These easy steps will making cleaning an oven as hassle-free as possible.

By Brandi Broxson
August 22, 2018
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Don't let cleaning your oven and oven racks loom over your head as an intimidating project–it's a chore that can actually be taken care of in a short amount of time with three easy steps. We talked to an expert to get the lowdown on how to clean ovens as efficiently as possible, and it's a strategy that anyone–cleaning master to cleaning amateur–can use. Whether you're doing an entire kitchen clean up or just focusing on this one area, the task won't feel as daunting with this expert advice.

First, you should rub half a lemon on the bottom of the oven where food may have spilled and hardened, says Debra Johnson, a home cleaning expert at Merry Maids. After that, preheat your oven to 250°F and place a medium-size, oven-safe glass mixing bowl filled with water and four more lemon halves on the top oven rack. Close the door.

As the water heats up, the resulting steam will help soften any stubborn stuck-on gunk. Wait an hour, then turn off the oven, open the door, and allow the oven to cool down enough to touch. Once it's cool enough, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down the door and inside–like this pack of 24 for $13 on Amazon.

Still seeing some of those stubborn spots? Gently rub them with a wet scouring pumice, which you can get for $4 at retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond. That's all it takes! Now that your oven is spick and span, it's time to move onto cleaning the Keurig...