Please note that these instructions are for cleaning the inside of an empty oven. You can find instructions for cleaning oven racks with baking soda here.

Step 1: Empty the Oven

The first step for cleaning your oven with baking soda is to empty the oven completely, setting any trays, racks and oven dishes aside. These will have to be cleaned separately.

Step 2: Scrape Out the Loose Build-Up

If there are any crumbs or burnt bits of food in the oven, use a spatula to scrape them out. Only target the loose matter – whatever is stuck to the oven walls, floors or ceiling will be removed later.

Step 3: Create a Baking Soda Paste

In a regular bowl from your kitchen cabinet, mix seven tablespoons of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water until you have a spreadable paste. If you have a rather large oven or if you’re cleaning multiple ovens at once, for example in a range cooker with multiple ovens, you may consider doubling – or even tripling – the amounts. Don’t worry if your paste is not 100% consistent in texture.

Step 4: Coat the Inside of the Oven

Next, get your household gloves out and coat the inside surfaces with a sponge, using your hands and fingers to really get the paste into every nook and cranny. Pay extra attention to particularly greasy areas. As you rub in the paste, you’ll notice it will turn a brownish colour from the grime it is absorbing, so make sure your hands, arms and clothes are protected.

Warning: make sure to steer clear of the heating elements when applying the paste.

Step 5: Let the Paste Sit Overnight

As some of the grease and grime inside your oven may be rather stubborn, leaving the baking soda paste to sit for at least 12 hours will produce the best results. Whilst this magical mixture does its job, you can get on with your day or have a good night’s rest.

Step 6: Wipe Out the Paste

After the 12-hour work-in period, put on your household gloves again, take a damp dish cloth and wipe out the dried paste as good as you can; consider using a spatula to scrape the paste out of hard-to-reach corners. If you do use a spatula, make sure it’s a soft plastic or wooden one so it doesn’t scratch your oven.

Step 7: A Final Clean with Vinegar

Put some vinegar in a water spray bottle and spray it onto the inside oven surfaces. The chemical reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda will produce foam and bubbles, which will loosen the leftover grime and identify any residue of paste.

Step 8: The Final Wipe Down

Take a damp dish cloth and wipe down any remaining foamy areas of the oven. Spray and wipe away the vinegar until your oven looks as clean as new.

Inside of an oven

Cleaning your oven with baking soda can be a lot of work to be doing on a regular basis. If you would like a professional deep clean that will restore your oven to near-showroom condition with zero time and effort from your part, feel free to get in touch with Ovenu – our experienced technicians will do all the hard work for you!

If you are looking for a hands-on way to make your dirty oven look just that little bit more presentable before your guests arrive, you will be surprised at how little you need in terms of oven cleaning products. In most cases, you won’t even need to leave the house in order to achieve the desired effect; common cleaning products and ingredients from your kitchen cupboards can come to your rescue.

We’ve put together some DIY oven cleaning tips using simple products from your cupboards only.

Ovenu is not responsible for potential health risks that might come from mixing household products.

How to Clean Glass Oven Doors

Your oven door is the most visible part of your oven and therefore the most rewarding part to start cleaning. With common household products from your cupboards, you can create a gentle scrub that will leave your glass oven door look shiny.

DIY Method: Baking Soda Scrub

Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with five ounces of water in a bowl from your cupboard, and mix the two ingredients until they have the texture of a loose paste. Open the oven and spread the mixture out onto the inside of the oven door. If you have household gloves at hand, spread the baking soda paste out with your fingers so that it covers every inch of glass. If you don’t have household gloves, a simple sponge will do the trick.

Just let the paste sit on the glass for 20 minutes, until it starts loosening the stuck-on grime, then proceed to scrub the glass with the rough side of a sponge. Rinse the sponge with water before wiping the glass with the soft side of the sponge until all traces of the baking soda have disappeared.

For a flawless finish, give the glass oven window one last spray with a regular window cleaner. Also spray some on a paper towel and wipe the glass from side to side for a shiny effect.

Cleaning Oven Racks

Dirty oven racks can lead to pungent smells once you turn the oven on. In order to avoid the smell of burnt-on grease ruining the aroma of a Sunday Roast, you’ll need to remove the grime as best as you can.

DIY Method: Detergent

A simple mix of dishwashing liquid and hot water is usually enough to remove most of the grime, and if your sink isn’t spacious enough, we recommend you wash the oven racks in the bathtub. Add up to four ounces of dishwashing liquid (or two ounces of laundry detergent) to the water, and leave the racks to soak overnight.

In the morning, use an old dish towel or toothbrush to scrub the debris off gently – use salt as an extra abrasive, if necessary.

Warning: do not use abrasive sponges, as these might damage the metal.

DIY Method: Baking Soda and Vinegar

The combination of baking soda and vinegar is known to be another powerful DIY oven-cleaning method. When these two ingredients are mixed together, they react chemically in an acid-base reaction, followed by a decomposition reaction which causes an eruption of bubbles and foam. When using this cleaning method, make sure to do it either in a spacious sink or the bath tub.

Simply sprinkle the baking soda onto the oven racks, then drench them in vinegar. Once the chemical reaction stops and the foaming is over, submerge the racks in hot water. Leave them overnight, then scrub them clean the next morning with a dish towel or a toothbrush.

How to Clean Your Full Oven

If you want to give your oven a clean inside and out, there are two effective DIY methods that require only basic ingredients from your fridge and cupboards. Although the best way to clean an oven remains to hire a professional, these two methods will get your oven in a very decent shape with a bit of time and effort.

