The Top 5 Oven Cleaning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

As seasoned oven cleaners, we’ve seen it all. From ovens that look like they’ve hosted a food fight, to those that have been scrubbed within an inch of their lives, we’ve witnessed every possible oven cleaning mistake. But fear not! We’re here to share our wisdom and help you avoid these common pitfalls. So, grab a cuppa, sit back, and let’s dive in.

Mistake 1: Using Harsh Chemicals

Many people believe that the harsher the chemical, the better the clean. However, this is a myth that’s as stubborn as that burnt-on cheese at the bottom of your oven. Harsh chemicals can damage your oven’s interior and create fumes that are harmful to breathe in.

The Fix: Opt for eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaners. Or better yet, why not book a professional oven cleaning service? At Carbon Solutions, we use non-intrusive chemicals that are tough on grime but gentle on your oven.

Mistake 2: Ignoring the Oven’s Self-Cleaning Function

Some modern ovens come with a self-cleaning function, but many people ignore it, thinking it’s not effective. This is a bit like having a dishwasher and washing your dishes by hand!

The Fix: If your oven has a self-cleaning function, use it! However, remember that this function won’t replace a deep clean. For that, you’ll need the help of professionals (hint, hint).

Mistake 3: Neglecting Regular Cleaning

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong! Just because you can’t see the grime doesn’t mean it’s not there. Regularly ignoring your oven’s plea for a clean can lead to build-up that’s harder to remove and can even affect your cooking.

The Fix: Regular cleaning is key. And by ‘regular’, we don’t mean once every blue moon. If the task seems daunting, our oven-cleaning specialists are just a call away.

Mistake 4: Forgetting the Racks

Cleaning the oven but forgetting the racks is like taking a shower but not washing your hair. The racks can harbour as much grime as the oven itself.

The Fix: Remove the racks and clean them separately. Soak them in a mixture of dish soap and warm water, then scrub gently with a soft cloth or sponge.

Mistake 5: Using Abrasive Tools

Using abrasive tools or scrubbing too hard can scratch the surface of your oven. Remember, your oven is a kitchen appliance, not a piece of firewood.

The Fix: Use soft cloths or sponges for cleaning. For stubborn stains, a paste of baking soda and water can be gently applied and left to sit before wiping away.


Cleaning an oven is a bit like taming a wild beast. It requires patience, the right tools, and a bit of know-how. Avoid these common mistakes to keep your oven in top shape. But remember, even the most diligent cleaners need a bit of professional help now and then. So, whether your oven needs a quick spruce-up or a deep clean, our team at Carbon Solutions is ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work. After all, a clean oven is a happy oven!

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Written by: Carbon Oven Solutions Team

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