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How to Clean Your Oven While You Sleep

Good Friday morning, all you amazing Moppers. Another week is almost in the rearview, and what a week it has been. Lots of stuff going on around the ol’ Mop Up Your Mess homestead, not the least of which is cleaning.

But aside from all that, we did manage to do quite a fair bit of cooking this week, which is always nice. There’s just something to be said about getting in the kitchen and losing yourself in a recipe for an hour or two, and then marveling in a delicious dish that turns out almost perfect.

What’s not perfect, though, is the state of our oven afterwards. Over time, an oven can get pretty nasty, right? All those meals, all those spills, all those caked on food bits…ugh, it’s ugly.

So what’s a person to do? Sure, you can use the self-cleaning feature which can be found on most ovens these days, but that in itself is pretty nasty. Things get smoky, you have to open all the windows, and then wait for the oven to cool down from the bazillion degree temperature it was at to clean it in the first place.

No thanks.

This week, we’re here to show you a much easier way to clean your oven, which can be done—believe it or not—while you sleep!

What You’ll Need:

  • Baking Dish
  • Ammonia
  • Dish Soap
  • Scrubbing Sponge
  • Cleaning Gloves
  • Pot of Water

Step 1: Heat Your Oven

First things first, you want to get your oven slightly warm to begin the cleaning process, so turn it on to 150 degrees F to get the ball rolling.

Step 2: Boil

Grab your pot of water and put it on the stovetop to bring to a roiling boil. You don’t have to fill it right to the top. Half to 3/4 full will do the job just fine.

Step 3: Ammonia

Once the oven has reached the desired temperature of 150 degrees F, and the pot of water has reached its boiling point, turn off the oven and put 1 cup of ammonia into your baking dish. Place it on the top rack in your oven.

Step 4: Almost Done

Finally, place the boiling pot of water on the bottom rack of your oven. Be sure to use your oven mitts for this one, because it will be hot! When you’ve done that, close the oven up and you’re good to go.

Step 5: Wait

They say that the waiting is the hardest part, right? Well not if you do all this right before bed. You want to give the ammonia and water a bunch of hours to work their magic, so that’s why this method of cleaning your oven is perfect for overnights, because you’re not doing anything but sleeping anyway, so why not?

Step 6: Empty Everything

In the morning, take out the baking dish of ammonia and set it off to the side. Also remove the pot of water (which you can dispose of), as well as your oven racks. Let the oven door sit open for about 20 minutes to air everything out before you get in there for the final stages.

Step 7: Clean All the Things

Drop 1-2 teaspoons of dish soap into the baking dish of ammonia, and add about a quart of warm water. Then put on your cleaning gloves, grab your scrubbing sponge, and get down in there to scrub away all the gunk left behind that was loosened overnight by the ammonia and hot water. All that grease and grime will come off without a hitch, leaving you with a nice, clean oven. Dare we say…it’ll almost look brand new!

That’s all there is to it. It might seem like a lot, but really it’s not. The trick is keeping your oven clean after you’ve cleaned it. We like to line the bottom of our oven with tinfoil, or oven mats, which are heat resistant and washable, so you can use them again and again. That way all those spills can be easily taken care of, and not left to bake and crust into your oven.

That’s all for this week, Moppers. We hope you learned something new, and we’ll chat with you again next week. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!


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