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How to Remove Pesky Burn Stains in Your Oven

A person wearing gloves cleans the inside of an oven.
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Whether you’ve got a self-cleaning oven or not, there’s a bit of elbow grease that always comes into cleaning the appliance. Thankfully, there’s a hack that’ll make getting stuck-on food burns out of there with a little less work.

All you need in order to remove burn stains in your oven is a sponge and an all-purpose cleaner.

Ryan Lupberger, founder and CEO of Cleancult, said getting the burnt spots out is more of a waiting game than one that requires a ton of elbow grease. Yes even if your self-cleaning oven is able to remove stains during its cycle, this trick is ideal for those moments in between cleanings.

The Cleancult CEO recommends soaking a sponge with an all-purpose cleaner and allowing it to rest on top of the stain for at least 20 minutes. The soaking should help to loosen up any residue. Once the time is up, if it’s not gone, you’ll need to keep soaking it for another 20 minutes. When done, simply wipe away the grime.

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Lupberger did say some might feel uncomfortable using a cleaner in their oven, a space where food is cooked. Instead of the traditional cleaner, he said you can use a mixture of equal part water and vinegar. You can also consider adding in a teaspoon of baking soda. Follow the same steps, and you should get the same results.

Whether you need a spot clean or you’re in a full-on oven-cleaning mode, this hack should help ease some of the burden.

[Via Well + Good]

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