February’s challenge is to clean your range or cook top and oven. I got a start on mine last weekend.
First, I wiped out the oven and started the clean cycle. I used a two hour cycle because it wasn’t very dirty. After it finished and cooled, I wiped again to remove the ash that is left from the cleaning.
While the oven was cleaning, I worked on a couple of other things. My smooth cook top is cleaned regularly in order to avoid build up, so that wasn’t on my to do list. I started with the controls which are on the back of the stove. I removed the knob and washed them thoroughly, then washed the whole surface behind them. Simple Green proved to be useful for the job.
I also removed the drawer that is under the oven and emptied it’s contents. There wasn’t much that needed to be removed as far as what I keep in there, but the drawer itself did need a good cleaning. Then there was the matter of the floor under the oven. I started sweeping up the dirt when I remembered to take a picture for you.
Still to be done:
I cleaned the area under the stove, but I’m still hoping my husband will help me pull the stove out this weekend. I do not have spill guards between my counter and stove, and I’m sure there is some cleaning that needs to be done there.
Also, I want to work on cleaning the oven window. I’ve always hated the way oven windows get dirty and have found them difficult to clean. Many times, the offending dirt is inside two pieces of glass and can’t be accesses without taking the door apart. I finally gave up some time ago on have a perfectly clean window, but this one can be improved with a little work.