After publishing my post about how to clean between oven glass I have received lots of questions about how to clean a self cleaning oven. The good news is that self cleaning ovens aren’t any harder, or different, to clean than non-self-cleaning ovens.
We’ve always had self-cleaning ovens but honestly I really don’t like to use that feature too often because basically a self cleaning cycle gets the oven so hot that it burns off all the drips and turns them to ash. As a result the house gets really hot and it usually smells pretty bad. The only time I even use my self cleaning cycle is right before Thanksgiving, when I know the oven is going to be on for the entire day.
So when you have a self cleaning oven, but don’t want to heat up, or stink up your house, I recommend using baking soda to clean the inside of the oven. By making a baking soda and water paste you’ll be able to get the grime off your oven without any extra heat. Read the full tutorial of how to do it HERE.
You can also clean between the oven glass the same way you would a non-self cleaning oven. When we did our living room remodel we had to rearrange where the oven was placed in our kitchen, and in the moving process the glass on one of my ovens shattered. Of course it was a huge bummer but it has also allowed me a look inside to know that there isn’t anything to damage by cleaning inside the oven glass.
So whether your oven is self cleaning or not, you can use this trick to clean in between the oven glass.
Two of the questions I get asked a lot, about self cleaning ovens are if there are electrical wires inside the glass and if it will “break the seal” cleaning between the oven glass. Since one of our ovens doesn’t have glass on it now, I can tell you there’s no electrical wires inside the glass. All the electrical is housed in the outer part of the unit. Even when our ovens where completely out of the wall there wasn’t any electrical wires that could be seen.
There also isn’t a “seal” to be broken. The outer glass isn’t sealed, it’s only there as a barrier to prevent you from touching the inner glass, which is the one that gets really hot. Here’s what the inside of an oven door looks like.
Having a self cleaning oven is great because you can use the self cleaning feature when you want to, or need to, but you can also clean it by hand when you want to avoid smelling up your house. If you have any other oven cleaning tips I would love to hear them! I always love learning new tricks!