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What is a Self Cleaning Oven?

Last Updated Jul 23, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

Cleaning the oven has to be one of the most dreaded of all cleaning chores.  What if I told you that that the days of having to spend hours scrubbing your oven clean are over?  No, it’s not a pipe dream!  The new self cleaning ovens make oven cleaning time an absolute breeze.  Here’s what you need to know.  For more information, just have a chat with your local kitchen appliances supplier.

How Does a Self Cleaning Oven Work?

Self cleaning ovens are actually surprisingly simple.  They work by using very high temperatures (around 500 degrees Celsius) to burn off the spills and other residues that are left over when you use your oven.  No chemicals are involved in the process – just heat.  Some of the newer self cleaning ovens do require a small amount of liquid cleaning soap to work but most don’t.

The self cleaning cycle lasts for a couple of hours depending on the model and it burns any residue to ash.  All you have to do is wait for the cycle to finish and the oven to cool down and you can just wipe the ash out in a few seconds. So much better than using harsh chemicals and scrubbing away!

Self Cleaning Ovens and Safety

When the oven is going through the self cleaning process, the temperatures it reaches are incredibly high.  However, they are still very safe as they use a special mechanical lock to keep the door closed during and immediately after the cleaning cycle so you can’t get burned. The door won’t unlock until it cools to a certain temperature.  The oven glass is also triple insulated so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself on that.  Self cleaning ovens also have much more insulation than a standard oven to reduce the possibility of fire occurring.  As an added bonus, you don’t have to worry about yourself or family members getting reactions from the harsh oven chemicals (fumes causing difficulty breathing, asthma etc) so it’s a much healthier option.

Energy Saving Tip

A great energy saving tip is to actually use the cleaning cycle on your oven straight after you’ve baked or used the oven as it’s already partly heated up.  This way, you won’t have to use as much power to get the oven to temperature it needs for self cleaning.
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