How To Deep Clean A Non Self-Cleaning Oven

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If you don't have a self-cleaning oven, it may be a little more difficult to keep your oven clean. Rather than simply touching a button, you actually need to get into your oven and clean it thoroughly, which, for most, you don't have the time to do. But cleaning an oven is important to keep your oven working properly and looking like new, as well as to prevent that awful burning smell from happening each and every time you cook a meal. See below for tips on how to clean a non self-cleaning oven.

Ammonia Cleaning

Clean without needing to do any actual work. Simply add ammonia to a glass bowl, then place the bowl onto a rack inside your oven (do not turn the oven on, and be sure your oven is cooled down before doing this). Leave the glass bowl of ammonia inside your oven overnight and let it work its magic. The ammonia will help loosen any baked-on food left inside your oven. All you'll need to do is wipe it down -- no scrubbing required. Be sure to ventilate your kitchen after using the ammonia, as the fumes can be quite strong.

Baking Soda And Vinegar Cleaning

Using 1/2 cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of water, combine them together into a mixing bowl until it makes a paste. Spread the paste all over the inside of your oven, paying special attention to any burnt-on areas. Allow the mixture to sit in your oven overnight. The following morning, using a plastic spatula or a damp dish rag, wipe down your oven to remove as much of the hardened paste as you can. With the leftover baking soda paste in your oven, spray your oven with white vinegar. Allow the vinegar and baking soda to react for a few minutes, then wipe it down with a damp rag. 

Between The Glass

The area between the glass is somewhere that even a self-cleaning oven doesn't get clean. This is something that will take a bit of work and a helper. Unscrew the top screws around the top of your oven door, then lower screws. You should be able to pull apart your doors, but do so gently, as your door may have a spring-loaded hinge (this is where you'll need a helper to hold the door up). Separate the door and use a de-greasing cleaning agent, baking soda/vinegar, or a window cleaner. Clean the glass thoroughly, then replace the spring-loaded hinge carefully. Put the door pieces back together and replace the screws to hold it all together.

Cleaning a non self-cleaning oven is a task and a chore, but it should be done often to help keep your oven working properly and cooking your food evenly. If you feel you cannot clean your oven on your own, contact a professional oven repair service, such as J & M Appliance.

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