How to Clean a Modern Convection Oven?

Convection ovens operate in a different way than standard ovens. They circulate air that enables them to heat up faster while using less energy than standard ovens. Although they are amazing for cooking enthusiasts who prefer cooking at lower temperatures, their original design makes them trickier to clean.

In this article, we will walk you through the process of oven cleaning. We will be giving you tips for how to clean a convection oven and we will list all the steps for the different methods.

Before proceeding, we have to mention that the best way to keep your oven clean is prevention. Be sure to clean any spills right after they happen. Don’t let the spills cook more and harden. This is key to always having a clean oven.

General Tips for How to Clean a Convection

Before we discuss the different methods and tips for how to clean a convection oven, it is important to know the basics of cleaning any similar kitchen appliance.

To clean a convection oven:

  • Remove the oven racks and soak them in hot water in the sink.
  • To clean the oven, you need a chemical cleaner or an alkaline solution to cut through the grime and goop.
  • Use gloves to apply the solution. Let it sit according to the instructions on the package.
  • In the meantime, use liquid soap and an abrasive sponge to clean the oven racks.
  • Wipe the clean racks with a dry cloth or let them air dry.
  • Go back to the oven and scrub away the spills. Use a washcloth or a brush for the sections that need more scrubbing.
  • Wipe away the residue and continue cleaning the oven using one of the methods detailed below.

How to Clean a Convection Oven 3 Ways

Some convection ovens are self-cleaning while others require manual cleaning. Depending on the type of oven you own and your preferences, you can clean a convection oven in different ways. Each method follows a different process. To clean a convection oven, choose the method that works best for you.

How to Clean Your Oven Using The Self-Cleaning Function

Before running the self-cleaning cycle, remove the racks from the oven and clean them as recommended.

  • Make sure the oven is completely cool. If it’s not, allow it an hour to cool completely and then proceed.
  • Activate the self-cleaning cycle. Most ovens have different temperature settings. Choose higher temperatures if there are many spills on the oven surface. Higher temperatures will burn food particles faster.
  • Do not use chemical solutions or dishwasher detergent during the self-cleaning cycle. Also, make sure the oven door is shut and locked to prevent fumes and heat to spread in the house.
  • Leave the room while the oven is self-cleaning since the fumes are toxic. Preferably, keep your windows open during the process. Typically, it takes 2 to 4 hours to complete a full cycle of cleaning.
  • When the cycle ends, open the door to release excess heat. Wait a few minutes for the oven to cool down.
  • Use a damp cloth to lift away the residue from the bottom of the oven.
  • Use a cloth damped in warm water and liquid dish detergent to clean the oven door.

How to Deep Clean Your Oven with Oven Cleaners

If your convection oven doesn’t have a self-cleaning function, you can clean it by hand with an oven cleaner solution.

How to clean a convection oven with oven cleaning solution:

  • Spray the inside of the convection oven with the solution. Apply the solution as stated on the package instructions. Focus on the areas with build-up residue.
  • Most cleaners contain toxic chemicals. Use gloves to protect your skin and cover your nose and mouth with a mask to minimize exposure to fumes.
  • Let the cleaner sit for 30 minutes to break through the food residue.
  • With a disposable damp kitchen sponge or cloth, wipe out the inside of the oven. Make sure you remove all the oven cleaner residue.

Try to maintain the oven as clean as possible after deep cleaning by wiping spills as soon as they happen. You should deep clean the oven only when other methods fail to produce satisfactory results.

How to Clean Your Oven With Baking Soda Paste

f you want to avoid the use of toxic chemicals, you can make your own natural cleaning solution with baking soda.

To make the solution, mix water and baking soda together to form a white paste. Gradually, pour water over baking soda and stir until you get the consistency of cake icing. You can try other natural oven cleaner recipes if you don’t have baking soda. For example, a mixture of tartar and hydrogen peroxide is also good for cleaning ovens.

How to clean a convection oven with baking soda paste:

  • Use a spatula or a sponge to smear the baking soda solution over the inside of the oven in a thin layer. Apply a thick layer of solution to areas with build-up residue or grease stains.
  • Keep the baking soda away from heating elements and fans.
  • Give the mixture a few hours to set and break down the food particles. If there’s a lot of residue, allow it to sit overnight.
  • If you’re having trouble with stubborn grease stains, spray vinegar over the baking soda solution. This will help dissolve the grease and grime faster.
  • Scrub the oven with an abrasive sponge or an oven brush following the soda treatment. Apply more baking soda paste and vinegar if necessary and repeat the process.
  • Rinse out the oven with warm water to remove any traces of food residue and baking soda.
  • Let the oven air dry or use a clean dry towel to clear it of water.

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