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How do you clean a self-cleaning oven?

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To self-clean an oven, remove the racks if necessary, and set the cleaning cycle to run at a time when you are home for several hours. Wipe out the resulting ash when the cycle is complete. Do not use any commercial oven cleaners during this process.

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  1. Remove and clean the racks

    This step depends on the type of racks included in the oven. Racks that are designated as self-cleaning can stay in the oven during the cleaning cycle. Remove stainless steel racks before starting the cleaning cycle. Wash racks separately with warm water and soap. Also remove any pans or foil from the oven.

  2. Set the cleaning cycle

    Once you turn on the self-cleaning cycle, the door automatically locks to prevent exposure to the extreme heat because the oven reaches a temperature up to 880 degrees Fahrenheit. The cycle takes from one to three hours, depending on the oven model. If possible, open a kitchen window to let out the strong aromas and heat that are generated during the self-cleaning cycle.

  3. Wipe out the oven

    Once the cleaning cycle is complete and the oven is cooled, the door automatically unlocks. The oven's residue is reduced to ash. Use a damp paper towel or rag to wipe out the ash. Replace the racks.

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