We have had a few sunny days lately and & the bulbs are starting to appear in the garden, you can almost hear the earth groaning on its axis and know that spring will soon be here. I have been itching to get stuck into my spring cleaning but I am stalling myself because I just know the months of mud and mildew are not over yet & its probably a little too soon.
So I satisfied my urge to deep clean by giving my oven a lovely clean. My now gleaming oven makes me smile every time I open it - I am not embarrassed to tell you. You may remember the post I did last year about cleaning your oven with bicarbonate of soda and water. Well I have been using this method very successfully for about a year now & it's working well. The thing I love most about it is that's its easy, chemical free and very inexpensive to do.
In essence I sprinkle the inside of my oven with bicarb in the evening & then spray it with water and leave over night - get the full instructions (and some other handy kitchen cleaning tips) here. The next day I scoop out all the gunk that has lifted of the bottom of my oven and then rinse it well with mild soapy water. I have found you need to rinse thoroughly to remove all the bicarb otherwise you get a slight residue when you next use your oven.
The inside of my oven is now clean so I turn my attentions to the glass. I remove the glass from the door and using bicarb, water, a scouring pad & some elbow grease I scrub the glass of my oven. If the glass is especially mucky I make a bicarb and water paste which I smear onto the glass and leave overnight. To give it extra sparkle once I have removed all the muck I spray with a little white vinegar and polish to a nice shine.
The thing I always struggle to get clean are the oven racks. They are rather fiddly and time consuming to clean in my experience. The other day it occurred to me that these could go through the dishwasher (I am still new to dishwashers - do forgive me if this is very obvious to you all). I put my oven racks into the dishwasher with my dishes on a normal cycle. They came out looking better than I have seen them looking in a while & further more the rest of the grime came off so easily with just a sponge! they are now shiny and like new - as is the rest of my oven.
Reading my previous post about how despairing I was about the state of my oven and conventional oven cleaners I am so glad I found the bicarb method my oven looks 100x better than it did this time last year - & so thrifty too ;)