The Easy-Bake Oven is one of the most popular toys ever made, with over 23 million units sold to date. This means that, at one time or another, millions of parents have had to ask themselves the question of how to clean the inside of an Easy-Bake oven.
There are many reasons why cleaning a full-sized oven is essential and cleaning inside an Easy Bake oven is no different.
So, if you are the parent of a child with an Easy-Bake oven in need of a thorough cleaning you are in luck because I’m going to explain to you exactly how to do it.
How To Clean The Inside of An Easy Bake Oven
Cleaning inside an Easy-Bake oven is fairly easy to do. All it takes is a little dish soap and water with some paper towels to wipe everything sparkling clean.
But there are a few things you need to consider before you start.
The very first thing you have to do is ensure your safety and that of your child (and yourself for that matter).
Remember that despite being a toy, an Easy-Bake oven is an electrical appliance with a real heating element. Therefore, cleaning it requires that you cut off power to the oven by unplugging it from any source of electricity and letting it cool completely. Forgetting to do so can result in serious injury.
Something else to keep in mind is that you should take your Easy-Bake oven to a place where water can be used freely and where getting the surrounding area wet will not cause many issues.
I would always take my kid’s Easy-Bake oven out back to our patio and clean it there. No matter how much care you take when you deep clean an oven, water will be used and things may get messy.
The last thing you need to know before you start to clean the Easy-Bake oven is that it will be a “hand-wash” process. Never, under any circumstance should you clean your oven by submerging it in water, or by placing it inside a dishwasher.
With these essential considerations out of the way, let’s get started.
List Of Cleaning Supplies
To clean the inside of an Easy-Bake oven you will only need the following items:
- Clean water
- A bit of dish soap
- Paper towels
- A kitchen cloth
Steps For Cleaning An Easy Bake Oven
Clean the various utensils that are used when you bake using the Easy-Bake oven. This includes the plastic spatula, as well as the metal baking pan and cupcake pan.
You can easily wash these by hand much like you wash your regular dishes: scraping them clean of any sticky residue first, then scrubbing them with a damp sponge and soapy water until squeaky clean, rinsing away the frothy suds, and drying completely with a clean, dry cloth.
Open the oven door and let’s clean the interior. The inside of your oven is the place where cleaning will be most needed.
For obvious reasons, the cake and cookie batter will often spill or rub against the interior of the oven and quickly cook through, leaving behind a sticky residue that can turn into nasty baked-on oven grime over time if you let it sit long enough.
So take a damp cloth and reach inside of the oven and wipe away any food residue that has gotten stuck to the interior walls.
Please be mindful that there is no need to take apart the oven to do this. In fact, it is outright discouraged as doing so will expose the delicate, and potentially dangerous, inner workings of the machine.
If you have a hard time getting to every corner inside the oven, you can use a clean spatula wrapped in some damp paper towels to reach further inside.
Now that you have gotten most of the visible food residues, it is time to clean with some warm soapy water.
The preferred ratio is 3 tablespoons of dish soap for every 1 cup of water. Also, use warm water for the best results.
Using another cloth or paper towel dampened with soapy water, wipe down the interior surfaces of the oven.
Make sure to use a damp towel, but never one that is soaking. Too much water inside the oven can increase the risk of some of it working its way into the electronic components and causing a short circuit. A little spritz and some elbow grease will make quick work of any stain.
This step may need to be repeated several times since baked batter is a rather sticky substance.
Once the interior of the oven is gunk-free, you will need to rinse out the soapy residue. To do this you will need to use another clean, damp cloth.
If the grime from your oven is really baked in you can make a natural oven cleaner with baking soda and water. Just mix until you have a coarse but delicate cleaning paste. Apply to a cloth and use the baking soda paste to start cleaning the oven interior until the stubborn stains are removed,
Now you will have to completely dry your oven before using it.
Use a dry kitchen cloth or microfiber to do so. You can also leave your Easy-Bake oven air drying overnight to be absolutely sure the job is done.
Cleaning your Easy-Bake oven is that simple.