How To Clean and Use a Self-Cleaning Oven

by | Apr 7, 2023 | Kitchen Cleaning

Listen up, peeps! Cleanin’ your oven is one of them tasks ya prolly keep pushin’ back week after week. The grubbier that oven, the tougher it is to clean, am I right? And I bet most of y’all have a few tough stains from cookin’ ribs and bacon burgers on the broiler. But, thank the Lord above, we got self-cleanin’ ovens now!

But even with this amazin’ tech, you might still be wonderin’ how to clean a self-cleanin’ oven. Truth is, it ain’t rocket science, but don’t beat yourself up if it seems like a big deal. I’m here to help ya out, no sweat.

Let’s get down to business!

Alright, folks, listen up! I’m gonna give you the lowdown on how to clean that self-cleanin’ oven of yours. We’ll start with the basics of how to use it, then dive into the specifics for some of the hottest brands out there. And yes, you heard right, this here process is kinda like cleanin’ a Blackstone griddle or grill – some of ’em even got self-clean options!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • 10-20 minutes of elbow grease
  • 2 to 5.5 hours for the whole shebang, depends on the model

Low cost, ain’t no biggie.

Got it? Let’s do this!

Yo, listen up! If you want ta know how to clean your oven like a boss, you gotta know if it’s a self-cleaning oven or a manual-cleanin’ oven.

  • Self-cleaning ovens, they get up ta 930 degrees F and turn everything inside to ash! All the grease, oil, food particles, BAM! It’s gone. You just gotta find that self-clean button on the control panel above the stovetop.

  • Manual cleaning ovens, they only get up ta 450 degrees F. Ain’t hot enough ta turn the food inside to ash. In that case, ya gotta get yer hands dirty and clean it manually when it’s off and cool.

Yo, listen up! If ya wanna clean yer oven like a boss, ya gotta get the gear.

Here’s what ya need:

  • Microfiber cloth (make sure ya know how ta clean it after, don’t wanna be a rookie)
  • Rubber gloves (gotta protect them hands)
  • Dishwashing Liquid (gotta get rid of that grime)
  • Sponge scrubber for the tough stains (ain’t gonna clean itself, ya know)


Alright, listen up! Here’s what ya gotta do:

– Turn on that oven light and clear the joint out! Gotta take out all the cookin’ sheets, pans with foil, broiler plates, and all that jazz. Only thing that can stay is the oven racks if they can handle the heat, check the manual.

Why? Cuz the oven’s gonna heat up like crazy, and the pans ain’t built for that kinda heat.

WARNING: This includes anything on top of the stove and around it too. The heat vents outta the top and ya don’t want nothin’ nearby. Not even dish towels! Nothin’! Got it?

Listen up, this is important! Most folks skip the door seal, but don’t be one of them! That door seal can get odors and stains just as easily as the rest of the oven.

  • Dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and wipe through the whole seal and around to get rid of crumbs, sticky spots, and stains.

  • When the oven’s heating up, it’s good to turn on that range fan. If ya got a microwave up top, turn the fan on from there. The button’s on the range or microwave, not the oven.

  • If you got a self-cleaning oven, chances are the door locks itself, so ya don’t risk startin’ a fire or burnin’ yourself. If it doesn’t lock automatically, then lock it yourself. Check the manual on how to do it right.

  • Just let the oven do its thing and wait till it’s done. It should unlock automatically when it’s cooled off. Some self-cleaning ovens run a timer so ya can see how much time’s left. Could take anywhere from 2 hours to 5.5 hours.

Ok folks, listen up! You got yerself a self-clean oven, but it still ain’t done. Time for some elbow grease, the real work begins.

Here’s the deal on how to clean a self-clean oven, the good ol’ fashion way.


  1. Get your rubber gloves on, grab a fresh microfiber cloth.
  2. Wet that cloth with some warm H2O.
  3. Start wipin’ down the sides and bottom of the oven, scrubbin’ away the ash.
  4. You may need more than one cloth, depends on how dirty the oven got.


Alright peeps, listen up! So, you got your oven cleaned with that self-clean feature, but it ain’t done yet. We gotta finish it up by hand.

  • Grab yer rubber gloves, and a microfiber cloth, no paper towels, no abrasive stuff that’ll scratch the oven’s insides.

  • Damp it with some warm water, and start wiping down the sides and bottom of the oven, may take a few cloths if there’s a lotta ash.

  • Now’s the time to clean them racks and pans, don’t bring ’em back dirty, give ’em a good scrub with dish soap and a sponge. Let ’em dry, then put ’em back in.

  • Finally, grab another clean microfiber cloth, slightly dampen it with warm water and soap, run it over the entire exterior of the oven, control panels, fingerprints, the whole shebang.

  • Then dry it off with a towel, don’t leave it wet, you’ll get water stains like ya shower glass. Voila, now you know how to clean a self-cleanin’ oven glass door!

Do you want to know how long it takes to self-clean an oven?

  • If y’all use the self-clean option, it’ll take at least 2 hours.

  • If you don’t get the self-clean feature, then the process might take just as long to clean the oven by hand.

  • And if you’re a hands-on kind of person, cleanin’ the oven without the self-clean option, you’ll need a scrubber with some grit to tackle them stains. You gotta get in there and manually scrub the inside with oven cleaner.

Listen, not everyone’s a fan of oven cleaners ’cause of all the harmful toxins they got in ’em. Sometimes, a homemade solution works better.

Here’s the secret to gettin’ that oven sparklin’ like a diamond. You ready?


