Do you have a hint for cleaning the vents on the oven door that are behind the handle? I have tried small paint brushes, Q-Tips, toothbrushes, and it never looks clean. Wondered if your vinegar trick from window tracks might work. Any more ideas?
Oh, I hadn’t ever thought of using a small paint brush to clean in between tight areas. That’s a great idea! But before we talk about how to clean the vents behind the oven door handle, let’s discuss what exactly is on the vents. Here is a picture of mine, which I’ve never cleaned. I moved into my place 8 months ago, so it’s been at least that long, most likely much longer since they’ve had a good wash.
As you can see, they are filled with dust along with some dried on food particles. Determining what is on your vents, and I imagine they are similar to those pictured above, will help you decide on a cleaning solution. A paper towel wrapped around a knife and dipped in hot soapy water worked like a charm to remove the dust and food off of mine! This is the perfect option if there also happens to be grease build-up. Anna’s vinegar trick from window tracks (use a Q-tip dipped in vinegar then wipe with a paper towel) would also work great! Or how about using a can of compressed air?
The Paper Towel Butter Knife Method
Tear about 1/4 of a piece of paper towel off, immerse it in hot soapy water and ring it out. Then wrap it around the top half of a butter knife.
Slide it across the slats of the vents behind the oven door handle. Try to push dust and food from the back to the front.
Replace with a clean, wet paper towel as necessary!
And enjoy your clean oven vents! It’s all in the details, right?!
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