How do you clean a self-cleaning oven?

We have a self-cleaning oven (and I don't mean the kind you have to clean yourself! LOL) and even after I run it through the 'cleaning' cycle it still has baked on gunk. I was under the impression you couldn't use an oven cleaner in these types of ovens. If not, what can I used to get rid of the 'gunk'?


Asked by not-the-momma at 2:08 PM on Feb. 2, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • ...wanted to add...I think the reason you aren't supposed to use an oven cleaner on a self cleaning is that it gets too hot and creates toxic fumes. This doesn't mean that you can't use an oven cleaner with the oven on a lower temp- what is recommend on the container, and just rinse well -or look for a cleaner that is safe for use on self cleaning ovens. The wet rag idea might work too....just make sure it stays wet so it doesn't catch fire.

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 2:26 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • If there is still gunk, then you may need to leave the self cleaning cycle on a bit longer. I don"t think you can use oven cleaner either. Try scraping with a plastic pancake turner, sweep it out, and run through the cycle again. If it doesn't come off, your oven is not getting hot enough and may need repaired.

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 2:11 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • use the microwave's worth a shot. for the microwave, you get a wet rag and put it on high for 1 minute, which makes it easier to get the gunk off. maybe you can do that in the oven?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:16 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • You can use a glass scraper (you can find in hardware department for like $3...they use it to remove paint from windows) and it scrapes stuff right up! I use carefully on my counter tops and glass top stove too!

    Answer by T-Howe at 3:04 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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