How to actually clean your oven and stovetop, according to experts – CNN Underscored

Commercial cleaning

Cleaning ovens, stovetops and vent hoods are dirty jobs, but regularly cleaning and maintaining a range is critical to keeping your home safe and your food tasting great.

Gina Perry, a senior merchant for cleaning at The Home Depot and Katie Sadler, a brand manager at Whirlpool Kitchen, explained the best way to clean ovens, stovetops, vent hoods and filters to keep them looking their best and operating at peak performance.

How to clean an oven door, interior and racks

There are three methods to choose from when it comes time to cleaning your oven: Commercial oven cleaner, DIY cleaning solutions or, if your model offers it, a self-cleaning function. Each method has pros and cons; broadly speaking, commercial oven cleaners that make quick work of a dirty job are formulated with harsh chemicals that are irritants to the skin and respiratory system, whereas DIY solutions made of gentler ingredients simply don’t work that well, and self-cleaning functions are a good way to ruin your oven, requiring costly repairs or outright replacements.

Ahead, we’ve detailed methods for cleaning an oven with commercial oven cleaner and with a DIY solution. Always consult the appliance’s manual before using oven cleaner or other cleaning agents inside your oven.

Easy-Off Professional Fume Free Oven Cleaner

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Coat the interior of the oven, the racks and the door with oven cleaner and follow the manufacturer’s exposure time directions. After allowing the oven cleaner to penetrate baked-on grime, remove the grates from the oven and wipe them clean with a damp cloth or sponge (a scrub sponge may be needed to dislodge stubborn buildup); rinse clean with water, dry and set aside. Then, using a sponge or rag, wipe the interior of the oven and the door clean, rinsing the sponge …….


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