A holiday pie or cheesy lasagna meltdown can turn your oven into a smoky, burnt-on, ooze-encrusted mess.
Plus, the gunk becomes and instant fire hazard.
These oven cleaning tips can help remove the unsightly mess, clean oven racks so that they're drip free, and even get the oven exterior clean.
Here's how to get started safely removing any remnants of dinners past from your oven.
The key to removing melted-on, dripped-on, and other greasy oven messes without too much effort is tackling them as soon as possible after they happen.
Try this easy trick next time you have an oven meltdown: Sprinkle the spill with a lick layer of salt as soon as it drops on the oven floor, while the goop is still hot and soft. Continue cooking.
To clean oven racks, start by opening the (cool) oven and removing the racks. Scrape off any burned-on stains with a dull knife held at a 30-degree angle.
Use an oven cleaner for manually cleaning ovens; if you have a self-cleaning oven, simply turn it on and let the appliance clean itself. Don't use oven cleaners on a self-cleaning or continuous cleaning oven, however; it may damage the surface.
To eliminate the need for frequent deep cleanings in the future, sponge away oven spills before they dry or are burned to a crisp.
After you've obliterated the baked-on messes in the oven, it's time to tackle the exterior. To prevent streak marks when cleaning large vertical surface areas, start at the bottom and work up, overlapping areas with a circular motion.
Clean glass, ceramic, and porcelain enamel by spritzing a glass cleaner directly on the surface. Buff clean and dry with paper towels or a lint-free cloth.