Oven cleaning is never anyone’s favorite chore, but it’s unavoidable. The good news is that there are several ways to clean a Bosch oven naturally, without harsh chemicals. Keep reading for five helpful tips.
If you can, cleanse it with fire!
One of the best features of a Bosch oven is the self-cleaning cycle. Most ovens now come with a self-cleaning cycle which can be activated with the push of a button. But how does this magic happen?
The self-cleaning cycle works by heating the oven to extremely high temperatures, typically between 800 and 900 degrees Fahrenheit. This intense heat helps to break down any food residue that has built up on the oven walls, reducing it to ash. The ashes are then easily wiped away, leaving the oven clean and sparkling. Of course, taking some precautions before starting the self-cleaning cycle is important.
- Remove loose food from the oven and baking sheets or pans.
- The cycle can take several hours, so it’s best to run it when you’re not using the oven.
- The process generates a lot of heat, so it’s important to open a window or turn on a fan to help ventilate the room.
- Finally, the self-cleaning cycle produces fumes that can be unpleasant, so it’s best to run it when you’re not home and keep people and pets out of the kitchen.
Considering these minor inconveniences, the self-cleaning cycle is a great way to keep your Bosch oven clean with minimal effort. However, not all ovens come with a self-cleaning cycle.
If your oven doesn’t have a self-cleaning cycle, or you want a more natural method, we have five alternatives below.
1. Baking soda and vinegar
Bosch ovens are known for their self-cleaning features, but sometimes a little extra help is needed to get the oven sparkling clean.
This is where baking soda and vinegar come in. Baking soda is a natural cleaning agent that can help to loosen tough grime and stains, while vinegar is a powerful disinfectant. These two ingredients can make short work of even the most stubborn dirt and grime when used together. Here’s how to clean a Bosch oven with baking soda and vinegar:
- Remove any loose debris from the oven. Then, mix equal parts baking soda and water to form a paste.
- Apply the paste to the dirty areas of the oven and let it rest for at least 20 minutes.
- You can even leave it overnight for especially stubborn stains. Once the time has elapsed, spray the area with a mixture of vinegar and water. This will help the baking soda lift debris off the oven surfaces.
- Use a cloth dampened with warm water to wipe down the oven, leaving it sparkling clean.
Steam cleaning is an effective way to clean your Bosch oven and it’s fairly simple to do.
- Remove any loose debris from the oven.
- Next, bring about a third of a saucepan’s worth of water to the boil.
- Add an equal amount of vinegar and return to the boil for 30 seconds.
- Place the pan on the lowest rack of the oven and close the door.
- Let the steam work its way through the oven for 40-50 minutes.
- Once the time has elapsed, open the door and allow the steam to escape before wiping down the oven with a damp cloth.
For best results, repeat this process once a month or as needed.
3. Lemon juice
This is another natural cleaning method that is great for removing grease and grime from your oven surfaces. It also leaves your house smelling like fresh citrus instead of vinegar.
- Cut a lemon in half and add it to a pot, or oven-safe bowl of water.
- Set the oven to low heat, between 250-350 degrees.
- Let the warm lemon water cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Turn off the oven and let the water cool to a usable temperature.
- From there, take a wet microfiber cloth or paper towel and wipe the inside of the oven.
- For especially stubborn stains, you can mix the lemon water with baking soda to form a paste. Then, spread the paste over the tough stains and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
4. Baking soda and dish soap
Bosch ovens can be safely cleaned with a mixture of baking soda and dish soap.
- Remove any loose debris from the oven cavity.
- Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1-2 tablespoons of dish soap and a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and use this mixture to scrub the oven interior. Be sure to pay special attention to particularly dirty or greasy areas.
- Once you have finished scrubbing, wipe down the oven with a clean damp cloth.
This also works as a great all-purpose cleaner.
5. Olive oil
While stainless steel is a durable and easy-to-clean material, it can sometimes suffer from water stains or fingerprint marks. If your Bosch oven is starting to look dull, there’s no need to reach for harsh chemicals. Instead, try cleaning the surface with a simple solution of a few drops of olive oil.
- Add a few drops of olive oil to your cloth.
- Then, apply it to your oven’s surface in a circular motion. Continue until the entire surface is covered.
- Next, use another clean cloth to wipe away the olive oil. It really is that simple.
You may need to apply a little bit of elbow grease for stubborn stains. But overall, this gentle cleaning method should leave your stainless steel looking shiny and new.
As you can see, there are a few simple methods you can use to clean your Bosch oven. If you keep up with the regular cleaning, it will be a breeze, and your oven will last for years to come.