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Cooking sure is a great hobby, one which provides you and your family with deliciously prepared dishes. It does have a notable drawback, however, which comes in the form of spills and splatters on the oven interior and glass door. This is especially the case with some of the most beloved dishes you will ever cook, like lasagna and roast.
If you want to be able to see through the door, you need to invest in some routine cleaning. Not only that, but you must also deal with heavy stains that will often occur on the glass door. That is how you can keep the oven glass in top condition.
Following are few strategies to stay on top of this chore:
- Doing routine cleaning – the first thing you need to do is prepare a baking soda scrub. There is really no need to go overboard with heavy chemicals, especially since this eco-friendly approach is so effective. Just mix 3:1 ratio baking soda to water, to create a paste. Don some gloves, open the oven door and spread it all over the glass. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. That is about enough time needed to soften the grime there. Once enough time has passed, use a sponge to scrub the area. The grime should come right off, although some areas might give you extra trouble. Rinse the sponge and wipe the door with plain water next. Repeat until the area is free of baking soda. Use a clean cloth to dry the glass. If there are any streaks, you can use a glass cleaner to deal with them.
- Cleaning heavy stains – heavy stains that have dried up and hardened are a real bother to clean. For this reason, it is best first to warm up the oven to about 50 degrees and turn it off. Open the door and let it cool down till it is warm enough to touch. That will soften the grime so that you can easily proceed to clean it. Use an oven-safe cleaner on the glass and let it sit. Scrub with a sponge next. Use circular motions to loosen the grease. When you are done, rinse the area with a clean sponge. Dry the glass with a clean cloth.
- Doing routine maintenance – by investing a little time on a weekly basis, you can keep the oven glass clean and free of grime. A quick baking soda scrub like the one outlined in the first point is ideal. Make sure you wipe up huge splatters right away before they have had the chance to harden. A few minutes of wiping up after a cooking session can save you an hour of hard scrubbing later on. If your oven has a self-clean function, you can use that, but keep in mind it cannot substitute a good manual clean.
Once you have established these oven cleaning systems in place, you will find the chore is a lot more manageable than before. It is up to you to implement them right away and deal with this task, which many regards as bothersome.