Is Your Oven Holiday-Ready?
Don’t leave oven prep to the day before a holiday cook-a-thon
If you’re prepping for host duty and notice baked-on spills in your oven, you may be tempted to set the self-cleaning cycle and walk away. Think twice if your appliance is past its prime, say the pros. The high-heat setting can trigger a service call on an older oven near the end of its life span (13 years, on average). So don’t wait until the day—or week—before a holiday cook-a-thon to clean it. What to do instead? Try Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner followed by a thorough wipe-down with a diluted white vinegar solution, suggests one appliance expert. Be aware that your owner’s manual may warn against spray cleaners for liability reasons, because some people overuse them and some products produce toxic fumes. Applying a paste of baking soda followed by a final swipe of diluted white vinegar can work, too, but expect to use a lot more muscle.