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Tips for making your oven sparkle and shine

Your oven probably needs a little TLC to get it sparkling clean.

Spring cleaning – although ultimately beneficial to your home and your health – can be intimidating for people who suffer from allergies and asthma. Wiping, dusting and vacuuming can stir up allergens such as dust, mold and pet dander, which is why it's a good idea to wear a respirator mask during the process to prevent these irritants from getting into your lungs. 

Once you're ready to get your spring cleaning going, you'll want to give specific focus to certain areas of the home. In the kitchen, there are a number of appliances that probably need at least a little bit of TLC to get them sparkling clean again, and one of them is your oven. And, while some people have self-cleaning ovens that do all the work for them, you may not be so fortunate, so pay special attention to these different aspects of your appliance: 

Interior and exterior part of the door - There are special cleaning sprays that you can use to help break up grease and food on the door of your oven. You may want to let it sit overnight before wiping it down. Also, it's important to make sure you're only using a product that can specifically be used for this appliance. 

Oven racks – This is the time to make sure you remove the pieces of lasagna that dripped onto the rack that give off an awful odor whenever you cook anything. In fact, burnt food inside an oven can even end up causing a fire. You can remove large chunks of food with a plastic spatula and then soak the racks in a mixture of hot water and dishwater soap to loosen up the rest of the debris.

Remember, there are certain cleaning products that people with allergies can use that won't aggravate their symptoms, so you may want to consider investing in some of them.

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