The kitchen is subjected to all kinds of stains and spills, with the cooker bearing the brunt of a variety of ingredients burnt onto its surfaces. The supermarket may stock all kinds of cooker cleaners, which might be costly and sometimes confusing to use. You can use inexpensive, household items to clean an electric cooker without the need for toxic chemicals. Clear away any pans on the surface and turn off the power before you start cleaning.
Put on a pair of rubber gloves as cleaning a cooker is always a messy job.
Mix 10 ml (2 tsp) washing-up liquid, 10 ml (2 tsp) lemon juice with 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of warm water in a large bucket.
Remove the cooker racks and place them in the cleaning bucket. Allow them to soak while you tackle the rest of the cooker.
Sprinkle baking soda on the cooker surfaces, inside and out. Baking soda is a natural cleaner that will absorb stains and odours.
Pour 250 ml (1 cup) of white vinegar into an empty spray bottle. Spray the cooker surfaces and baking soda with the vinegar.
Work the baking soda and vinegar into a paste with the brush and coat all surfaces. Allow the paste to sit for two hours.
Scrub the cooker racks in the cleaning bucket with the brush until they are clean. Rinse the racks with clean water and allow them to air dry.
Wipe off the vinegar and baking soda paste with a clean, absorbent cloth. Replace the racks, turn on the power and use the cleaned electric cooker as normal.
The cooker racks will be easier to clean the longer they are left to soak.
Apply more vinegar to the paste if it starts to dry out.
Never mix vinegar with any bleach cleaning product because they produce harmful, toxic fumes.