Clean the knobs on your oven with this simple technique

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Cleaning your cooker and oven seems an endless and thankless task! Firstly there is the inside of the oven, which can quickly end up in a state of filth (and don’t talk to us about the hob, which gets covered in greasy splatters). Then you have the glass panes that seem to have a particular talent for getting greasy (sometimes even inside the glass pane) and the surface of the cooker itself, which requires infinite patience and a good dose of elbow grease in order to keep it looking respectable (and worthy of being used to cook food!) And if all of that wasn’t enough, dirt can also get stuck in the oven knobs. However, it is in fact very easy to clean the knobs on your oven, and we are going to prove it to you today! 

What you need:

  • A spray flask containing white vinegar (or a mixture of water and vinegar)
  • A sponge
  • A bowl
  • Optional: bicarbonate of soda

If you don’t have any white vinegar, use some soapy water that is nice and hot, but not so hot as to burn you, of course.


1) Remove the buttons with a firm pull, but be careful not to break them. Make sure not to lose any small pieces (such as springs, etc.). Put them in a bowl full of vinegar (or soapy water).

2) Spray the vinegar to the area that was underneath the buttons, and leave it to work for 30 seconds. It doesn’t matter if it runs.

3) Scrub everything with your sponge. If all the dirt doesn’t come off immediately, add some bicarbonate of soda to your sponge and use it to scrub.

4) Now look after the buttons. Scrub them as you did with the cooker itself and leave them to dry (or carefully dry them with a tea towel). Once they are fully dry, you can put them back in place. Hard to get any easier!


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