When was the last time you cleaned your OTG? Has it been months? Maybe years? Maybe never...? No judgement, we've all put things off before. But remember, your OTG bakes, toasts, and grills for you - so when it's covering 3 appliances worth of functions, that's also how much of a cleaning it requires. The process is a bit tedious, but also therapeutic.
Get your oven from splattered to spotless, here's how...
1. Before anything at all - unplug the OTG.
Your safety is of utmost importance. Don't attempt to clean with your appliance plugged in, we want to prevent any and every kind of accident. Unplug, and ensure your OTG has cooled down before beginning.
2. Disassemble all the removable parts.
Take off the tray, the racks and other detachables. Focus on cleaning the accessories separately so "cleaning your OTG" doesn't seem as overwhelming of a task.
3. Soak the detachables.
The trays and racks you removed, may possibly have grease on them. Soak them in soapy water so it's easier to scrub it off.
4. Multitask by brushing crumbs off.
Your trays and racks need to soak for at least 20 minutes before you get scrubbing. Utilise those 20 minutes by brushing any crumbs off of your OTG. Do so with a dry cloth. For any crumbs in corners, use a pastry brush or a small cleaning brush for easier access.
#BorosilTip: Use an old toothbrush if you don't have specific cleaning equipment!
5. Begin cleaning the inside.
Your OTG isn't as intimidating to clean now with all its removable parts detached. Create a concoction of 1/2 cup hot water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. If you don't have vinegar on hand, you can also use 2 tablespoons of dish soap.
Dampen a cloth in the mixture (make sure it's not dripping), and wipe down the concave surfaces. Clean the ceiling and the walls while being mindful of any heating elements. If your OTG has a convection fan, any water or soap seeping in can possibly cause damage. So clean the inside slowly and cautiously.
6. Tackle stubborn grease.
If it's been a while since you cleaned your OTG, you're sure to have some burnt-on grease. Make a paste with baking soda and water, and apply it to the grease stains. Scrub on top of it using a toothbrush or a sponge, and the stains should be tackled!
7. Clean the door and the outside.
Use the previously made concoction again. Dampen a cloth or a sponge, and gently wipe down the door and the sides. They should be easily cleaned!
8. Don't forget the control panel.
The knobs or buttons can get dirty and grimy too. Gently and carefully clean around them with a damp cloth, or a toothbrush if it's gotten really mucky.
9. Revisit the soaked accessories.
With everything else out of the way, rinse the soaked accessories. If there was any grime on it, it'll easily get cleaned off. Wipe the cleaned racks and trays with a dry cloth.
The door, the outside, the buttons, the interiors, and the accessories are now squeaky clean and dry. Re-assemble all the parts together (just the racks and the trays, really) and there you have it, your OTG - as good as new!
#BorosilTip: A little cleaning goes a long way, so wipe down the door and the outside regularly, and brush off crumbs after every use on the inside. By doing so, you'll take lesser time when you deep-clean next.