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Old 06-08-2008, 12:04 AM   #1
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Self-clean oven or clean it yourself?

I have a 2 year old electric glass top stove. As I write this I am letting Easy Off do its work.

I'm a bit wary of self cleaning my oven. Whatever doesn't get turned into
dust gets really baked on, impossible to ever remove.

One thing I do is...line the bottom with aluminum foil. That's where all the
real junk gets deposited.

I can't really reach the area above the broiler element, so maybe I'll try
a complete burn off next time.


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Old 06-08-2008, 06:54 AM   #2
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My oven is self clean, but i must admit to always cleaning it totally manually ...

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Old 06-08-2008, 07:15 AM   #3
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Use the self cleaning-cycle! If it doesn't get all the crud off (I bet it will), use a longer cleaning cycle.

Easy-Off is why people buy self-cleaning ovens. That stuff is miserable. It smells, stains and is a dog to clean up.
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:38 AM   #4
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I am with Andy. Self cleaning is the way to go. Use a longer cycle if you find it is not working well. I have never had anything survive the self cleaning cycle.
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:59 AM   #5
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i have a self cleaning, but, i don't use it because i dont have a vent for the heat and smell. i clean mine also.
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:57 AM   #6
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Yea... self cleaning oven I give two thumbs up. All I do is wipe out the ashes. I guess in the grand scheme of things, cleaning an oven is just not that important to me anymore.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:36 AM   #7
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I was scared to death the first time I used the self-clean feature on my stove. I never had a self-cleaning oven before, and I didn't know what to expect. Scared the heck out of me as it really got HOT!
But, I like it. It works great!
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Old 06-08-2008, 12:41 PM   #8
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Before you clean it - remove everything on it and around it. As Pook says, it does get extremely hot.
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Old 06-08-2008, 12:42 PM   #9
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self clean! Easy as pie!
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:42 PM   #10
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Self-cleaning here, except I never leave my racks in. The instructions said not to leave the racks in during the self-cleaning cycle because it would dull them and they'd be hard to clean. I just pop the racks into a big black trash bag, spray with oven cleaner, seal the bag and let them stay there overnight.

The next day, I simply rinse them off and wash with hot soapy water. They look brand new after 10 years.

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