When to self-clean your oven
Some homeowners aren’t sure when to use the self-cleaning oven or how frequently. “A homeowner may need to clean their oven when there are spills on the bottom or sides of the oven,” says Joann Green, who owns Automatic Appliance Service Inc. in Framingham, Massachusetts along with her husband Jim. “Odors or soil can build up in the oven cavity after cooking.” This is when it’s best to utilize the self-clean option.
The frequency of self-cleaning depends upon usage
How often you should clean your self-cleaning oven depends on usage, says Green. “[Think about] what is being cooked and how often. It is important to keep your oven free of food buildup and/or grease for best performance. Baked-on soils can make smells drift onto other foods and could cause excess smoking in the range while cooking. Soil buildup could also make unpleasant odors come from your range when the door is opened even while not cooking.” But you don’t have to use the self-clean feature for every little spill. To keep your oven clean on a regular basis, you could “skip the self-clean cycle and wipe down the oven by hand with hot, soapy water and a plastic scrub pad,” recommends Consumer Reports. These are the 11 ways you could be cleaning your kitchen wrong.