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Should you use the self-cleaning feature of an oven?

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Many models of ovens have self-cleaning features that are deemed safe and effective. However, homeowners should be careful when using this feature as oven temperatures can escalate quickly, causing steam or smoke to disperse from the oven vents.

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The benefits of using a self-cleaning oven feature include less exposure to harmful chemicals typically found in spray-on oven cleaners and the ease of not having to scrub crevices within the oven.

The potential disadvantages of using a self-cleaning feature includes the risk of the high temperatures used. For example, some oven temperatures can rise to more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit when self-cleaning, which may set off smoke detectors, pop fuses or burn out control panels.

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