  • 2 cups Bakin’ Soda, the real deal baby
  • 3/4 cup H2O, yeah you heard me right, just plain water
  • Lemon Drops, ain’t gotta be precise, but give ‘er a few squirts.

Got it? Good, now let’s clean this oven like a boss!

Here’s what ya gotta do:

1. Get yer ingredients and mix ’em up in a bowl, ya hear me?

2. Then ya spread the mix all over the inside of the oven, let it soak for 20 minutes, baby! This’ll break down all that grime and gunk.

3. Now get ready to get scrubbin’! That’s right, no need for no self-cleaning ovens. You got this!

4. Just remember, this is the real deal, the hands-on approach to cleanin’ your oven like a boss! Get to it, peeps!

Listen up, my peeps! So you wanna know about the common oven brands, huh? Well, let me tell ya, they all pretty much do the same thing. But, there are a few differences you gotta know about, so listen up!

Brand Distinction:

GE, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Samsung, lG, doesn’t matter what you got, most of ’em are pretty similar. Just a few minor differences, that’s all.

Frigidaire Oven – Self-Cleaning:

This baby’s a popular choice, I tell ya. Frigidaire gives you more options than the other stoves, ya know what I mean? You can control the cleanin’ time, big plus for those who don’t got all day. And you can choose the level of cleanin’, light, medium, or heavy, all from the control panel after selectin’ self-clean.

See, it’s all pretty straightforward, peeps. Now you know your oven brand, time to get to cleanin’!

Listen up, my peeps! You want to know how to use the self-clean feature on your oven, huh?

Well, let me tell ya, I got the insider knowledge on how to make it happen with the big brands!

Whirlpool Oven

Whirlpool’s the man when it comes to self-cleanin’ ovens, baby! 50 minutes, that’s all you need. They got the AquaLife feature, and that’s the real deal. Self-cleaning oven, done and done!

Samsung Oven

Samsung’s pretty similar to Frigidaire, my peeps. Press that self-clean button and hit it a few times. That’ll toggle your menu options and you can choose the cleaning time that fits your schedule.

GE Oven

I know, I know, a lot of you are Googlin’ “how to self-clean oven ge”, but don’t sweat it. It’s just slightly different, that’s all. GE ovens have a self-cleaning latch, ya gotta push to set the cleaning feature. It’s not on the control panel, ya gotta use the knobs to set the temperature.

See, it’s all pretty simple, my peeps. Just remember, I got you covered with the insider knowledge on how to self-clean your oven like a boss!


Gimme a break here, folks!

Here’s the answers to all questions youse got ’bout self-cleanin’ your ovens.

How long after self-cleanin’ can I cook?

Listen up! Most peeps think they gotta wait after a self-clean, but nah man, you can start cookin’ right away. Just don’t open the door until the oven’s cooled, it’s all good. Safety feature, yo. And don’t worry ’bout the cleanin’ products, they’re top-notch.

Safety of Self-Cleaning Ovens, Explained

People always gotta ask if self-cleaning ovens is safe or not, cuz these bad boys get hotter than a devil’s lair. But let me tell ya somethin’, these ovens got built-in safety features to protect you, your fam and your crib from harm. Read that manual cover to cover, follow the instructions, and you’ll be golden.

Drawbacks of Self-Clean Ovens

Everythin’ got its cons, right? Sometimes ovens can get broken parts and mess up some settings, but that’s not a common occurrence. But what ya gotta watch out for is ovens without auto-lock during self-clean. This can lead to accidents if you forget it’s cleanin’ or got kiddos runnin’ around. In such cases, ya gotta lock the door manually. It’s all in the instructions, make sure ya read ’em.

Unlocking Your Oven After Self-Clean

When ya got a self-cleanin’ oven, the door often auto-locks. But if you locked it manually, the deal is, you unlock it the same way. Usually, you’ll find a lever under the bottom or on the side. Yer manual will show ya how to get that oven door open.

How Often Should You Self-Clean Your Oven?

A clean oven is a happy oven, am I right?  It’s recommended you run the self-clean feature every 4-6 months, but it depends on what you’re cookin’ and how often.

Greasy foods splatterin’ around? You may be doin’ the self-clean more often. But if it looks clean, hold off. Just remember, grease build-up can be sneaky, and when it sets in, it’s harder to clean, which means you may need to set a longer cleaning time.

If Your Self-Cleanin’ Oven Ain’t Got No Timer, No Sweat!

Don’t worry, bro! Even if yer oven don’t have no timer, the answer be in the manual! Just keep in mind, the oven gonna cool down fer at least 60 to 90 mins. This might not be showin’ up on the self-timer on yer screen. The newer the oven, the more precise the timer’ll be.

Listen, ya gotta be present when the oven’s on a timer, ya dig? Don’t leave the crib and don’t do it at night when ya catchin’ some Z’s. In case a rare accident occurs, ya gotta be awake and around. It’s unlikely, but bein’ present is key, my man.

Listen up folks, it’s time to talk about making life a breeze with a self-cleanin’ oven. Lemme tell ya, these babies know how to do the job right – most tof he time you don’t gotta do a damn thing. Just sit back and watch as all them grease stains disappear like magic. But don’t wait too long, ’cause if ya let food crumbs, ash, and grease build up, it’s gonna hurt both the oven and the food you cook. Trust me, nobody wants a funky taste in their grub.

First-timers, listen up. If you wanna make the most of the self-cleanin’ feature, make sure you read that manual. It’s a breeze on most new models, but if ya gotta lock the door, double-check that puppy or you could end up with a safety hazard. And the newest models? Man, they got options. You can set the time that works for you. But don’t forget, once it’s done you still gotta do a good wipe down, no matter what kinda oven ya got.

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