How to Keep Your Oven Clean in a Shared House

By on 19th September 2012 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cleaning Tips

Whenever you share a house, whether with friends or strangers, there are always going to arguments. These will mainly revolve around unpaid bills, noise and, worst of all, cleaning. With a number of people using the same space, some of whom may not be the tidiest, cleanliness can prove to be a constant battle.


So if you’re a student heading off to university or a young professional sharing with others for the first time, what can you do to avoid those arguments and keep your kitchen spotless?


Well, it might well prove to be a losing battle, particularly if you are all in different routines and have your own habits. This is why it’s so important that you lay down some basic rules and create a rota for everybody to follow. As long as these are fair and balanced, you shouldn’t have any problems – or at least that’s how the theory goes. So what kind of rules might you impose, particularly with regards to the use of the oven?


Wipe up any mess

Whether you’re cooking on the hob or using the oven itself, you want to make sure that any spillages are dealt with as and when they occur. If they are allowed to remain there, untouched by all and sundry, then there’s a good chance that a small mess can become baked on and almost impossible to shift. So any entente cordiale that you draw up should certainly include a reference to cleaning as you go along.


Using the right cleaners

If you want to avoid damaging any enamel surfaces, then it’s important that you don’t end up using cleaning agents that could actually do more harm than good. Certain acids, particularly caustic acid, can be particularly harmful to both the user and the appliance. So always try to find bleaches and products that can be used safely without any potential side-effects.


Scheduling a Complete Oven Clean

Even if you manage to mop up most messes, there will still come a point at which you have to clean the oven completely. If you’re renting a property, the landlord may well stipulate that this is done immediately before you move out as part of your contractual agreement. Therefore you will have to decide amongst you who is going to buy the cleaning agents and who is going to roll up their sleeves and do the deed.


If you can’t reach an agreement, or if you just decide that nobody should have to do this job alone, you may want to consider bringing in professional cleaning contractors. We are often called by students and tenants, particularly when tenancy agreements are coming to an end, asking to get their oven back into shape. After all, it’s not a lot of fun cooking with an oven that is full of smoke, inefficient and emits an unpleasant odour that spreads through the home. Equally, nobody wants to lose any money on their deposit.

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.