Is your RV oven starting to get dirty from making those delicious chicken casseroles or cheesy potatoes? Spills, splatters, and grease are not only unsightly, but they’re a fire hazard. Unlike a residential oven, an RV oven doesn’t have a self-cleaning option, and even if it did, blasting it at 900°F is not only going to drain your LP tanks fast, but it’s going to make your RV feel like a sauna! Follow these RV oven tips that will have it clean and shiny after you’re done so you can spend more time in the great outdoors and less time cleaning your oven!
Commercial Oven Cleaners
Commercial oven cleaners that you can buy in the store, such as Easy Off, cut through the grime, but they do so with some pretty harsh chemicals. These chemicals get into the air and can really make it hard to breathe in the tight spaces of an RV. If you’re going to use one of these, make sure that you turn off the pilot AND turn off the gas supply to the oven all together. These chemicals are highly flammable and with any fire coming from the pilot, you’ll look a lot like the witch from Hansel and Gretel! Also open all the windows in your RV to let fumes out so you don’t poison yourself with them. Even the cleaners that claim to be “fume free” are pretty noxious.
Baking Soda, Water, and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are the most multifaceted kitchen staples around. They work for cooking, deodorizing, cleaning, and even the occasional science project. When you mix vinegar and baking soda together they create a powerful reaction that is not only fun to watch, it’s useful too! Here’s how to use these two along with a little water to easily get the grime out of your oven!
Step 1: In an oven-safe bowl, mix together baking soda and water to form a dry paste. Slowly add in a little vinegar (it’s going to start bubbling like crazy so go slow) until you have a loose paste that you can easily spread.
Step 2: Spread some of the mixture in the oven where you need it to work its magic the most. Place the bowl with the remaining mixture on the oven rack and turn the oven to 215°F. While it's baking, sit back and enjoy an apple pie Moscow mule.
Step 3: After about 45 minutes, turn the oven off, remove the bowl, and you’ll be easily able to wipe all that grime right off. Just be careful. It’s going to be a bit hot in there.
Ammonia & Water
If the last trick didn’t work for you, or you don't have one of the ingredients, try this simple cleaning solution!
Step 1: Heat the oven to around 150°F, or as close as you can get to it. While it’s heating up, start boiling some water.
Step 2: Once the oven is heated, turn it off, place a cup of ammonia in it, and then place the pot of boiling water next to it. Close up the oven and let it sit overnight.
Step 3: The following morning, open the oven and let it air out for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix ammonia, a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent, and a quart of warm water.
Step 4: Dip a sponge in the mixture and use it to wipe out the inside of the oven.
Heating the oven up beforehand allows it to turn the ammonia and water into steam, which then collects on the sides of the oven. As it sits overnight, it loosens up the stuck-on gunk and you can simply wipe it off!
Prevent the Mess To Begin With
While some dishes are notorious for bubbling over and splattering and some never create a stuck-on mess, there are some precautions you can take to avoid a maddening mess. Try these on for size!
- The first thing you can do to keep spills and splatters to a minimum is to cover your food while baking. Using a lid on a casserole dish or covering a dish with aluminum foil keeps messes contained.
- Next, use a baking sheet or aluminum foil to line the bottom of the oven while you bake. It will catch any drips that happen and you can simply remove it and either wash it or throw it away. If you take care of it after every dish you bake, you won’t ever have to deal with a stuck-on mess.
- Finally, brown meat first to seal in the juices! If you’re making a delicious roast, take a few minutes to brown it on the stovetop before putting it in the hot oven. The result will be a juicy roast and a clean oven! It’s a win-win!
Do you have any foolproof tricks for cleaning or keeping your oven clean? Let us know what works for you in the comments below!
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