To self-clean or not to self-clean? That is the question.

Ovens have had a self-cleaning function for decades. The process involves heating the oven to a sweltering 900 degrees for three hours to incinerate debris. The result is a clean oven but at the expense of smoke, odors and an appliance that ages prematurely. The extended period of extremely high heat breaks down the oven’s electronic components.

If you must self-clean, do so only once a year.

The better choice is using a quality cleaner like Easy Off.

Newer ovens have a ceramic interior so splatters don’t stick in which case a product like Cerama Bryte is best.

Steam ovens offer a safe, speed clean option using steam.

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