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5 Common Oven Cleaning Mistakes You Should Stop Doing

cooking in an oven

The oven is an essential appliance in any household for baking, roasting, and cooking delicious meals. However, cleaning the oven can be a daunting and frustrating task, especially if you need to know the best practices. 

Many people make common oven cleaning mistakes that can damage the appliance or pose a potential safety hazard. In this article, we will discuss five common oven-cleaning mistakes that you should avoid.

1. Using Harsh Chemicals 

Many people believe that using harsh chemicals is the most effective way to clean the oven. However, this is not true. Harsh chemicals can damage the oven’s interior and exterior surfaces, causing discoloration and corrosion. Moreover, harsh chemicals can produce fumes that are harmful to your health, especially if you have respiratory problems.

Instead of using harsh chemicals, opt for natural cleaning solutions that are safe and effective. Try to mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray it on the oven’s surfaces to remove grease and grime.

2. Neglecting the Oven’s Self-Cleaning Feature 

Many modern ovens come with a self-cleaning feature that can save you time and effort. However, some people need to pay more attention to this feature and opt for manual cleaning methods. This is a mistake because the self-cleaning feature can clean the oven’s interior surfaces without using harsh chemicals or scrubbing.

To use the self-cleaning feature, remove the oven racks and wipe off any loose debris. Then, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to activate the self-cleaning mode. The oven will heat up to a high temperature and burn off any food residue, leaving ash that you can easily wipe off with a damp cloth.

3. Using Abrasive Tools 

When cleaning the oven, some people use abrasive tools such as steel wool, scouring pads, or metal scrapers. However, these tools can scratch or damage the oven’s surfaces, making it harder to clean in the future. Moreover, the scratches can trap food particles and bacteria, posing a health hazard.

Instead of using abrasive tools, use soft cloths or sponges to wipe off the oven’s surfaces. You can also use plastic scrapers or spatulas to remove stubborn stains without damaging the surfaces.

4. Not Cleaning the Oven Regularly 

Many people only clean the oven when it becomes visibly dirty or emits a foul odor. However, this is a mistake because food residue and grease can build up over time, making it harder to clean and reducing the oven’s efficiency. Moreover, the accumulated food residue can attract pests and bacteria, posing a health hazard.

To avoid this, clean the oven regularly, preferably after every use. Wipe off any spills or stains immediately to prevent them from hardening. Use a damp cloth or sponge to clean the oven’s surfaces, or activate the self-cleaning feature if available.

5. Forgetting to Clean the Oven’s Exterior 

When cleaning the oven, many people focus only on the interior surfaces and neglect the exterior. However, the oven’s exterior can also accumulate dirt, dust, and grease, making it look unsightly and reducing its lifespan.

To clean the oven’s exterior, wipe it off with a damp cloth or sponge. You can also use a mild detergent or a natural cleaning solution. Avoid using abrasive tools or harsh chemicals that can damage the surfaces or discolor the paint.


Cleaning the oven is an important task that should be considered. However, many people make common oven cleaning mistakes that can damage the appliance or pose a potential safety hazard. By following these tips, you can keep your oven running smoothly for years to come.

Are you tired of struggling with oven cleaning mistakes? Inside Out Cleaning offers AZ cleaning services, specializing in oven cleaning to make it spotless, safe, and efficient. Get in touch with us today to learn how.

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