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Cleaning Your Oven

Cleaning your stove or oven is also a messy, unappetizing chore but a very necessary one. Every time you cook you're bound to spill something. And if spilled food is not cleaned right away, it becomes baked on and almost impossible to remove later. When staging a home for sale, there is nothing that will turn a buyer off more quickly than if the stove is nasty looking. So take the necessary time to clean your oven periodically, as soon as you see spilled food appear.

  • Remove the racks and their detachable steel side supports.
  • Soak them in the sink or the tub in dish soap and warm water.
  • Use a soft brush or a low-abrasion SO pad to remove built-up food and grit.
  • If you have a self-cleaning oven, turn on the cleaning cycle.
  • Be sure to lock your oven during this process.
  • If you don't have a self-cleaning oven, use "Easy Off". It is a spray cleaner and works quite well.
  • Follow the directions on the can.
  • When the self-cleaning process is over, unlock the oven when it has cooled down.
  • Use a soft cloth to remove all of the ashes in the oven.
  • Finish with a damp rag to get all of the ashes out.
  • Use a disinfectant to wipe down the outside of the oven.
  • Clean the surface stove with the disinfectant.
  • Clean all burner trays, dry and replace if necessary.

Cleaning your oven or stove is another important part of good housekeeping to eliminate germs from your cooking area. A clean kitchen makes the whole home feel clean; a dirty kitchen makes the whole home feel dirty. So make cleaning your oven and stove a regular part of your routine and it won't become a huge undertaking.

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