DIY Method: Water and Lemons

If life gives you lemons, clean your oven! The citrus oil in lemons is great at detaching grease, so if you have these yellow fruits lying about in your fridge, you can use them to loosen the grime inside your oven.

First, pre-heat your oven at 250°C. Cut two lemons in half and squeeze their juice into a baking dish; when they have been squeezed dry, you can add the remaining casings too. Now, add water to the dish until it’s one-third’s full. Wait until the oven has reached its temperature, and place the dish inside the oven. Set a timer for 30 minutes, then simply sit back and relax!

After half an hour of baking, remove the oven dish again, switch the oven off and wait until it’s cooled. While the lemon juice was vaporising, it will have attached itself to the grime, unsticking it from the oven walls, floor and ceiling. Wiping the grease away will now be much easier! You can use a spatula to remove any big chunks of debris that are left inside – use the remaining lemon water to scrub the rest of the grime away with a scouring sponge.

Warning: during the cleaning process, your oven will produce a lot of smoke. Turn on the oven fan and open a window to keep the smoke alarm from going off.

DIY Method: Baking Soda and Vinegar

The best way to clean your oven yourself is to use baking soda and vinegar, the two magic ingredients that we have previously encountered in this article. The process for cleaning your oven with this method is pretty elaborate, so we have explained it step by step in a dedicated article.

Learn how to clean your oven with baking soda here.

These DIY oven cleaning methods are great for maintaining your oven – however, every now and then you might want to invest in a professional deep clean. Ovenu’s experienced oven technicians can get your oven back to near-showroom condition, saving you a lot of scrubbing! Give us a call to get a quote, and we can be at your doorstep on a day and time that suits you. See you soon!

The Great British Bake-Off is in full swing! The rather diverse set of participants, including a techno DJ, a blood courier and a banker, shows that baking is for everybody – and it can be done on top of a challenging full-time job!

But what would happen if you took your favourite hobby and brought it to work? As the delicious creations by Luke, Jon, Antony, Imelda, Kim-Joy and their fellow contestants continue to inspire professionals throughout the UK to bake, we at Ovenu would like to inspire you to host your own bake-off competition – at work!

Why Organise a Bake-Off Competition at Work?

A baking competition can be a great occasion to get together with your colleagues to share delicious treats, unhurried chatter and a good old cup of tea. Spending social time with colleagues is great for motivation and morale, and there must be very few colleagues who wouldn’t get excited by sampling scrumptious treats. What’s more, baking competitions are a popular way to raise money for charity, whether on a corporate or on a personal level.

Our Baking Competition Tips

If you have taken on the task of organising a bake-off competition at work, you will need to do some prep to make sure everyone is involved and the judging process runs smoothly.

1.    Know the Purpose

First of all, you need to make sure everyone in the company knows what they are doing the bake-off for. For example, you might be raising money to help pay for a family member’s surgery, or collect donations for the company’s charity of the year. Sometimes, the baking competition will simply be part of a company social, where colleagues can come together to sample each other’s baking creations. Whatever the purpose, let your colleagues know what they’re doing it for from the invitation stage onwards.

2.    Choose a Theme

At Ovenu, we recommend choosing a theme for your bake-off at work. This can be linked to the purpose of the competition – for example, if you are raising money for an animal welfare charity, you might want to consider going vegan. If the occasion is Halloween, you might invite people to use only recipes involving pumpkin! Deciding in advance what type of baked goods contestants are competing with is also a good idea – after all, it’s hard to compare cakes with quiches and cookies with cupcakes.

3.    Encourage Colleagues to Sign Up

As an organiser, you need to have clarity on how many people will attend and participate. Requiring colleagues to sign up, whether via email or through a tool like Signup.com, provides you with more clarity on who will attend. What’s more, we recommend that you promote the competition across all your communication channels, from the email newsletter to the coffee machine in the corridor and from Skype and Slack to your social media channels. Having an attractive prize will encourage colleagues to sign up, and selling tickets at an accessible price will help attract attendants. A recommended donation accompanied by a ‘pay what you can’ system tends to yield very good results.

Tip: Create a Facebook event for the bake-off that colleagues and the company page can promote and share.

4.    Try to Negotiate Time Off

If you want to maximise the success of your bake-off competition at work, it would be great to negotiate some time off for you and your colleagues. Provided that the management supports the purpose, they might be willing to give everyone in the company a morning/afternoon off to present their creations and sample the results. Hosting the event during company hours is also likely to increase attendance and participation.

5.    Communicate the Rules

How many judges will there be? Can anyone be a judge, or will there be a panel? Is this a private company event, or is it open to attendants? In terms of judging the creations, it’s good to have a unified standard – this is where a pre-made bake-off judging scorecard comes in handy.

6.    Prepare the Venue

Depending on how many people you expect, you may decide to host the baking competition in your office kitchen, a meeting room, the office lobby or another, outside venue. You will need a surface area to display the cakes on, so make sure there are enough tables available. Print plenty of judging scorecards and bring biodegradable, disposable plates, forks, napkins and teacups. Last but not least: the decorations! Balloons, bunting and colourful tablecloths are good for setting the tone, and your company or the charity you’re sponsoring might want to contribute branded material.

7.    Invite the People in Your Building

Provided that the baking competition is taking place in your office building, it might be a good idea to ask the office receptionist to send out an email to other office tenants informing them of the event. With delicious baked goods being sold or offered close by, popping in for support is a temptation they wouldn’t dream of resisting!

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