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How to Clean Electric Ovens

Updated February 21, 2017

Electric ovens offer even heating and precise temperature control. They can also be placed anywhere in the kitchen since they don't require gas lines. When use for baking and cooking, grease or food spills can occur and burn onto the floor of the oven. Most electric ovens have a self-cleaning option, which can be used to aid in the cleaning process. Check the owner's manual for your specific brand's instructions. For regular cleaning, use ammonia and baking soda. They work together to soften and break down tough food messes without heavy scrubbing.

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  1. Turn off the electric oven and allow it to cool. Put on rubber gloves.

  2. Scrape off large pieces of burnt-on food from the oven with a metal scraper. This will assist in the soaking process, allowing the ammonia to reach down into the stains.

  3. Fill a spray bottle with ammonia and spray the inside of the oven. Use enough to saturate the stains and burnt-on food. Allow it to sit for five to 10 minutes.

  4. Apply an even layer of baking soda on top of the ammonia. Sprinkle 1 tsp of white vinegar on top of the baking soda. Allow it to sit for up to five minutes. The bubbling action will help release the food and the baking soda will work as an abrasive.

  5. Dampen a sponge with hot water and scrub the inside of the oven to remove stains and food. Rinse the sponge with clean water as you work. Keep working until all traces of cleaner are gone.

  6. Dry the inside of the electric oven with a clean towel.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Metal scraper
  • Spray bottle
  • Ammonia
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Scrubbing sponge

About the Author

Shelley Marie has been writing professionally since 2008 for online marketing and informational websites. Her areas of expertise include home, garden and health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and an associate degree in medical billing and insurance coding, both from Herzing University.

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