Keeping the Stove Clean

This week we are continuing to discuss best practices to keep your kitchen appliances clean. Today, we are going to move on to what some consider being the most difficult: the stove and oven.

Most of us make the mistake of spraying harmful, toxic oven cleaners into our oven when we can use a natural cleaner that releases less odor and will do just as well of a job. We’ve developed seven steps to a clean stove, with no chemicals needed!

Step 1: Put together a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle: 2 parts vinegar 1 part water. You want a stronger mixture to break down the hardened and burned food residue on the bottom of the oven.

Step 2: Remove the racks from the oven and run them under hot water. Scrub them with a sponge and dish soap. Pat dry with a paper towel or cleaning cloth.

Step 3:
Spray the sides, back, and bottom of the oven generously with the vinegar-water mixture. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

Step 4:
Spray the stove-top with the mixture and use the soft side of the sponge to remove any food and residue that stuck to the surface. Wipe clean with a cleaning cloth.

Step 5:
Use the rough side of the sponge to scrub the burned food particles off the interior of the oven. Reapply mixture as needed. Wipe clean with a cleaning cloth or paper towel.

Step 6:
Spray mixture on both sides of the glass in the oven door and wipe clean.

Step 7:
Put racks back in the oven. After shutting the door, take stainless steel cleaner (if appliance is stainless steel) or neutral disinfectant and wipe down the front and the handle.

Doing these simple steps just twice a month will help keep your stovetop and oven clean! Reduce the time and effort spent to remove the hardened food. Stay tuned for next week’s blog that will have tips and tricks to keeping your refrigerator spotless!

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