Halogen ovens are a great cooking appliance. They cook faster than conventional ovens, are more energy efficient, and do not take up a lot of space. And as with other appliances, it’s essential to clean and maintain your halogen oven to keep it running at its optimum level and prolong its life. Cleaning also rids it of harmful bacteria and ensures high hygiene standards. While most halogen ovens have a self-cleaning feature, it cannot clean every part. Therefore, it’s still important to know how to clean the unit.

Cleaning Requirements

You will need the following materials when cleaning your halogen oven:

  • Clean cloths
  • Glass bowl
  • Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Kitchen Cleaning Spray
  • Dishwasher
How To Properly Clean And Maintain A Halogen Oven

    1. Self-Cleaning

The first step is to make use of the self-cleaning feature. This is one of the main advantages of the modern halogen ovens and can eliminate a great deal of the hassle, making your job a bit easier. You will need a glass bowl and hot water, and the process is quite easy.

  • Pour some hot water into the glass bowl, ensuring it’s not above 2 inches of the bowl to avoid spillage
  • Set the self-cleaning mode
  • Allow the oven to clean for about 10 to 15 minutes
  • Turn off the self-cleaner

Although the self-cleaning feature is quite effective, it’s still important to go a step further just to ensure the whole unit is sparkling.

    2. Clean the Interior

Since the oven has already self-cleaned, this step is quite simple.

  • Start by removing the bowl of water
  • Apply the kitchen cleaning spray to the interior of the oven, especially where you notice some debris
  • Wipe using a clean soft cloth. Avoid using anything abrasive to avoid scratching the oven surface
  • Use the paper towels to dry the liquid

By the end of the process, your halogen oven’s interior should be sparkling.

    3. Clean the Exterior

The self-cleaning feature does not clean the exterior surface. This means that you have to clean it manually. However, this surface does not get a lot of dirt, and hence, requires little cleaning.

  • Spray the kitchen cleaning spray on the surface
  • Using a clean cloth, clean the back and underside carefully. Also, remember to clean the rack of the oven
  • Use paper cloth to dry any liquid left

    4. Clean the Lid

The lid of the halogen oven is the part that is most likely to get dirtiest as it usually receives a lot of food splashes. Therefore, it needs some thorough cleaning. However, you need to handle it very carefully because it is also the part that contains all the electrical components that produce the heat needed for cooking. This also means that you cannot immerse the entire lid in water. 

  • Put hot water in a glass bowl
  • Apply the kitchen cleaning spray on the lid surface
  • Use a clean cloth to thoroughly clean the lid, without messing with the electrical elements
  • Dry with a paper cloth

Some halogen models, however, allow you to separate the electrical components to make cleaning easy. If you have such a model, start by disconnecting the elements. This will allow you to clean the lid in a dishwasher or the sink. Once it’s clean, ensure it’s completely dry before you connect the electrical components and put it back on the oven. 

Cleaning and maintaining your halogen oven will increase its performance and prolong its lifespan. However, it’s also important to ensure that you buy the best halogen oven to enjoy the benefits of this modern technology. Check out this guide by Report King for the best halogen ovens as well as more useful information on halogen ovens.

(Last Updated On: March 11, 2021)

Annalise O'Conner is a Registered Dietitian and Personalized Nutritionist. She is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching nutrition in the School of Public Health and APAN (Asian Pacific Islander American Network) Email: annalise@ehomeremedies.com

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