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Guide to Cleaning the Oven of your furnished Apartment

Christine Kandler Von Christine Kandler
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Ovens are often completely neglected in many furnished apartments, and go without any regular cleaning. This is why cleaning staff are usually occupied with removing encrustations for far longer than planned after the tenant has moved out. Once everything is burnt and encrusted, it's much more difficult to remove. As a temporary tenant, you can stop it from getting that far. Clean the oven regularly, preferably after each use. This prevents dirt from burning onto it, and food residue or fat from igniting. Chemical oven spray, shaving foam, or washing powder are often recommended for oven cleaning. However ecological cleaning products are certainly the better choice. Choose one of these three cheap, ecological alternatives for your next oven cleaning.

Cleaning the oven with baking soda - quick and easy

Soda is environmentally friendly, cheap, and replaces most cleaning agents. With baking soda you can also clean your oven quickly and easily. You can find baking soda in the drugstore or stocked for refills e.g. at Unpacked.

Here's how you do it:

- Mix baking soda and water in a ratio of 1:1
- Spread the paste on the encrusted spots in the oven
- Leave the mixture for approx. 30 minutes to take effect 
- After the mixture has dried, remove the powder and wipe with a damp cloth.

For less severe soiling, you can also put 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a spray bottle, fill it up with water and use this mixture like oven spray, e.g. to spray the side walls. After 30 minutes of soaking time, residues can be removed with a damp cloth.

Cleaning the oven with vinegar - effective thanks to vinegar steam

Vinegar is also a proven household remedy that's perfect for cleaning. For oven cleaning you should of course use cheap vinegar, or even better, vinegar essence. To do this, simply put vinegar or essence with a little water in a bowl (no plastic!) and heat it for 45 minutes at 150 degrees. Any deposits can be removed easily afterwards.

Cleaning baking trays with salt - easily remove encrusted dirt

Everyone has salt at home, and with normal household salt you can easily remove encrusted spots from baking trays.

Here's how you do it:

- Spread 250 g of salt on the encrusted baking tray. The burnt areas should be completely covered.
- Put the baking tray in the oven and let the spots brown at 50 degrees for about 30-60 minutes.
- Pour the salt away and you'll find that these dirt spots can now be easily removed.
- Finish by cleaning the baking tray with warm water and a sponge.


Don't forget to clean the oven before you move out of your furnished apartment. In case of stubborn dirt you may have to plan several cleaning cycles. If you take care that the oven is clean yourself, you will save money on the final cleaning.
Even better, of course, is to make it easier for yourself and not let it get out of control, by cleaning the oven regularly or after use.

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