HOW TO KEEP OVEN CLEAN
To keep your oven clean, each of the following elements should be incorporated into your oven maintenance routine: oven racks, the oven interior and the cooktop. Clean up oven spills as soon as your oven has cooled so it is just warm to the touch, as waiting until the spill has dried can make it harder to remove later on.
Clean your oven racks before cleaning the cooled interior of your oven. To do this, slide the oven racks out and place them in a large tub with enough hot water to cover them. Then, pour in 1/2 cup of mild dish soap or 3/4 to 1 cup of laundry detergent. Let the oven racks soak for at least two hours before scrubbing them gently with a cleaning brush. After rinsing, dry the racks completely using a soft cloth before sliding them back into the oven.
When manually cleaning the inside of the oven, make sure the appliance has cooled down completely and place towels or trash bags beneath the door to catch any drips. After removing all cookware and oven racks from the interior of the appliance, create a cleaning solution of baking soda and water by mixing until a paste has formed. Then, using a brush or flexible silicone spatula to spread the cleaning solution around the oven interior, coat the entire oven cavity and the door with the baking soda paste, avoiding any glass windows. Allow the solution to rest for at least 20 minutes (overnight, for large amounts of build up and grime) before spraying the interior with white vinegar or lemon juice. Use a cloth or rag to immediately wipe up the solution, and use a scraper to remove any stubborn spots. Repeat this process with the vinegar or lemon juice as needed. If you’re cleaning a glass door, wipe up the baking soda mixture before spraying with white vinegar or lemon juice.
To clean your oven’s glass cooktop, begin by using a plastic scraper to remove food residue. From there, spray your cooktop with white vinegar or a cooktop cleaner like affresh® cooktop cleaner.1 Then, loosen stubborn spots with a soft plastic scrubber before removing the cleaning solution with a damp cloth. Continue rinsing the cooktop with the damp cloth until all of the cleaner has been removed from the appliance. To clean gas stove top grates and burners, consult your owner’s manual or user guide for product specific information before attempting to soak or scrub them.
If you have a self-cleaning oven model, you can use the feature instead of performing a manual clean. To clean your self-cleaning oven, follow these helpful tips:
Wipe down the interior of the oven with a damp cloth
Clean the oven window with glass cleaner and a very fine (000) steel wool pad
Remove oven racks and plastic items from the cooktop and storage drawer
Begin the self-cleaning cycle
1. affresh® and the recommending brand products are all owned and distributed by Whirlpool Corporation.