How to clean a Convection Oven naturally
Convection ovens have many advantages. They can be much more cost effective to run than standard ovens and they also have the added benefit of often producing vastly superior cooking and baking results more quickly and easily than their counterparts.
However, their design means that they can also be more difficult to clean than regular appliances. Despite this, cleaning your convection oven effectively is achievable in several different ways.
Use your oven’s built-in self-cleaning function
Here are some important tips for using the self cleaning functionality built into your convection oven:
- Start by removing the oven racks and scrubbing them with hot water, an environmentally friendly and non-abrasive liquid cleaner, and a suitable brush or scourer. Leave to dry before you move to the next step
- Next activate the self-cleaning function on your convection oven by entering your desired cleaning time. It is very important to ensure the oven door is completely sealed before beginning so that heat and fumes do not leak out
- Once the cycle has begun, you are also advised to leave the room, taking any children or animals with you and to leaving as many doors and windows open as possible for the duration of the cleaning process. Self-cleaning ovens typically take up to four hours to complete this function but you should consult your user manual for its exact timelines
- Once the cleaning cycle has finished and the oven has been allowed ample time to cool completely, you can then begin to manually clean any remaining dirt that may have gathered at the base of your convection oven. This dirt will usually be in the form of loose dust which can be quickly and easily disposed of
- The inside of the oven door can then be cleaned with a damp cloth or scrubbing brush, if required, and you should be left with a sparkling clean convection oven with minimal work involved
Use an oven cleaner
Oven cleaners should be used to clean your convection oven in the absence of a self-cleaning feature. Some older convection ovens, in particular, could benefit from this alternative cleaning method.
This should be an occasional, rather than a regular, cleaning method for your convection oven due to the abrasive nature of some cleaners.
- As above, begin by removing the racks and setting them aside. Some oven cleaners include a heavy-duty plastic sheeting to allow them to be cleaned safely with the same solution and the same time as your main oven. If that is not the case, scrub as above in the sink using hot water and a suitable product
- Spray the inside of the oven with an oven cleaning product, making sure to avoid contact with eyes and skin
- Close the oven door to prevent any potentially toxic fumes from escaping and also ensure windows and doors are open for the duration of the cleaning process
- When the designated amount of time has passed, carefully clean out the oven using warm water and wearing gloves to avoid any potential irritation of your skin. The used sponge or cloth should be disposed of when this step is complete
- Your convection oven should now be super clean and once again ready for use
Use 100% natural methods (and some elbow grease!)
Traditionally, vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda were all used for cleaning all areas of the home. Totally natural, they can still be very effective at helping you keep your home clean, and can also be used on your convention oven. However, in order for these ultra-natural and less abrasive cleaning agents to work well, you are advised to clean regularly and not to let thick layers of dirt build up.
A lemon cut in half can act as an abrasive scourer when rubbed on tough grease spots in your oven. Leave for a short time and follow with a damp cloth or sponge dipped in warm water. Vinegar can also cut through grease in a similarly natural way and can then be washed away.
Baking soda and water can also be mixed together to form a paste which can then be used to coat the interior of your oven. This should be left to work for several hours with the oven door closed in order to be effective and should help break down the grime and allow for easier cleaning.
Always remember to clean as you go
Each of the convection oven cleaning methods outlined above will be much more effective if carried out on a regular basis so that grease and residue from food does not have the opportunity to build up into thick baked-on layers, which are very difficult to remove, even with the help of heavy-duty oven cleaners.
Chemical oven cleaners can have a negative impact on the environment and so should be used only occasionally.
We hope those tips help you to clean your convection oven and protect the environment at the same time! If you have any more tips, leave them in the comments.