9 December 2022

How to clean your oven

| Dione David
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Between the built-up grease and hard to reach places, cleaning one’s oven is up there with other back-breaking labour nobody wants to do.

There are plenty of solutions for effectively cleaning an oven, but this guide focuses on making the chore less daunting.

Grae Munro from Detlev’s Electrical knows ovens, and over the years he has picked up some handy hints.

Here are his top two tips.

1. For easy access, remove the door

Grae Munro from Detlevs points to the hinge in an oven door to help with cleaning

Lifting this latch will lock the hinges of your oven door in place, allowing you to lift the door out. Photo: Region.

Inside the oven cavity is arguably the trickiest part of this cleaning job, due in most part to access.

Sticking your head inside an oven isn’t fun at the best of times, let alone when you have to lean over a greasy door to do it.

Grae says the simple solution is to remove the oven door but he cautions: “All makes and models are different, so please check your instruction book before attempting to remove the oven door”.

For the most part, instructions will generally read something like the below.

  1. Open the door
  2. Undo the latches that lock the hinges into position
  3. Lift the door, which is now locked, back up
  4. Carefully lift the door up and out

2. Clean your Rangehood filter

Grae Munro from Detlevs demonstrates how to remove an oven rangehood filter

Rangehood filters generally pop out easily. Photo: Region.

Often dripping with fat, rangehood filters can look like more work than they are.

They’re actually low-hanging fruit in the grand scheme of an oven clean.

“Rangehood filters can get really greasy and really gross,” Grae says.

“Luckily there is one very quick and easy solution.”

  1. Remove the filter – it should lift out fairly easily
  2. Pop it in the dishwasher!
  3. Clean the frame using an appropriate household cleaning product
  4. Once the filter is cleaned and dried, affix it back into place


  • If you don’t have a dishwasher, try soaking your rangehood filter in a solution of white vinegar and dishwashing detergent before scrubbing off the grease and rinsing thoroughly.
  • If using chemicals during your oven clean, always ensure you wear gloves and test an inconspicuous section first.


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