How to Clean a Self-Cleaning Oven

Woman-smiling-in-clean-kitchenThough self-cleaning ovens are technically “self-cleaning,” they do still require a bit of work on your part. If you notice that your self-cleaning oven isn’t looking as clean as it used to, with too much stuck on food and spills, follow this simple, step-by-step guide to get it looking great again. All you’ll need is a pair of rubber gloves, a cloth, a scraper and a small dustpan, and you’re ready to begin.

Before you start cleaning

Choose a time when your kitchen is least likely to be active, as the cleaning process takes several hours. Turn on the oven hood exhaust fan and open the kitchen windows, as your oven may release unpleasant fumes while it’s self-cleaning.

You should also keep any children and pets away from the kitchen. Pet birds are especially susceptible to some of the fumes, so be sure to keep them in another room.

Preparing the oven

Next, remove the oven racks and place them into some warm water in the sink. After letting them soak for a while, simply scrub them clean with a bit of dish soap and a scraper if needed.

As for your oven, you should check to see if there are any big spills or messes. If there are, you might want to do some light and gentle cleaning with a damp cloth to make the self-cleaning process easier.

Kenmore-self-cleaning-ovenStart the self-cleaning process

When your oven starts self-cleaning, the door should automatically lock. It will then heat to over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This process can take around 3 hours, and might even take as long as 5 or 6. When your oven’s done cleaning, it will cool down and the oven door will unlock.

Finishing up

When you open your oven after it has finished self-cleaning, you will likely see a pile of ashes on the bottom. Just brush them into a dustpan and toss them away. You can then wipe down the interior of your oven with a damp cloth and put back the clean oven racks.

To make the self-cleaning process as effective as possible, wipe up any big spills and messes as soon as they happen. Make it a habit to clean the inside of your oven with a damp cloth every once in a while and when you do run the self-cleaning process your oven should come out looking good as new.

-Eva Kurilova

 

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