Cleaning an Electric Oven
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated March 14, 2022)
Properly cleaning an electric oven, just like cleaning anything else, is simply a matter of understanding what to do. The thing with this task though is that there are actually several different ways to go about completing it. That being said, if you understand a few basic principles, you will be able to properly get the job done, no matter what brand or model of oven you have. In fact, you should even be able to do all of the cleaning with materials that you already have in the home.
- Read your owner's manual. The very first thing that you should do when cleaning an electric oven is to take a look at the owner's manual. Inside you will find the recommendations and directions from the manufacturer on how get the oven clean. This manual will include many things that you should, and should not, do to ensure that you get the job done. In addition, this will also tell you what type of action would end up voiding your warranty.
- Look for a self cleaning feature. Check to see if your oven has a self cleaning feature, as this is frankly the easiest method for cleaning an electric oven. All you really need to do is turn the oven on to the self cleaning setting, and then wait for it to complete the preprogrammed cycle. This shouldn't be too difficult to find on newer model electric ovens, as it is often a fairly standard feature. However, if you are having difficulties finding it, take a look in your owner's manual.
- Is it a textured oven? Take a look inside your oven, and see if the surface looks like a rough porcelain layer. If it does, then you have what is known as a textured oven. This types of ovens is especially easy to clean, since the interior is designed so that anything that is spilled on it will burn off as the oven gets used. In effect, all you will really need to do is wipe off the interior with a damp sponge. Never use any type of abrasive cleaner or cleaning tool on this type of oven since you can inadvertently cause damage to the texture.
- Disconnect and get scrubbing. If you do end up needing to do some scrubbing, then be sure that you pull the plug on the oven first. Keep in mind that it is always a good idea to keep electricity and water away from each other as much as possible. Remove everything that you can from the interior of the oven, and then get a damp sponge, a bucket of warm soapy water, and begin scrubbing. Do not use anything particularly abrasive as it could inadvertently cause damage to your oven. Replace the water in the bucket frequently, and continue to scrub until you have completely cleaned the oven.
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