If your food starts to taste off when it comes out of the oven or you start see smoke buildup, it’s definitely time for a clean. Thankfully, many ovens have self-clean features, so read your manual and follow the rules exactly.
Most recommend removing the racks and anything on top of the stove, or anything in the warming drawer before running. If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, here’s a super-effective routine:
- Mix up a batch of you own oven cleaner instead of using the store-bought stuff that contains lye, which can be very harmful to skin. Combine 1 cup baking soda, ¼ cup dish soap, ½ cup vinegar, add slowly, and 15 drops (sweet) orange essential oil into a heavy paste.
- Apply it all over the inside of the oven and leave for several hours or overnight. Wipe up with water.
- Racks should be cleaned separately, and the easiest way to do so is in the bathtub. Start by laying some old towels along the bottom of your tub to protect the surface from getting scratched. Place the racks on top of the towels, plug the drain, and start filling the tub with the hottest water possible. Let the tub fill until the water completely covers the racks.
- Take a cup of powdered laundry detergent and dissolve it in hot water in a mason jar, then add that mixture to the tub. Now let the detergent do its thing for the next 6 to 10 hours. Finally, drain the tub and give the racks a quick wipe and dry before putting them back in the oven.