Spring Cleaning Week: Clean That Oven!

It's already Thursday of Spring Cleaning Week and today we're gonna give you some tips on keeping your oven clean. Even the cleanest of cooks manages to occasionally get some cake mix or lasagna spillage on the bottom of the oven. There are a few different approaches to cleaning an oven (all with their pros and cons), so check out the tips below and decide for yourself!

1. Keep it clean. The easiest way to keep it clean is to not get it dirty in the first place! I'm super klutzy so the best way for me to do that is to line the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil to catch anything that spills. Replace as necessary (depending on how often and how much you spill!).

Pros: Super easy, doesn't involve scrubbing your oven walls.
Cons: If you have drippage it could still get on the wire racks.

2. Scrub it clean. Wipe down the inside of the oven with a wet sponge, then apply a thick layer of baking soda. Allow the baking soda to sit for about three hours. Then spray with white vinegar. Enjoy the fizzing sound - this fizzing action is what helps remove hardened gunk. Let it sit for a few more hours then wipe it all away with a damp sponge and water.

Pros: Pretty simple, eco-friendly.
Cons: It still requires a bit of scrubbing.

3. Let it clean itself. More of a hands-off person? Switch your oven to the "clean oven" setting and walk away. Your oven will burn itself clean (it gets up to about 900 to 1000 degrees) without using any chemicals. And don't worry about safety - self-cleaning ovens automatically lock when they're in that setting. Come back in about three hours and enjoy your shiny clean oven!

Pros: Totally hands-off, doesn't use harsh chemicals.
Cons: It's not 100% eco-friendly because of all the energy it uses.

So what about you? How do you prefer to clean your oven?

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