The Smarter way to Clean your OVEN is the BEST!

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It's normal to put off cleaning your oven. We all do it, and sometimes you forget it's even dirty because it's all hidden away most of the time. You might look inside your oven quickly while you're putting something in it to bake or cook, but even at these times you're just focused on getting dinner on the table. So you just hope you'll remember to do it later. It's a good idea to get into a routine of cleaning your oven regularly, so it doesn't go uncleaned for long periods of time. Usually once or twice per year is fine, but if you use your oven more regularly, you'll want to up that to 3 or 4 times. Cleaning your oven once every six months or once per year is good, but if you use it often, you may want to clean it at the start or end of each season. So choose a cleaning schedule for cleaning your oven, and you'll find it's easier to keep it clean. Jillee from One Good Thing By Jillee has shared the best way to clean an oven which will also make cleaning your oven easier. She uses ammonia to make the job much easier, and you can too, just buy some ammonia and try out this cleaning tip.

Always be very careful whenever you clean with ammonia. Make sure you wear protective gear like gloves and a face mask because the aroma of ammonia is very potent and does have the ability to irritate your respiratory system. Also, if you have a gas oven, it's a good idea to turn the pilot light out and to turn the gas off as well. Don't mix ammonia with any other chemical cleaners either as it could cause a bad reaction. So you'll need some ammonia, a baking dish, a pot of water, some dish soap, a scrubbing pad or sponge, and gloves. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit and let it reach temperature. While it's heating up, put some water in a pot on your stove and bring it to a boil. When the oven is to the required temperature, turn it off. Then, pour 1 cup of ammonia into the baking dish and put that dish on the top rack inside your oven and the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack. Close your oven door. It's best to do this before you head to bed so that you can leave the ammonia and water sit in the oven overnight for 8 hours or more. The fumes from the ammonia and the steam from the hot water will loosen up all of the stuck and burnt on grease and food making it much easier to clean the next day.

The next day, take both the ammonia and the water out of the oven but keep the ammonia for later. Take out the oven racks if you haven't already. You can even put them in your bathtub on some old towels and cover them with hot water and some dish soap to soak overnight as well. Then you can clean them the next day, so they are also nice and clean to go into your clean oven. To scrub your oven, use the leftover ammonia and add in 1 to 2 teaspoons of dish soap as well as a quart of warm water. Then put on your gloves and dip your scrubbing pad or brush into the cleaning solution and start scrubbing the grease and stuck on food out of the oven. You'll see how easily it all comes off. Try out the best way to clean an oven and see how well it works for you.***

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