Help With A SELF CLEANING OVEN

@EvrWonder (3577)
Canada
January 8, 2009 10:48pm CST
Have you ever had or used a self cleaning oven? If so, have you ever manually cleaned it? How did that work out? Have you ever let the oven clean itself? How well did it work out in reference to cleanliness? Did you have to do any further cleaning inside the oven afterward, by hand? Does manually cleaning a self cleaning oven, reck it? When using the self cleaning option, does everything bake off or are there remnants of black spots or grease or oil spots anywhere?
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4 responses
• United States
9 Jan 09
lol...it is so funny that you should ask this tonight of all nights! earlier today i was cleaning, and going through one of my "anal" phases where i had qtips and was cleaning in the vents and such. lol- doesn't happen often, believe me! well, i noticed how dirty the inside of the oven door was, so i sprayed some windex on it and it didn't really do anything. i happened to be on the phone with my mom at the time, so i asked her, and she told me that she usually just sets the oven to clean. i had forgotten all about that option, but asked her how to do it because i never have before! :) (turns out it's easy- you just push the button). so i did it, and 4 1/2 hours later it was clean. it looks pretty good, too. i guess what it does it get super hot, hotter than when you bake in it, and the grime and stuff flakes off and is like ashes on the bottom, and you just clean them up when it's done. supposedly my hubby informed me after the fact that you are supposed to take the racks out while it's cleaning, but i didn't know this. lol nothing got ruined or anything- just an fyi! good luck!
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
Lol, thanks a bunch. I did my first self cleaning oven today too and I did take the racks out. It got super hot alright. Wow. The oven wasn't that dirty so I was wondering about if it was really dirty would it get it all, especially on the door etc. From your post, I assume that it does get it all clean again. I have another one to do and it is really really bad inside. So is why I am asking this because I am wondering that if the self clean doesn't get it all, will I hurt the oven if I take a scrub to it? On the door especially? I am anxious to do the next one now. Sweet. Thanks very much for your response. Oh and I know what you mean about the anal phases. Thanks again.
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@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
10 Jan 09
My oven is a self-cleaning oven, and I absoluetly love it. I have never tried to use a store bought oven cleaner because the self-cleaning aspect of it works so well. All I eve have to do after the cleaning process is to let it cool and wipe it out wuth a damp rag. The oven gets very clean this way. The only downsides I can think of are the initial smell, it can get pretty stinky and smokey when it first starts, as the debris inside is being burnt to ashes, and you obviously cannot use ut while it is cleaning and it can take anywhere from 3 hours to 6 hours depending on what setting you put it on. The only places that don't get really clean are where the door closes. That area doesn't clean very well. I am not sure if using a store bought cleaner will harm it or not because I have not tried it, but I would read both the product label and the oven's owner's manual to find out before using it, just to be safe.
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
Good point to always read the manual. Too bad that at my end, the manual wasn't handy. I was wondering the same thing but as eeyore mentioned, the manually cleaning can not harm a self cleaning over because it is the heat processes that does the job in a self cleaning oven. It does get smoky. Doors and windows had to be wide open. It was said that no one should be in the house at the time, due to the smoke but I was very reluctant to leave the oven when it was cleaning. Thank you for your response.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
10 Jan 09
I have had a self-cleaning oven for two years now. I haven't used the self-clean feature, and still do it by hand. Call me crazy but I don't like the idea of the oven temps getting that high for so long. All I can see it doing is raising the electric bill to astronomical proportions. My ex Mom in law had one and used it all the time. It worked pretty slick, and all that was left was a little bit of black powdery stuff lying on the bottom. I don't recall there ever being anything oily or greasy, as that gets burnt up in the cleaning process. I think the only thing she ever did at the end of the cycle was to take a damp cloth to the bottom and it was all done and ready to go again...no racks to wipe down, etc.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
Thank you for your response. I imagine the high temp for a long period may increase the power bill. Good point! I never thought about that. Thanks again for stopping by.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
Re: Racks. I was told to remove the racks before doing a self cleaning because if you don't, the high temp will discolor them. Turns them a bluish color.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
12 Jan 09
Never thought about that with the racks! I got out my oven manual and (duh) it says the same thing right there. Thanks for the heads up on that part. (hehehe, and that explains why my ex's mom has blued looking racks lol)
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
10 Jan 09
You've probably gotten your answer by now however, I will tell you about my experience. Self cleaning ovens are wonderful!! I love them!! What it does is, it heats up your oven to, I believe, 500 degrees and cooks anything that's left in the oven till it's crisp and black. When it's finished and the oven has cooled, all you have to do is use a wet cloth to wipe it out clean. Everything is burnt to a crisp that it's so easy to just wipe out. Now while the oven is on, you'll need to lock the door so it can not be opened. It's very dangerous to open the door while at that temperature. Another thing, only do it in the winter time because it heats up your house so much that it'll run you out of there if turned on in the summer whereas, in the winter, you're heating your home instead of competeing with the air conditioner. We learned that valuable lesson the first time we ever used the self cleaning oven and never again will we do that again! lol
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
Lol, I guess. I know it gets super hot alright. Smoky too. Thank you very much for stopping by and responding.