How often do you clean your oven? Probably not as often as you should, right? It’s not your fault, though. Ovens are difficult to clean, so it’s easier to just ignore them and hope they clean themselves. (Fun fact: Some of them do!) But if you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, then you need other options.
Fortunately for you, cleaning your oven no longer has to seem like an impossible task. With just a few simple hacks, you can have a spotless oven in a matter of hours. So figure out which cleaning tip is best for your oven, gather your supplies, and get to work.
1. Ammonia (h/t One Good Thing)
When you’re ready to clean the interior, preheat the oven to 150 F, then turn it off. Place two heat-safe dishes inside the oven, one filled with ammonia (top rack) and one filled with boiling water (bottom rack). Leave them overnight, and in the morning remove the dishes and wipe everything down with a damp, soapy sponge.
2. Dish soap
If the oven racks are the only dirty part of your oven, then you won’t need to do as much heavy-duty cleaning. Just remove the racks, and soak them in hot water and dish soap for a few hours. After they’re finished soaking, scrub the racks with a scouring pad, and rinse them off with warm water. When they’re dry, put them back inside the oven.