It’s easy to assume that self-cleaning ovens make life easier. However, the possible dangers outweigh the convenience. So if you’re tempted to run the self-clean feature of your oven, read this first.
Most people don’t realize that the extremely high temperatures that are required for the self-cleaning present a risk for your appliance. It is not uncommon to blow fuses or have circuit boards malfunction due to the self-cleaning process. Add to the scenario that people have a tendency to do this right before a major event (Thanksgiving or Grandma’s 80th birthday party) when repair companies are either closed or completely booked. Talk about stress!
What you really need to do is don some gloves and plan ahead to use a homemade oven cleaner.
Self Cleaning Ovens – Alternative Cleaning Methods
Before you get into a jam with an oven needing repair the morning of Thanksgiving, let’s explore safer options for cleaning your oven that don’t include the risk self-cleaning ovens pose.
Natural Oven Cleaner
One of the most popular methods of alternative methods for self-cleaning ovens is to use a natural oven cleaner. You probably have everything you need right in your pantry. Cleaning your oven naturally is not only safer for your oven, but it’s also safer for you. Instead of breathing in harmful fumes you’ll spare your lungs and introduce a fresh aroma into your kitchen.
Plan on letting the cleaner soak overnight and using some elbow grease in the morning. Here’s what you need to know:
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
- Long rubber gloves (optional, but preferred)
- Baking soda
- Coarse salt
- Liquid dish soap
- Bucket/bowl of water
- Spray bottle (optional, but preferred)
Step 2: Cover Interior in Natural Oven Cleaning Paste
- Start with a cool oven
- Remove racks and place into a bathtub (trust me, it’s easier this way)
- Mix a thick paste of baking soda, coarse salt, and liquid dish soap
Apply the paste by rubbing all over the interior of the oven, carefully avoiding the heating elements and light bulb. Have a cup of tea and get some sleep while the cleaner sits in the oven (this is the best part!)
Step 3: Wipe Out Paste & Grime
- Put on long rubber gloves
- Be mindful of staying away from the heating elements while cleaning
- Use a damp sponge to wipe away the paste, scrubbing where needed
- Continue to wipe, scrub, and rinse away the paste until the oven is completely clean
- Spray some vinegar to the oven interior, and wipe clean on last round to rid of any remaining paste residue
- Dry with paper towels
Store-Bought Oven Cleaner
If DIY oven cleaner isn’t your thing, you can also use a more natural store-bought cleaner for self-cleaning ovens. The cleaning process is similar:
- Spray oven cleaner all over oven interior, avoiding heating elements
- Let sit overnight if desired
- Rub and scrub cleaner in the morning with a damp sponge
- Rinse thoroughly
- Rinse again
- Use vinegar rinse or follow product recommendations
If your oven has extremely stubborn food particles or grease, you may need to repeat the cleaning process. Using more natural methods for self-cleaning ovens is still a better bet than the risk of using the cleaning feature. Chances are, one run-through of cleaning will do the trick and get you back to baking!
If your oven is still in need of service or repair, book an appointment before you get caught cold-turkey on Thanksgiving or another big holiday! Contact Dave Smith Appliance Services today!