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How to Clean Ovens and Oven Racks

No one likes cleaning ovens. Everyone thinks it's not that necessary or too hard to do. Mainly because not only do you have to clean the oven itself, but also its racks, that are probably covered in last week's (or last month's) lasagna. But not to worry, we here at Handy have a guide on how to clean your oven with all natural products that you probably already have in your kitchen.

To clean your oven, you'll need the following: baking soda, water, rubber gloves, damp dishcloth, plastic or silicon spatula (NO METAL), spray bottle, white vinegar, and a little elbow grease.

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Instructions on how to clean ovens:

  1. Empty the oven: make sure to remove EVERYTHING like your oven racks, pizza stones, and the oven thermometer.
  2. Make a baking soda paste: This is simple. Mix ½ cup of baking soda with three tablespoons of water into a bowl until you have the right "spreadability".
  3. Coat your oven: Strap on those gloves and coat the interior oven without covering the heating elements. Make sure to cover every inch you can. Those gloves are going to come out pretty gross, but it's going to be worth it! The baking soda paste may turn brown in some places, and that's fine. Just ensure that you lather well all of the greasy bits, and then rest for the night.
  4. Let it sit overnight: allow the baking soda paste to do its thing for at least 12 hours.
  5. Clean your oven racks: read specific instructions for this down below.
  6. Wipe out the oven: You’re going to take a damp dishcloth and wipe out all of the baking soda paste as best you can. If you can’t reach all of it, try scraping it out with a rubber/silicone spatula. Do not use a metal spatula! It will damage your oven.
  7. Spray some vinegar: if you still see baking soda residue leftover after wiping, spray some vinegar, and it will react with the baking soda.
  8. Wipe out the oven again: Take that same damp washcloth and wipe out the vinegar and baking soda mixture. Add more water or vinegar if needed to make sure your oven is shining and spotless.
  9. Replace the racks, and you're done!

For cleaning oven racks, you’ll need the following: two old towels, bathtub, hot water, dishwasher detergent, non-abrasive scrub brush, dry towels, and again, a little elbow grease.

How to clean oven racks:

  1. Take the racks out of the oven completely.
  2. Lay down some towels in your bathtub to make sure they don’t damage your tub.
  3. Cover the racks with hot water: Turn on the faucet in your tub and cover the oven racks in hot water.
  4. Pour in the dishwasher detergent: Measure out a 1/2 cup of dishwasher detergent and pour it in the water so it can get to work on the racks. Then let them soak for at least four hours or overnight.
  5. Scrub off any remaining gunk: Grab that scrub brush and get to work. It should be pretty easy after soaking and require only a little elbow grease.
  6. Rinse and dry the racks. Make sure to rinse your tub as well thoroughly.
  7. Return your racks to the oven: You’re all done!

Follow these easy instructions for how to clean your oven, and you're sure to be blinded by your oven's new sparkle. Thanks for reading and happy cleaning! To busy to clean your ovens? Get home cleaning NYC to do the job and book your oven cleaning below!

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How to Clean a Dishwasher

Is it time to show your dishwasher some TLC?

You may believe to have the best dishwasher in the world, but more than likely it has been cleaning your dishes for longer than you’ve recognized and it’s starting show signs of abuse. Between non-rinsed dishes, poor quality detergents, inefficient dish-loading, and interrupted cleaning cycles, it’s no wonder that a foul odor may be coming from your dishwasher.

It's a good practice to clean your dishwasher once a month, and if it's been a lot longer than that, then it's undoubtedly time to award your reliable kitchen helper some TLC. This simple how-to guide will show you the step-by-step for cleaning your dishwasher.

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1. Clean out the drain.

Isn’t it always nice when something is way easier than it seems? To clean the drain of your dishwasher, just remove the bottom dish rack and inspect the drain. If there are any remnants of your past lasagna, steak & potatoes, or somehow your child's Hot-wheel car, adorn the yellow cleaning gloves and clean out the drain. This is going to help stop those troublesome dishwasher smells, increase draining efficiency, and ensure that your dishes are actually getting clean. Surprisingly, this will be the hardest part and it isn’t even that challenging!

2. Clean your dishwasher with vinegar.

Once you've replaced the bottom dish rack from step 1 and cleared all the dishes, you should place a dish-washer safe container filled with white vinegar (1-2 cups) upright on the top rack. Then run a full cycle using hot water. Afterward, you should see any grime, grease, and nasty odors are eliminated.

3. Dump in some baking soda.

After you have completed the first two steps, you then want to dump in about a full cup of baking soda onto the bottom of the tub. Then start a short/half cycle with hot water. Once the cycle is over, leave the door of the dishwasher open for a couple of hours to air out.

4. If there are still some persistent dishwasher smells…

If there are still some persistent aromas after you've performed steps 1-3, then you may want to consider using some bleach. NOTICE: It is not recommended that you use bleach if you have a stainless steel dishwasher.

5. Use a dishwasher cleaner for discolorations.

If the smell is gone, but you have some discolorations inside your dishwasher, try using a detergent additive such as Finish Power Up Booster Agent, Glisten Dishwasher Cleaner & Hard Water Spot Remover, and Lemi Shine Original. The discolorations usually form from mineral deposits in what's considered "hard" water and if any persist after steps 1-4, running your dishwasher through a cycle with any of these detergent additives should have your dishwasher back to looking and smelling brand new again.

In short, to avoid any unpleasant dishwasher smells, merely clean out the drain, clean your dishwasher with vinegar, dump in some baking soda, and if your dishwasher absolutely needs it, consider using bleach or purchase a dishwasher cleaner from the store.

A Clean Dishwasher! The Handy Way!

As long as you follow this step-by-step guide on how to clean your dishwasher, your dishwasher should return to being “the best dishwasher in the world” just like you remember it. Thanks for reading and happy cleaning!

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