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Get a Head Start on Deep Cleaning Your Apartment Home By Tackling Your Oven, First!

It’s not unfair for us to say that living at The Heights at La Salle Apartments in Durham, North Carolina is the best! To further improve your daily routine, here are some lifestyle-enhancing tips that will help you revamp your normal way of life in a variety of ways.

One way to revamp your normal way of life is to remain diligent in a cleaning routine. If you cook at home multiple times per week, you’re already well aware that nothing is worse than opening your oven door and seeing old, baked-on spills and dirty oven walls. Make your cooking process cleaner and more enjoyable by giving your oven a worthwhile cleaning. Here are some suggestions to start the process, based on the type of oven you have in your apartment home!

All Ovens

No matter which type of oven you own, you can bet it will benefit from a thorough washing of its racks. Using rubber gloves to protect your hands, remove the racks and soak them in hot, soapy water. Adding a handful of dishwasher powder to the soaking water helps loosen all the burned-on bits. Not sure where to do all this cleaning? A great place to do this is in your bathtub but be sure to line it first with towels to prevent scratching of the tub surface.

Self-Cleaning Ovens

If your oven is a self-cleaning oven, follow the directions established by the appliance manufacturer for cleaning your oven. Generally, you will need to set your oven to the clean cycle, which locks the door. The cleaning cycle usually takes several hours. Then, when the oven has cooled again, use a sponge or washcloth to wipe up the remaining residue. Remember, never use oven cleaner on a self-cleaning oven!

Non-Self-Cleaning Ovens

A simple trick to get spills and stains to come up easily is to place 1/2 cup of ammonia into a small glass bowl. Place the bowl in a cool oven, close the oven door, and leave the bowl in the oven overnight to loosen baked-on spills. Alternatively, you can use oven cleaner, following the directions on the bottle. Then use a sponge or washcloth and a solution of 1/2 cup vinegar to 1/2 cup hot water. Rub away any spills or greasy stains. Dry with a soft cloth.

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