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Cleaning a dirty oven in the weekend is no one’s idea for resting. There is a lot of scrubbing included in the process, not to mention the usage of a lot of harsh chemicals. Did you know that there is a healthier, quicker and easier way to clean the oven?

You can steam clean the oven only using water in the process. There are two main steam cleaning methods you can try:

  • Placing a pot with water in the oven and heating it.
  • Using the steam cleaning function of your oven.

Below we will go into detail about both of these cleaning techniques, so you know how to use them later for your oven. The best part is that most of the work is done by the oven. How awesome is that?

Table of contents:

DIY oven steam cleaning method

To make your steam cleaning solution you only need a hot oven, an oven-safe pot or a metal bowl and water. You can add some vinegar in the solution if you want to treat older, stubborn stains.

Step 1: Clean the oven racks

Remove the oven racks and place them in a tub of warm, soapy water. Let them soak for 15 minutes. The hot water will loosen up the food residue. Remove them from the mixture and scrub them off to remove any grime. Dry them out with a microfibre cloth and place them back in the oven.

Check too: How to Clean your Oven Racks with Aluminum Foil

Step 2: Wipe off easy to remove grease

Although this step is not mandatory, wiping off easy-to-remove residue will make the whole cleaning easier. You can use a brush to remove crumbs. Take a cloth or a sponge and wipe off the entire interior of the oven – including walls and bottom.

Step 3: Place an oven-safe bowl with water in the oven

Place back the clean racks inside the oven. Fill a metal pan or an oven-safe bowl with water. You don’t want to use a bowl that is too deep. Otherwise, the steam from the bubbling water won’t rise high enough and won’t be able to reach the entire interior of the oven.

Using a baking pan will be perfect for the job. The pans are wide and deep enough to hold enough water and still allow the steam to fill up the oven’s interior. Place the filled pan in the centre of the oven.

If there are old stains that won’t be easily removed with just water you can add a cup of white vinegar to the mixture. The steam from the water will loosen up the stains and the vinegar will destroy them. The vinegar will emit some smell that may irritate your eyes and nose. The smell is not toxic, but it’ll be best to ventilate the kitchen during the cleaning.

Learn also: What Are the Best Natural Oven Cleaners?

Step 4: Heat up the oven to 250°C

Close the oven door and heat the oven to 250°C. Let the solution steaming up for 20-30 minutes. Don’t leave the oven unattended and periodically check if there is still water in the bowl. Turn off the oven after 30 minutes. Put gloves and remove the bowl from the inside of the oven. Be careful not to burn yourself.

For extra results, you can spray the interior of the oven with some more water and vinegar mixture and leave it there while the oven naturally cools down. Close the door and leave the mixture for an extra 30 minutes.

Step 5: Wipe off the grease from the walls, bottom, top and door of the oven

The grime and food residue will loosen up from the steam, so it should clean straight off. Wait until the oven is still warm but cool enough to touch. If you wait long enough the stains may harden up again.

Soak a sponge in water and start wiping off the interior of the oven. You can use the abrasive part of the sponge to make sure to remove stubborn stains. Start from the oven roof, wipe off the walls, the racks and finish by cleaning the bottom.

Use the steam cleaning function of the oven

Some of the new oven models have a steam cleaning function. The cleaning cycle uses a lower temperature and it’s faster than the traditional self-cleaning function. The steam cleaning function takes around 30 minutes, the door is not locked and it’s safe to open while the oven is steaming.

The steam cleaning option is perfect for quick and regular cleaning of food spills and stains. Pour a cup of water on the bottom of a cool oven. Close the door and select the steam cleaning function. After the cleaning cycle is complete, leave the oven to cool down and wipe off the moisture and the residue with a soft cloth.

The steam cleaning cycle uses only water, no harsh chemicals are used during the cleaning. You can place the racks, trays and pans inside the oven during the cleaning.

Get more details on: How to Clean a Self Cleaning Oven

Benefits of steam cleaning your oven

  • Steam cleaning the oven will save you time – Both of the steam cleaning methods are easy and quick and most of the work is done by the oven. You can use steam cleaning regularly to avoid stubborn stains and save yourself some time scrubbing it yourself.
  • No harsh chemicals are used in steam cleaning – The steam cleaning method uses only water. The method is eco-friendly and not to mention that it won’t leave potent smell after you’re done the cleaning. The food will taste better.

Steam cleaning may be perfect for a regular oven cleaning. But if you have some stubborn stains from the lasagna you cooked two weeks ago, you’ll need to spot treat the stains with some homemade oven cleaning recipes. For tougher and older stains you may need some extra help.

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  • Last update: August 4, 2021

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