When you move out of a rented property, you have to leave it pristine for the new tenant as part of your rental agreement or else forfeit your deposit. One particularly onerous task is cleaning the oven.
A visit to the supermarket or DIY store will reveal a whole arsenal of Eco-unfriendly oven cleaning products that will certainly clean your oven, but will also leave you with dizziness and stinging eyes for hours afterwards. Another downside to using these products is that your oven will smell strongly of bleach and chemicals the first few times you use it after cleaning.
Here's how to return your oven to its former glory without the need for harsh chemicals and the unpleasant effects they can have.
What you'll need
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Dish cloth
- Pan scrubbing pads
- Rubber gloves
- Plastic spatula
- Spray bottle
Here's how to do it
Make sure the oven is completely cool. Begin by removing the wire oven racks and any other loose trays etc inside the oven.
Take a small bowl and mix together a few tablespoons of cold water with a ½ cup of baking soda to form a stiff paste. Put your gloves on. Use the paste to thoroughly coat the interior surfaces of the oven avoiding the heating elements. Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies, and give greasy areas a particularly good coating. The paste will gradually turn brown as it begins to lift the grease and grime.
Allow the baking soda paste to rest in the oven overnight.
Use the remaining paste to clean the oven racks. For a bit more space, you might want to use the bath for this job. Apply a good coating and allow the racks to rest for a couple of hours. Then use plenty of elbow grease and your pan scrubber pad to remove all the staining and grease from the racks before rinsing well in clean warm water.
The following day, use a damp dish cloth to wipe out the oven. Use the spatula to scrape off any residual paste. Now put some white vinegar into the spray bottle, and spray liberally over any remaining areas of paste residue in the oven. The vinegar will begin to foam as it reacts with the baking soda and lifts it off.
Finally, use a damp cloth to wipe down the oven again until it's free of any paste and vinegar foam. Use some kitchen toweling to dry the inside of the oven, and then replace the racks and trays.
You can return your oven to its original sparkling condition with a little elbow grease, and the contents of your kitchen cupboards without the need for harsh unpleasant chemical cleaning products. To learn more, contact a company like Bras Cleaning Pty Ltd with any questions or concerns you have.