Find Out How Often Should You Clean Your Oven?

How Often Should You Clean Your Oven?

By on 25th July 2011 (updated: 18th March 2024) in Blog

Dirty Oven

How Often Should You Clean Your Oven?

Ovens inevitably accumulate grease, spilt foods and food particles. However, the amount of food spillage and grease that builds up really depends on the individuals using the oven, what they’re cooking and how often they use the oven. It can be hard to know how ofter you should clean your oven.

This makes putting a time frame on cleaning your oven quite difficult, because some ovens may be used more frequently than others. Whilst different foods can cause different problems. Here we’ll give you our best advice on when you should clean your oven, based on the frequency you use it. Whether you’re an avid baker or a sporadic slow cooker!

When should you clean your oven?

Your oven should be cleaned every twelve weeks or whenever you notice stains or burnt-on food. But it goes without saying, you should clean your oven the more you use it. For those that love baking, a frequent clear-out of any drips and debris from the bottom of a cold oven is your best bet between deep cleans. But for those who use their oven sporadically, every twelve weeks is a good amount of time to get the gloves out. 

Plan on cleaning your oven every two weeks if the oven is constantly being used to cook large family dinners as spilt food and odours can also affect your future meals. 

If you do start to notice your oven smoking and wonder if its broken, fear not, as you may just need a deep clean!

If yours is a self-cleaning oven, then it still requires regular cleaning as the racks cannot be left in whilst in a self-cleaning cycle. You can read more about self-cleaning ovens versus a professionally cleaned oven here.

How can I keep my oven clean?

The best way to prevent grease and food building up is to give the oven a quick wipe and a clean after each time you use it. For example, if you’ve been frying and you can see fat and grease on the hobs, it’s best to give them a wipe-down after usage. 

The same can be said when cooking inside the oven itself. However, the problem with this philosophy is that not everyone has the time to clean the inside of their oven, whilst fat and grease spills are not always visible. 

Oven liners can be a great help here, they sit at the bottom and catch all the debris so you can simply swipe it out, clean and replace it!

It’s definitely wise to remove any food spillages as often as possible from the insides of ovens. When foods have spilt and are left inside, this can cause unnecessary smoking which will not only set off your fire alarm, but the smell can permeate into rooms, and even ruin the food that you’re cooking in the first place.

Should I clean my oven after each use?

It’s unrealistic for an oven to be cleaned every time after usage, and so many of us allow for dirt and grime to build up before we attempt to do something about it. However, in some cases, it may be a year or even two years before the cleaning products are purchased and used to tackle the grime that has built up. 

This really shouldn’t be the case, because dirty ovens are inefficient ovens. Dirty ovens can be a massive danger, it’s unhygienic and the smell can often destroy any nice-smelling home.

Also, think about the times when you’re entertaining guests or have the family around for holiday periods. Would you feel embarrassed if guests came round and you opened the oven door to reveal a stench that could seep into your home? 

It’s advisable to clean your oven as often as possible, not only for aesthetics but for hygiene reasons as well as for efficient and effective cooking. 

Ovenu cleaning expert teaching you how often you should clean your oven with Ovenu logo.

Help from Ovenu is Around The Corner

We have an ultimate guide on how to clean your oven so you can take matters into your own hands. We’ve got tips on getting to those hard-to-reach places like oven glass doors and the best eco-friendly products to use on your next deep clean.

Looking for an alternative to rolling up your sleeves? Get in touch with us today for a free quote. Our Ovenu technicians live up and down the country, so there’s sure to be an oven cleaning expert near you! Type in your postcode below to find your nearest branch. 

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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.