Does your oven or stovetop need cleaning or maintenance? Our video playlist offers simple tips and hacks to get the job done.
Think of all your range does for you, helping you cook meals and treats for your family. But when was the last time you cleaned your oven? How about your stovetop burners? If you can’t remember, the time has come to show your range some love.
Whether you’re looking for ways to finally degrease your stovetop or discover if those cleaning hacks you’ve seen online really work, we’ve compiled the best tips and maintenance tricks for your stove and oven. Dare we say after watching these videos that you’ll actually want to clean?
Cleaning Hack: How to Clean Stovetop Burners
If you’ve scrubbed and scrubbed and still can’t get your stovetop burners clean, you’re not alone. Sometimes your appliance needs a bit more than just elbow grease to get the job done. Make your range sparkle like new by following these steps.
Step 1: Spray grates with oven cleaner. For tougher gunk, use ¼ cup of ammonia instead.
Step 2: Put them in a plastic bag.
Step 3: Seal the bag and let it sit for 24 hours.
Step 4: Wash the grates with soap and water.
Say hello to a squeaky clean stovetop!
3 Need-to-Know Oven Cleaning Tips
Can’t remember the last time you actually cleaned your oven? Don’t fret — with these three tips, tackling your grease-stained appliance will be a breeze.
Tip 1: Unplug the oven, if possible — especially if you’re using water.
Tip 2: Make a DIY oven cleaner. Mix equal parts vinegar, baking soda and water.
Tip 3: Clean the knobs. Pull them off and soak them in warm, soapy water.
3 Oven Myths — BUSTED!
Do you really need to preheat the oven? Is it actually bad to open the oven in the middle of baking? Turns out some of the most common oven “rules” are half-baked.
Myth 1: Always preheat the oven. Busted! It depends on what you’re cooking and how long it takes.
Myth 2: Never open the door when something’s baking. Busted! Checking baked items for a few seconds shouldn’t hurt.
Myth 3: A loud noise will cause your cake to fall. Busted! This is an old wives’ tale. Make all the noise you want!
3 Oven Hacks — TESTED!
There are a ton of appliance hacks out there — but how many of them actually work? We put three of the most common oven hacks to the test.
Hack 1: Clean your oven with a homemade, all-natural solution. Combine 2 cups water, 1 cup vinegar, lemon peels and rosemary in a spray bottle. Let infuse. Sprinkle baking soda in the oven. Spray mixture throughout oven on top of baking soda. Let sit for 20 minutes. Wipe clean with a damp sponge.
Hack 2: Use the broiler to cut preheat time in half. Turn on the broiler and wait a few minutes. Set desired bake temperature. Cook food as instructed.
Hack 3: Use toast to find out if your oven has hot spots. Set oven to 350°F. Lay out slices of white bread evenly across baking rack. Leave in oven for three to four minutes to see what areas get more heat than others.
3 Stovetop Hacks — TESTED!
Resolving to keep a cleaner kitchen? We’ve tested three of the most popular stovetop cleaning hacks to find out which ones actually work, whether you have a gas or electric stove.
Hack 1: Clean stovetop burner grates. Spray grates with oven cleaner. For tougher gunk, use ¼ cup ammonia instead. Put them in a plastic bag. Let sit for 24 hours. Wash grates clean with soap and water.
Hack 2: Degrease stovetop with coconut oil. Rub coconut oil on greasy stovetop. Wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Hack 3: Use a DIY all-natural cleaner for glass stovetops. Rub a lemon slice over the stovetop surface. Sprinkle baking soda on top. Gently scrub. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. For tougher stains, try salt instead of baking soda.
Top Tips From a Tech: Oven Maintenance Tips
Keep your oven in tiptop shape with these maintenance tips from Tom Charland, a star technician at Sears Home Services.
Tip 1: Check the door seal. Make sure the door seal is soft and pliable. If it’s hard, brittle or torn, it could result in fluctuating temperatures and poor baking results.
Tip 2: Preheat faster. Instead of preheating the oven with a bake selection, select broiler. By preheating the oven using the broiler process, you can start cooking in 10 minutes instead of 20.
Tip 3: Clean the stovetop. Food or grease buildup around the burner heads could result in a bad ignition, which could become combustible and create serious injury.
Tip 4: Inspect the burners. The flame height should be ¼-inch above the burner head. If it’s too low, air movement could extinguish the flame and the burner will still expel gas, causing a potential safety hazard.
Tip 5: Self-clean the oven. Tom recommends that the self-cleaning process be performed at least twice a year or when necessary, based on buildup inside the oven cavity.