I was scared of using my self-cleaning oven.
But I was even more scared of someone seeing the inside of it.
When I created the Kitchen Cleaning Checklist last week, I knew it was time to take the leap and figure out how to use a self-cleaning oven.
It was easy. Not magic, but easy. First of all, I would advise that you read over your oven’s instruction manual. I had no idea where mine was, so I didn’t. But I did remember my own mother using hers, so I went for it.
Yes, it’s a little scary. Yes, I warned my kids that the oven was cleaning itself and not to get too close.
Basically, it works like this: The oven gets crazy-hot and burns up all of the dirtiness. My oven, my mother’s oven, and I would hope ALL ovens . . . require that the oven is locked in order for the cleaning feature to be used. It then stays locked (it won’t LET you unlock it) until it has cooled down after cleaning. (I learned from you in the comments that I should have removed the racks before cleaning!)
That picture above was my oven before I cleaned it.
After three hours on the clean cycle, and about 45 minutes of cooling time, it looked like this:
Yes. Those are ashes.
Here was the inside of the door prior to cleaning:
And after self-cleaning:
BIG difference. But not quite done.
After it was cooled completely (FINE, after a few days . . . ), I used an egg-turner to move all the ashes together and then wiped out the oven.
It didn’t take much effort to wipe it out.
And I do believe it was worth it:
Quite a big difference, don’t you think?
Very little effort is required. I just turned on the clean feature, locked it and three hours later it was done.
Oven Cleaner is known for being one of the most horrible chemical cleaners out there. Using the self-cleaning feature meant I didn’t have to use any chemicals.
Although I rarely thought about the state of my oven unless a guest used it . . . I’m amazed at how striking the difference is.
That kind of heat is scary. I probably wouldn’t want to leave the house while it was going. (And again, read your instruction manual!)
Although there isn’t a chemical smell, you can definitely smell the burning off of the what-used-to-be-food. Might be difficult for someone with breathing issues.
How do you clean your oven? How often?
Daily in December daily checklist update: It’s Tuesday and I was gone ALL day. I didn’t feel like doing ANY of my checklist tonight, but did clean the kitchen, start the dishwasher, swept the kitchen, checked bathrooms for clutter, closed the cabinet door and did a mini-pick-up. Mini is in comparison to a 5 minute one, so not much.