Cleaning is considered a chore for a reason. Many of us do not enjoy the work and mess that comes with cleaning our homes.

And of all the cleaning jobs found in the home, cleaning the oven can be particularly unappealing. Tough stains and built up grease can make this lengthy and arduous job.

Luckily there are a number of products that can help make the process easier. And these include some basic ingredients found in many of our kitchens already.

Baqir Khan, cleaning expert and owner of Proactive Cleaners, spoke with about the best ways to clean an oven. He advised using vinegar and baking soda to tackle “stubborn stains”.

He said: “You can properly clean your oven with common kitchen cabinet basics like vinegar and baking soda.

“Baking soda may be used to dissolve grease and filth when combined with water to make a paste, while vinegar’s acidity can aid the removal of stubborn stains.”

These can actually work better than specialist products you might buy in a shop.

“Instead of the harsh chemicals used in many commercial oven cleansers, these natural substances function wonderfully,” he added.

Baqir shared the best way to utilise vinegar and baking soda for the oven.

“When cleaning your oven, start by removing the racks and soaking them in warm, soapy water,” he said.

“Create a paste using baking soda and water, apply it to the interior surfaces, and let it sit overnight.

“The next day, wipe away the baking soda paste using a damp cloth or sponge.

“Use a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle to remove any remaining residue and wipe it clean. Lastly, reinsert the racks.”

If you don’t have vinegar or baking soda to hand there are other solutions you can try.

Baqir continued: “Effective oven cleaning may be achieved with products other than vinegar and baking soda, such as lemon juice, dish soap, and commercial oven cleaners made for self-cleaning ovens.

“The acidity of lemon juice helps cut through oil, while dish soap can assist in loosening stubborn stains.

“As directed by the manufacturer, use a professional oven cleaner designed especially for self-cleaning ovens.”

He warned against using certain products for oven cleaning.

“Steer clear of strong chemicals or abrasive products like steel wool that might harm the oven’s surfaces,” Baqir said.

“Additionally, exercise caution when using a lot of water near the heating components as this might lead to malfunctions or damage.

“To avoid burns or injuries, make sure the oven has fully cooled before beginning the cleaning procedure.”