(Closed) How often do you clean the inside of your oven? (POLL)

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How often do you guys clean/scrub down the inside of your oven?
    Every 2 weeks : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Once a Month : (3 votes)
    3 %
    Every 1-2 months : (4 votes)
    4 %
    Every 3-6 months : (11 votes)
    10 %
    Every 6-12 months : (15 votes)
    14 %
    every 1+ years : (60 votes)
    57 %
    Oven is self cleaning, so I just press a button whenever. : (12 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 16
    2013 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’ve never cleaned our oven. We bought our house a year and a half ago and since I barely bake, it’s basically still clean from the last time the prior owners cleaned it out. 

    Post # 17
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We haven cleaned out oven yet and it’s turning 4 years old soon!

    Post # 18
    2970 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Our self cleaning oven came with our house and we’ve hit the button once in the two years we’ve lived here lol! 

    It works really well, but you have to take the racks out, and scrub them separately (at least thats what the Internet told me). 

    Post # 19
    8825 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I have never cleaned the inside of an oven. I’m in my 40s and cook, but my ovens have never been dirty enough to need cleaning. If you put your pies on a cookie sheet, how would the oven ever get dirty? I’ve never understood why cleaning the oven was a thing.

    Post # 20
    3377 posts
    Sugar bee

    We moved into a rental 1.5 years ago. I tried to clean it with the vinegar baking soda method. Total waste. Now the oven is just full of baking soda.

    Post # 21
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee

    Every year at Christmas. Don’t want someone going to get something out of there and realizing their dinner came from a filthy mess…lol. 

    Post # 22
    367 posts
    Helper bee

    We have a liner in the bottom of ours that works well, but we scrub it once or twice a year. For a reference point, we eat out maybe twice a month so we do a lot of cooking at home. Plus, I run a bakery out of my kitchen, so the oven definitely gets used often.

    What I learned is that the self cleaning feature actually is harmful to the heating elements. The reason the manufacturers keep including them is because the retailers can’t sell a model without one and that way they can make more money.

    Post # 23
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    I actually don’t use our oven very often (I tend to use the stove, electric fry pan, BBQ or slow cooker lol). In saying that, I do try to clean it at least once a year – more frequently if something has spilt into the bottom.

    Post # 24
    10651 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I’m surprised to hear so many of you use the self-cleaning option frequently.  I’ve always heard it’s pretty bad and to actually be out of the house, not just the kitchen when it’s in use.  No way am I going to use that when it’s cold, it’s raining or the pollen count is high.

    We replace the drip pan (that’s what it’s called, right?  it’s not just foil) when it looks like it needs it.  I think I’ve wiped down the inside of the door once.  I’ve never sat and scrubbed it out.  It could probably use a bit of a clean, but I wouldn’t care enough to make it sparkle or anything.

    Post # 25
    1754 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I need a poll option for “when I move out of a rental” haha!

    I use the spray-on oven cleaner that you let sit. I’ve never really had much difficulty with it. 

    Post # 26
    1983 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    I did not realise self-cleaning ovens were a thing! I hate cleaning the oven, it takes forever. I did ours the other weekend actually. I’m in the UK and there’s something called oven pride which is available in the supermarkets. It’s pretty corrosive as it tells you to cover your arms and wear gloves. Basically you get a large plastic bag and you pour half the solution into the bag and place the oven racks in the bag. Gently tilt the bag and cover the racks in the solution and leave it (ideally overnight so a perfect excuse to eat out or just have pasta). You then put the rest of the solution in the oven, avoiding the heating element and light, put it on with a sponge and again leave it. When you come back to it, wipe it out with out soapy water and the crap just lifts (if it’s really bad do it again a few weeks later). Scrub the racks and ignore the gross solution in the bag. It’s so much easier than constantly scrubbing and soaking. Once it’s cleaned (or rinsed and wiped) I let the oven preheat a bit longer than I would usually and make sure everything has burnt off. There’s a link to US Amazon if that helps – http://www.amazon.com/Oven-Pride-Cleaning-System-Misc/dp/B0058MM5D0. 

    Post # 27
    1123 posts
    Bumble bee

    Probably twice a year for us, we rarely use it though as most of our meals are cooked on the hob. It usually gets cleaned when it starts emitting a burning/smoky smell when on.

    Post # 28
    1593 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I voted every 1-2 months but it’s probably more like 3. I haaaate cleaning it so I put it off until school holidays (I’m a teacher). I usually put an old tray on the bottom though to catch any drips.

    Post # 29
    980 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016 - Blue Hound Farm

    I’ve never cleaned an oven, but I’ve always rented, so I’ve never owned one either. May change once I have a nice new one that belongs to me…

    Post # 30
    3867 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    SweetBeets:  Typically when I open the oven, catch sight of the filth, and think, “Dear God WHAT.” Otherwise, eh. 

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