How Do Oven-Cleaning Bags Work? A User Manual

By on 19th December 2018 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cleaning Tips

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!

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.