So you have an oven with the self cleaning feature but you don’t know what it is or how it even works.

If you have an oven with a self cleaning feature and you don’t know how to use it, you’re not alone. I have way too many clients that don’t know how to use this feature so I decided to share the breakdown.

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How does oven self cleaning work?

The oven is about to get hot, and I mean really hot! Self cleaning ovens heat to around 500 degrees C or 900 degrees F. At this temperature all Grease build up will be burnt until it turns to ashes. Unfortunately the oven does not self clean the ashes so after the process you will have to manually wipe these out. Don’t be discouraged though, oven self cleaning is awesome!

Before you start, VENTILATE!

Typically this only has to mean turning the fan above your stove on. If your oven is extra greasy, you’re going to want to turn on some ceiling fans and possibly open some windows. I will warn you, sometimes ovens with lots of buildup tend to get a little smelly and smoky. Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with your oven if this happens. It just mean the oven is doing it’s job, really well! If extra heavy buildup is the case with your oven maybe plan on doing yard work for the day to get you out of the house away from the smell and smoke. Again, don’t be discouraged by that if your oven is that bad, it needs cleaned and you want to clean it!

#1 Approach your oven and prepare to be amazed

This is like magic. Get ready to see all the gross grease buildup disappear before your very eyes.

#2 Hit the “Self Cleaning” button located on the touchpad near the ovens temperature adjustment buttons

Sometimes it can be a little difficult to find in the 4-8 buttons on the touchpad. If you see the button you have self cleaning, if you don’t see it, that means your oven doesn’t have this feature. If your oven doesn’t have self cleaning, it’s a sad day and you’re going to have to clean the oven the old fashioned way.

#3 Adjust the amount of time you want self-cleaning to take

Depending on how dirty your oven is you might want to adjust this up or down. The average oven that hasn’t been self cleaned in a year will need about 3 hours. If the oven isn’t that bad adjust this to 2 hours. If the oven is very dirty with lots of Grease buildup adjust this to 4 hours.

#4 Hit the button that follows along the lines of “Start”

Different ovens have different ways to initiate the self-cleaning to begin. Most ovens are very self explanatory as long as you look over the buttons they have given you. If no button tends to stick out try hitting the “Self Clean” button again.

#5 Lock the oven door

This step must be followed for all self clean ovens. Look for a lever to the top of the door or a button on the touchpad. Many self-cleaning ovens will even lock themselves after completing step #4. If you don’t see a oven lock lever or button this is probably the case with your oven.

Once your oven is clean and cooled down, wipe it out!

Before wiping the oven out, make sure the oven is completely cooled down as surfaces may be hot even after the oven unlocks. What we use to wipe the ashes out is a microfiber cloth but any rag or paper towel will do. Sometimes for the sake of ease we even use a vacuum. Be careful while using this method as some vacuums warn you not to vacuum ashes.

To cancel self-cleaning in the middle of it’s process just hit the “Cancel” button

If for any reason you would like to cancel your ovens self cleaning mode just hit the “Cancel” button located on the oven touchpad. If you do not see a “Cancel” button look for a “Stop Timer” button.

That’s it, you now know how to activate your ovens self cleaning mode.

Sit back, relax, and watch the magic happen as your oven goes from greasy and gross to shiny and like new.

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