How does a self cleaning oven work?

How does a self cleaning oven work?
How does a self cleaning oven work?

How does a self cleaning oven work?

If you’re like me, your oven is a mess. It’s covered in food splatters, there are crumbs all over the floor and the racks are dusty and greasy. The whole thing just feels gross! If you want to know how to clean an oven, I’ve got some tips for you.

Oven Cleaning

In order to keep your oven in working order and prevent food from sticking, it’s a good idea to clean it regularly. You can do this using an oven cleaner, or you can use your own method of choice.

If you’re not sure how to clean an oven, there are several ways that you can go about doing so. One way is by using a traditional sink with hot water and soap followed by drying off any excess water with a towel before letting it air out for 20 minutes or so (this will help prevent mold growth). Or another option is using baking soda as a cleanser followed by vinegar as a rinse agent after scrubbing away at areas where grime has accumulated on surfaces inside of your appliance—this combination works particularly well on stainless steel surfaces which may have become discolored over time due to frequent usage under high temperatures (and also happens when left uncleaned for too long!).

Self Cleaning

Self-cleaning is a feature that lets you clean your oven without the use of any harsh chemicals. It uses high temperature and forced air to remove baked on food particles, but it can take several hours to complete. If you want to do this yourself, here’s how:

  • Preheat the oven (with no food inside) to 500 degrees F for one hour before using self-clean mode.
  • Open the door and let it cool down for 30 minutes before starting this process.
  • Set your timer for 2 hours (or whatever time works best for you), then press “Clean” on your control panel or follow its instructions if there are other options available such as Custom Clean or Deodorize Mode (your model may differ from mine). Then simply wait until your oven has finished cleaning itself!

How It Works

The self-cleaning mode is a cycle that uses high temperatures to burn off grease and grime. The oven heats up to 500°F and then sprays the interior with water under high pressure. This allows it to clean much faster than if you did it manually! After a few minutes, the oven cools down again and repeats this process until it’s done cleaning.

The Manual Method

Before you start, make sure to unplug the appliance.

To clean your oven manually:

  • Clean the racks and bins. Wipe them with a damp cloth and a little bit of mild detergent to get rid of spills and splatters. If they’re really dirty, spray them with all-purpose cleaner (or baking soda) and scrub away any stuck-on food or grease with an abrasive sponge or steel wool pad. Let it soak in for 20 minutes before you wipe it off completely dry with a clean towel. You can also use special cleaners like Bar Keepers Friend if needed!
  • Clean around the door seals and door latch/hinge area too! Be careful not to spray liquid directly onto these areas as they are sensitive electronics that might short out from water damage.*

Some FAQs

  • Can you clean an oven with vinegar?

Yes, but it’s not the best option. While vinegar will work to help loosen grease and grime, it does not have the power to eliminate stains or break down any stuck-on food. You’ll need something stronger for that.

  • Can you clean an oven with baking soda?

Baking soda is one of the most versatile cleaning products—it can be used as a scrubber, freshener and more! That being said, it doesn’t stand up well to tough stains like burnt-on grease or spilled sauces. If your goal is to get rid of these types of messes ASAP (instead of coming back later), then baking soda probably won’t cut it by itself. But if you’re looking for something natural and safe that will neutralize odors while leaving behind a fresh scent—look no further than this miracle ingredient!

Maintain a clean oven the easy way or use these tips to help clean it manually.

  • Clean your oven regularly. The best way to keep a clean oven is to maintain it regularly. You can do so by cleaning it once a month with a soft brush and soap, or use self-cleaning mode at least once every six months to eliminate the need for manual cleaning altogether.
  • Use self-cleaning mode. You should never use harsh chemicals on an oven because they can leave toxic residue behind and compromise the safety of your food (and yourself). Instead, use self-cleaning mode as often as possible—this will get rid of any grease that has built up on the walls of your oven without having to scrub them manually or using chemicals! (For more information on how this works, check out our section above.)
  • Use these tips: If you don’t want to bother with using self-cleaning mode all the time but still want an easy way out when it comes time for manual maintenance, consider following these simple steps:


There you have it! A brief overview of how a self cleaning oven works and when you might want to use one. If you have any questions about using this feature, feel free to reach out in our comment section below. We’d be happy to answer them for ya!