The Dirtiest Things In Your Oven

By on 22nd September 2014 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Latest News

Dirty OvenNo one enjoys cleaning the oven, but sooner or later it has to be done. A build-up of grime, crumbs and burnt fat can result in a smoky, smelly oven that only gets harder and harder to clean.

Before you tackle those tough stains and hard to reach areas, read through our top tips on bringing your oven back to life.

Choosing your cleaning products

There are some powerful oven cleaners on the market and the chemicals used in them can be harsh. Therefore, make sure you use one that’s caustic free as this will help to avoid corrosion to the internal surfaces for a longer period of time.

When you are cleaning, also remember to keep all the windows and doors open whilst you work. Once your oven is sparkling clean, wipe it down a few times with a soapy cloth to remove any remaining traces of dirt.

Tackling burnt fat

Burnt fat is one of the worst things to get in your oven as it can be so tough to remove. The best way to get rid of it is to turn off your oven, cover the fat with a strong caustic free oven cleaner, and leave it to soak overnight. In the morning, just wipe the surface clean.

If there is any residue left, then repeat the process so that the toughest bits will disintegrate and you can put the shine back in your oven.

Cleaning the grills

Wire grills are probably the trickiest part of an oven to clean. Rather than spending an age cleaning each spoke individually, soak the grills in a basin of warm water mixed with oven cleaner. Leave it overnight, and then simply remove the grills and dry them off. They should then be sparklingly clean and ready to put back in your oven.

Cleaning the top corners

The top of the oven is easily missed, but grease and grime accumulate up there just as they do at the bottom of the oven.

The easiest way to clean it is by using an old toothbrush or a dish brush. Soak the bristles in oven cleaner or a baking soda mix and scrub away in a circular motion. When you’re done, just wipe the oven’s ceiling with a dry towel.

Get professional help

Oven cleaning is one of the most hated household chores, so don’t be afraid to call in the professionals if all of this sounds like too tough a job.

Contact the friendly team at Ovenu today to find out more about our home oven cleaning services.


Dirty oven image courtesy of BigStock

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.