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Old 03-03-2006, 07:48 AM   #1
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How do I clean oil out of my self cleaning oven?

Actually in the valley, lol - so - put my oven on self-clean yesterday, came back into the kitchen about a half hour later, and the bottom of the oven had a nice little campfire going. I seem to remember tipping a pan of roasting veggies that had olive oil on them about a week ago when I was removing the pan; that's probably what started it!

My question is what can I use to get the oil off the bottom of the oven so I can continue on with the self-cleaning cycle? I think I remember you're not supposed to use heavy cleaners with a self-clean oven, but not sure. Help! TIA!

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Old 03-03-2006, 07:51 AM   #2
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there is a oven spray cleaner out now for self cleaning ovens. It's safe to use, I have used it several times when I don't want to go through the self cleaning process.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:17 AM   #3
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Marmalady, I don't have a self-cleaning oven, but I prefer using steam rather than chemicals and abrasives. There are some great steamers out there that accomplish a multitude of tasks.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:35 AM   #4
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If you can handle the smoke, just use the self cleaning cycle to clean it. You may have to run a longer cycle.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:41 AM   #5
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Mish - never thought of the steamer! DH bought one of those, and I just laughed at first, called it a 'guy' thing - but it does do great work, especially on the little corners in the kitchen cabinets!

Andy, the smoke wouldn't bother me, I have a pretty good hood/fan, but was a little concerned about the flames!!!
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:46 AM   #6
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Don't worry about the flames. They're inside an oven. The self cleaning cycle gets the oven up to around 900 F. A few flames won't make a difference.
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Old 03-03-2006, 12:29 PM   #7
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Yep.. just let them burn away.

I always put a layer of tin foil on the bottom of my oven to catch
the liquids that fall. I remove it before cleaning ...or before guests comeover...
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Old 04-10-2006, 03:10 PM   #8
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I like to wipe up any big messes before I use the self-cleaning cycle. My house is old and I don't have an exhaust fan/hood. So I simply spray with something like 409, let soak for a bit, wipe up the worst part of it, then run the cleaning cycle. Otherwise the smell and smoke would drive us out of the house.

OK, now for another question. I leave my oven racks in and let the oven clean them. They don't look pretty, but I'm all for saving on the scrubbing. Unfortunately, this makes it so that they don't slide in and out as smoothly as they could. Is there anything to spray on the edges so they slide in and out better? WD40?
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Old 04-10-2006, 03:18 PM   #9
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I don't think I would use WD40 in my oven Clair, but try some cooking oil wiped on the rack tracks maybe. Not sure how long it would last, but it might be worth a shot.
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My operating manual tells me to wipe the tracks with a light coating of cooking oil. It lasts until the next cleaning.
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