When is the best time to clean your oven?

By on 23rd September 2019 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cleaning Tips


Dirty Oven

We discovered that 47 percent of people can’t remember the last time they cleaned their oven. Are you part of that group? If you are, you may be wondering when you should be giving your oven a deep clean, or at least trying to figure out when other people get around to doing this job.

We’re here to help you become one of the 53 percent, who at the very least, remember when their oven was last cleaned!

How often should you clean your oven?

According to a study published on Ideal Home, people in the UK tend to leave 120 days between each oven clean. Or in other words, most people have their oven cleaned three times each year.
This frequency is certainly a lot less than hob cleaning, which people tend to do every five days. That’s 24 hob cleans for every oven clean. Why is the hob getting so much more attention?

We’ve previously written about why you should clean your oven, which you may have already read in detail. You’ll know that having a cleaner oven is not only beneficial for the taste and flavour of your food, but also for your safety at home. But you might not remember to clean your oven as much as your hob, simply due to the ability to see grease and grime when it’s right in front of you. The nature of using your oven means that you only need to open and shut the door whenever you are cooking, as opposed to seeing your stove top whenever you’re doing something in the kitchen.

Luckily, you don’t need to worry about cleaning your oven every time you wipe down your hob. We wrote an entire article which explains how often you should clean your oven which might be of interest, but it varies from every couple of weeks to every three months depending on how heavily you use it.

When should you clean your oven?

Christmas Dinner

In the section above, we explained how often you should clean your oven, but now we can translate that into something that will make a bit more sense. Based on 2018 data, we found that there is a spike in the number of Google searches for the phrase “how to clean an oven” between the 9th and 22nd of December. This tells us that households in the UK are keen to get their kitchens in tip top condition before the festive period.

Having a clean oven to cook Christmas dinner makes sense; particularly to avoid any grease and oil impacting on the flavour of the meal. But based on the way we tend to cook at Christmas, which often includes large joints of meat, and plenty of fat for the perfect roast potatoes, this can result in a greasy oven after the Christmas period. That’s why it’s important to clean your oven again before the following festive period comes around!

As a guide, you’ll probably want to clean away all the grime at some point in January, and again when you come to your spring cleaning.

It’s not just the winter months where we cook festive dishes and hearty warming meals that make a mess; summer can still lead to dirty ovens. Think along the lines of grilling chicken, halloumi and vegetable skewers, or crisping up a beautiful fillet of fish. Just like you’d clean your barbecue after hosting a summer party, it can make sense to tackle your oven at the same time. With all those jacket potatoes browning, or pre-cooking chicken and sausages before finishing them on the coals, your oven is still likely to get its fair share of use.

Get your oven cleaned

Before you forget about it, why don’t you give us a call on 0800 140 9800 to be connected to your local Ovenu technician? If you don’t have the time in your schedule to scrub the dirt away that has built up over time, a visit from your local Ovenu technician will leave your oven looking like new.

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.