Cleaning a Gas Oven

Written by Karen Bates (last updated February 13, 2023)

Cleaning a dirty gas oven can often appear to be overwhelming at first glance. Even though it seems as though the oven and stovetop are magnets for messes. Baked-on spills, grease, crumbs, and more are all likely to be found on or in a dirty gas oven, and getting it all clean can look like quite a chore.

Just because cleaning the oven may look like a tough job doesn't mean it needs to be. In fact, there are several methods of cleaning the oven that are quite effective. Use any of these methods, or even a combination of these methods, and you will quickly find your oven sparkly clean again. Best of all, you'll find that it is much easier than you thought.

These ideas for cleaning a gas oven can help you get the job done without a lot of fuss:

  • Prevention. The best way to keep your oven clean is to prevent a stuck-on mess from forming. If something boils over on the burners or spills inside the oven, clean it up right away before it has time to harden or get worse. If this happens inside the oven while something is cooking, you can pour salt onto the spill when it is still hot and wipe it away later.
  • Interior. When cleaning the interior of the oven, avoid any brushes or sponges that might be abrasive, like ones made from metal. These can damage the surface. Take out the oven racks and wash them with soapy water. Let them air dry and replace once you are done cleaning the rest of the oven.
  • Warm water. Use warm soapy water and a rag in the oven first to wipe up any loose crumbs or debris. There might be spots that won't come off because they are burnt on, and these will need special attention later.
  • Use functions. You can use the self-cleaning function on your oven if it has one. If it doesn't or you prefer not to use it, you can use oven cleaner on the interior of the oven. When you are done, wipe away any remaining soap and cleaner with a wet cloth. Another option for cooked-on spots is to leave a damp rag on the spot and let it sit for a while, This can help to loosen the spot so you can wipe it up.
  • Door. Clean the oven door with an all-purpose cleaner or with soapy water.
  • Burners. If the burners are removable, you can take them out and soak them in water to remove spots and spills. Wipe the whole surface of the range with soapy water or an all-purpose cleaner. You may need something capable of removing grease.

If you have any concerns about cleaning your gas oven or stove, be sure to check the manual for your appliance just to be safe.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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