Effective ways to tackle burnt-on and greasy oven trays

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Barbeque Cleaning In LondonOven cleaning is not all about wiping stains inside the appliance or exterior alone. It is a complex chore, which many people struggle with. In essence, you need not only ensure the interior part is clean, but also different components of the oven itself.

One notable example of an oven part that often gets messy is the baking tray. ‘A black tray is a sign of a good cook’ is one saying that many people like to use as an excuse not to tackle this complicated oven cleaning chore. However, it is hardly ideal to have, as it could ruin your cooking efforts big time. The more you use the oven, the more its tray is going to accumulate grease. Alternatively, it could just develop a burnt-on coating that is in need of cleaning.

First, let’s see how you can tackle grease. Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that you can just give it a good wash in the dishwasher and be done with it. You cannot do without some manual cleaning, as that ensures the best result. Here is how you should focus your efforts:

  • Wipe it off initially – to tackle accumulated grease the right way; you must first do a general clean. What this means is wiping the area with a paper towel to pick up the surface grease. Don’t be too insistent on removing the massive accumulation at this point. Just pick the big clumps formed around corners and more severe stains.
  • Soak time – fill the sink (or bathtub) with hot water just enough to submerge the tray. Add some dishwashing liquid and soak the tray in there. One hour should be enough to soften the grease.
  • Wipe it clean – finally, it is time to remove grease. A sponge or a soft cloth works great for non-stick trays. If your tray isn’t non-stick, then a scouring pad will do it justice. At this point, the grease should be loose enough to remove completely.

If your tray has a layer of burnt-on residue, your course of action should be a little different:

  • Clear the large chunks – much like the previous task; you should first deal with the large pieces. A paper towel is a suitable tool for the job.
  • Mix a soaking solution – fill your sink or tub with boiling water. Pour in plenty of baking soda and let the trays soak in the solution. An hour is usually enough time.
  • Clean the tray – after sufficient soaking, the tray should be easy enough to wipe. Baking soda combined with hot water does wonders against burnt-on coating on trays.
  • Put in the dishwasher – if the tray fits in your dishwasher, give it a final wash. It will come out squeaky clean and shiny.

As you can see, there is a way to clean your oven trays quickly. Adopt the methods described above and you can bet your oven cleaning and even cooking efforts will benefit greatly.

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