When I was little, my mama always said that “a meal ain’t done until the oven was clean and shiny, just like you weren’t awake until you made your bed” (although technically, unless you’re a sleepwalker, I can’t see any way of making your bed without being awake, but mama wasn’t really the type you could argue with). So, as you can imagine, I was brought up in the spirit of keeping things clean and shiny. Mama never let me go out of my room before I’d made my bed and never let me go out after school before I’d done my homework and cleaned my room. This way I developed responsibility and the habit of doing things that had to be done without procrastinating like most people. I would clean my dishes right after I had eaten; I’d make the bed right after I had gotten up; I’d clean my room before I head out; I would clean the oven right after I had cooked. Thanks for teaching me how to do things the proper way, mama.

When I got college, however, I noticed a trend. People weren’t cleaning right after they used something. They were waiting for a significant amount of time before taking any action. To me, that was like waiting for the last possible moment before taking an evasive action when people were shooting at you in a video game – made zero sense. I was always the one cleaning what others had made a mess of simply because I didn’t want it to go critical. This isn’t the way to handle things and I am glad I am no longer living with other people. Now at least I am cleaning messes I, myself, had created. Anyway, I’d been irritated by the memories as I was watching some old photos, so I decided to give you a few tips so you don’t annoy the flock out of people.

Oven cleaning is an art – treat it as one!

Many people don’t realize what kind of an art cleaning actually is. It’s a systematic waste and grime removal procedure that destroys most of the annoying little bacteria creeping in your kitchen in the process. As any other form of art, cleaning requires time and focus. Think of your oven as a canvas and you’re the painter; the only difference is that you’re not adding something, you are removing something. You are removing the nasty byproduct of your cooking which is a breeding ground for all sorts microorganisms and you can’t have that.

A great tip I can give you is to clean the oven every time after use, while it’s still warm (not hot, though!). This way the temperature will be a catalyst for the chemical reactions and your cleaning products bonding with the grime and breaking its molecules down.

If you don’t want to use commercial cleaning products, then a 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with a bowl of water should yield favorable results. You might to sprinkle some baking soda on the oven for more abrasion. If you clean it right after you were done cooking, while it’s still warm, it will be a good catalyst for the chemical reactions, and also the food will not have had the chance to dry out so it will be a breeze to remove. Do that every time after cooking and your oven will always be nice, clean and shiny.

AuthorBio: July works in a professional deep cleaning company so she knows what she is writing about. She loves to share home improvement ideas and tips with her readers.