How To Clean Oven Under Element

Date Published: June 18, 2021
Author: Kylee Smith

Cleaning an oven can be difficult when you do not do it often. Luckily, this task is easy when you know how to clean an oven under the element.

For best results, you should clean your oven every six months. In just a few easy steps, you will be able to remove the element from your oven and clean your oven.

Oven Cleaning Supplies

There are many oven cleaning solution options, including degreasers, a paste made of baking soda and water, white vinegar, and non-flammable detergents.

Ovens get quite dirty inside. Thankfully, the cleaning solution you choose is going to help minimize the elbow grease required for this task. With our easy-to-follow instructions, only a light scrubbing is needed to have your oven sparkling.

Cleaning Gloves

Cleaning gloves are necessary when cleaning your oven. These gloves will protect your hands from the cleaners and will protect your hands as you remove the element from your oven.

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Scrub Sponge

A scrub sponge helps remove any stuck-on built-up in your oven.  For best results, opt for a non-scratch sponge as it will prevent scratches inside of your oven and can be used for a variety of other cleaning tasks around your house.

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Spray Bottle

A spray bottle will allow you to easily spray the white vinegar on the inside of your oven.

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White Vinegar

White vinegar is a natural cleaning solution that can be used to clean your oven. When used in conjunction with the baking soda and water paste, it can power away tough, baked-on foods.

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Degreaser helps to power off tough, burn-on grease and food.  

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Non-Flammable Detergent

A non-flammable detergent is another option to use as a cleaning solution for your oven.

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Cleaning Cloths

Cleaning cloths are used to wipe the inside of the oven at the end of the cleaning task.

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How To Clean Under Oven Element

Many people think that removing the element(s) from their oven is a difficult task; however, it is quite easy to remove the element and clean your oven.  Follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to clean under your oven's element.

Step 1: Disconnect the Power Supply and Remove the Element

The power supply must be disconnected before you attempt to remove the element. Locate the two fixing points and unhook the electrical connections. Once you have removed the screws and unhooked the connections, the element will slide right out.

Pro Tip: Your stove’s manual can help you determine the number of elements in your oven along with the location of their fixing points and electrical connections.

Step 2: Apply the Baking Soda and Water Paste

Combine three parts baking soda to one part water to create an oven cleaning paste. Apply the paste to the inside of your oven and allow it to sit for a few hours to break down stuck-on foods and deodorize your oven.

Step 3: Spray the Inside of Your Oven

Next, spray vinegar on the baking soda and water paste. When the vinegar hits the baking soda, it will cause a bubbling action that will loosen burnt-on food and grease.

Pro Tip: Heat your vinegar for a few minutes before spraying down your oven for added cleaning power.

Step 4: Scrub Your Oven

Once the bubbling slows down, use your scrub sponge to scrub all surfaces inside your oven. If the baking soda and vinegar do not remove all burnt-on food and grease, spray your oven down with a degreaser and scrub it using your scrub sponge.

Pro Tip: Although you can skip the baking soda paste; however, it reduces the amount of scrubbing you will need to do to clean your oven. Remember, these steps are in place to minimize the difficulty of the cleaning task at hand.

Step 5: Wipe the Inside of the Oven

The oven must be wiped out to remove all traces of the cleaning solution. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe the inside of your oven and remove the cleaning solution. Follow up by drying the inside of your oven using a clean, dry cloth.

Step 6: Reinstall the Element(s)

Once you have cleaned and dried your oven, it is time to reinstall the oven's element(s). Slide the element(s) back into place and secure the electrical connections and fixing points.

Final Thoughts

Ovens cook meal after meal. If your dish bubbles over, it causes residue to build up quickly inside your oven. This build-up can result in an oven fire, which is why it is important to clean your oven.

Cleaning an oven does not have to be difficult. Cleaning your oven every 6 months will make the task much easier. Follow our instructions and use the cleaning supplies described above to clean under the element in your oven.


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