Countertop ovens are a great thing that many people have recently started integrating into their modern lifestyle.
I’m a big fan of countertop ovens. But can you guess what’s the thing that I’m not a big fan of? Cleaning!
Now, it doesn’t bother me that much because I’ve learned that the key is the consistency and routine, along with a few tips and tricks.
And also, it’s always better to clean a countertop oven which is smaller and easier to access than a standard oven, right?
That’s why, in this post, you will be able to find how to clean countertop oven, keep it clean on a regular basis, and a few other tips and tricks that will help you along the way. There will also be a few things that are a real no-no, just for your own safety.
Things You Will Need
The first thing you should do is get the right tools that will help you during the cleaning process. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to efficiently clean a countertop oven.
But even before that, I’d recommend you to have a look at the manual and find the instructions for cleaning your countertop oven model. There are usually do’s and don’ts listed according to the manufacturer’s advice.
When you’ve done that, here are a few things you should get, and it’s most likely that you already have them around your home somewhere.
In case you don’t, don’t sweat it. These things are very cheap and can be bought in almost any store. They will last you for a long time, and it’s not a big investment either.
Alright, here’s the stuff you should get
- Soft cloth
- Mild liquid soap
- Water solution, diluted vinegar, or non-abrasive cleanser
Basically, you can use anything as long as it’s not going to scratch the interior surface of your countertop oven or isn’t abrasive.
In case you haven’t cleaned your countertop oven (no judgment!) in a while, you might need to do some scrubbing.
In that case, you still shouldn’t use anything that might scratch any the surface. Instead, the best thing you could get is the soft plastic scouring pad. Or nylon scouring pad, it’s up to you.
It won’t scratch the surface but it will do a great job.
Also, one more thing. What might work for a standard oven, might not work for the countertop oven. Therefore, make sure you stick with the safest solutions you can get your hands on, and always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
How to Clean Countertop Oven
In order to keep your countertop oven clean, I’d recommend you to give it a clean wipe after every use. If you have no time for that, at least try to clean it once a week.
First things first
When you have the cleaning things that will help you during the process, it’s time to unplug the countertop oven and let it cool down in case it’s been used prior to the cleaning.
After that, simply take out the racks and anything that’s removable such as a pan. That will give you a lot more space inside the countertop oven. Use it to your advantage by wiping the crumbs from the interior.
Also, make sure to clean the interior walls and a door. It’s most likely that you will get some crumbs stick in the corner and that might be tricky. However, get any type of a soft brush and do your best to brush them away. Even a toothbrush you no longer use can be used for this process.
Cleaning the Interior
Now when you’ve done a few quick things, it’s time to detail clean the interior of your countertop oven.
For this, you will need to get a bowl of hot water, a tablespoon or two of a white vinegar. Instead of vinegar, you can use a mild cleaner such as a dish soap.
Now get the sponge you’ve prepared and dip it in the water. But don’t even think about starting to clean the interior straight away. You must squeeze the sponge first and make sure there’s no excess water. Also, I’d recommend you to use a spongy side instead of the harsh green/black side of the sponge.
When wiping up and down the interior walls of your countertop oven, make sure that you avoid the heating elements. It should be a simple process if the interior walls aren’t very greasy.
Cleaning the Heating Element
Heating elements should be cleaned as well. But since they’re fairly fragile, they should be cleaned gently. Also, I wouldn’t recommend you to clean the heating elements very often. Once every other week is fine.
To clean your heating elements, you’d want to use a water dampened cloth. But keep in mind that you should allow it to completely dry before the use. However, don’t use soap or any other cleanser or you might damage the heating elements.
Cleaning the Ceiling
The ceiling should be cleaned thoroughly, and there’s one reason for that. Ceiling usually doesn’t come with a non-stick coating like other interior parts do.
It might be also the hardest thing to clean. Do your best and use the things you have prepared that will help you out.
Cleaning the Outside
In case you need to clean the outside, simply use a sponge that is moistened with water. You can also use any glass cleaner as well.
Make sure that you wipe the control panels as well once you’re wiping down the outside of your countertop oven.
Lastly, Cleaning the Removable Parts
These include racks, pans, or anything that you had inside the countertop oven and it was removable.
Letting these parts soak before cleaning does help the process, but doesn’t necessarily has to be done. No matter how hard it is to clean these parts, it’s important to stick to the spongy side instead of the green/black harsh side, no matter how tempting it is.
Things You Shouldn’t Do When Cleaning Countertop Oven
Here are just a few quick things that you shouldn’t do when cleaning the countertop oven for your safety, but also for the safety of the device.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals
- Don’t use things that could scratch the surfaces
- Don’t plug in the countertop oven right after the cleaning (let it dry)
- Don’t skip anything
- Don’t use chemicals on heating elements
I’m also sure that most of these things are already mentioned in the manual that came with your countertop oven, but you can never be too safe, right?
So I’m sure you know how to clean countertop oven properly now, so happy cleaning, and give it a try every once in a while!