Some tips to efficiently clean a self-cleaning oven
You’ve just gifted yourself a 30-inch double oven and you went on a binge baking spree trying out all the new cake and rib recipes that you were dying to make. And as expected, you are left with an oven that looks like it could take a manual scrub job. However, you oven comes with a self-cleaning function that allows you to keep it working in prime form without getting grease on your elbows.
The caveat is that some experts warn against using the self-cleaning function or using it excessively to be more precise. These self-cleaning cycles run at extreme temperatures and can very well fry the fuse if you overdo it. That makes it sound like a risky thing to try. But if you read the manuals carefully, then there is no reason why you would end up with a damaged oven.
As a rule of thumb, here’s a standard cleaning procedure that is followed while cleaning self-cleaning ovens.
Empty it completely
The first step is to empty the oven completely. Remove any racks and other removable components from the oven. Now rinse these in the sink with water. If there’s too much grease on the racks, you can use an oven cleaner to remove it off the surface. Any foil should be disposed. Now, you can choose to keep the racks in the oven during the cleaning cycle or you can choose to remove it. If you plan to keep it inside the oven then applying some vegetable oil on the racks will restore some of the luster that it had when it was new and shiny. That’s a DIY hack for you.
Activate the self-cleaning cycle
As we said before, the self-cleaning cycle will run at almost 1000 degrees or more for almost three hours. Your oven will be incredibly hot during this time and it is recommended that you do not run this cycle during the day in summers. It will put your air-conditioning system under a lot of pressure. Run it late at night. You will see a lot of smoke as the grime and grease are torched into ash. It is completely normal though.
After the cleaning cycle
Your oven will take a couple of hours to cool down completely. Start off by cleaning the seals and the door of the oven which will be untouched by the self-cleaning mode. Usually, the oven cleaner and a damp cloth are sufficient to remove dirt and debris build up from these parts. But if it doesn’t work, you can always use hydrogen peroxide. Now wipe and remove all the ash inside the oven with a clean cloth.
That’s it. You have just cleaned your self-clean oven.
A self-cleaning oven is not an excuse for skimming regular maintenance. Periodic maintenance if any, can help you reduce all the sputter and smoke that you hear during these self-cleaning cycles and also reduce the frequency in which you use it.
If there are any spills in the oven, wipe it with a cloth and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals and always ensure that you keep the racks clean.