Stop using the self-cleaning function of your oven: It does more harm than good


Most modern ovens are equipped with a self-cleaning function. The aim is to keep your oven in good condition, but the truth is that these self-cleaning routines reach over 1000 degrees and can actually damage your oven more than they are worth.

According to The Kitchn, performing the self-cleaning routine burns away the cooking residue inside, but most ovens today have heating elements hidden behind drip shields that make it difficult for any element to penetrate the element. Also, because these elements are hidden, it is difficult to ventilate them, especially when the temperature inside is high. All this trapped heat ends up damaging the internal components of your oven, blowing fuses and burning out electronics.

The Kitchn notes that manufacturers know this is a problem, but still include self-cleaning features because customers won’t buy ovens without them. So what to do? Go back to basics and wipe the inside of your oven with your favourite cleaner when it gets dirty. Even if you use your oven’s self-cleaner without a problem, it’s important to be aware of the risk of damaging your oven when you run it.

Why you should (almost) never use your oven’s self-cleaning function | The Kitchn.