How to Clean Cooker

Cleaning the cooker is usually everyone’s least favourite job in the kitchen. Wiping up any spills and splashes as they happen will help you avoid having to do a major clean too often.

For regular maintenance:

Gas cookers: Remove the metal burners regularly and wash in hot diluted washing-up liquid. Use a cream cleaner on the cooker top (and the burners if necessary) to remove burned-on food.

Electric cookers: Cheek the manufacturer’s instructions first.

  • Switch off power before cleaning electric cookers.
  • Brush solid electric hot plates with a wire brush.

  • Remove drip pans under the rings and soak in soapy water before scouring them with a steel pad. Pat these dry with kitchen roll and replace.
  • Wipe ceramic and metal cooker tops with a damp cloth and a proprietary cleaner.

Ovens: Remove racks and wash in soapy water.

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for self-cleaning ovens, and remember that ordinary oven-cleaning products may damage your oven lining. Most just need an occasional brushing out with a stiff brush. For normal ovens, use a branded cleaner and carefully follow the instructions. Wear gloves, protect the floor with newspaper, and ventilate the room. Treat these products with caution; they usually contain sodium hydroxide, which can burn skin and mark floors and paintwork.
  • For a quick clean, preheat the oven to 110°C (225°F, gas mark 1/4 ), spray the inside with oven cleaner, leave for ten minutes, then turn power off and wipe the cleaner away with a damp cloth, taking care, as oven will be hot. Rinse frequently (make sure that you have plenty of ventilation).
  • Cast iron cooker (Aga): These are self-cleaning. Use a stiff wire brush on hot-plates (but be careful, these will always be hot). To clean the vitreous enamel top and sides, use a damp soapy cloth, then wipe dry.

Sinks and drainage areas

  • Synthetic resin can be wiped with a damp cloth dipped in bicarbonate of soda or a cream cleaner.
  • Porcelain can he cleaned with a cream or specialized cleaner.
  • Stainless steel can he wiped clean with diluted dishwashing liquid. Remove water stains and smears with a proprietary cleaner and polish with a kitchen towel. Do not use chemical cleaners on stainless steel, because they can spoil the finish.

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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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