When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Oven?

Suzanne Murray


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My dirty little secret is ... my dirty little oven. I'm not sure why it's so grimy, it's supposed to be "self-cleaning" after all. Does my oven not understand what that means?

Okay, so I'm joking—in part. My oven is dirty and it is self-cleaning, but I'm obviously supposed to be doing something to start that process. At least I think I am. I'm just not sure what.

Mr. Cafe Suzanne and I both like to cook (and eat) so we use our oven quite a bit. In the past, we've had gas stoves (my dream one is pictured here), which I avoided cleaning because the only oven cleaners I know of are the ones my mom used while I was growing up—they were stinky and probably toxic and I don't want my family to breathe that in. I did try a mixture of vinegar and baking soda once, but that did basically nothing. Now, we have an electric stove, which I don't like at all, but renters can't be choosers. The only upside is that it's supposed to be self-cleaning, but I have yet to figure out what that means or how it works. Can you help me?

When was the last time you cleaned your oven? What did you use to clean it? How often do you clean it? Do you know how to get a self-cleaning oven to self clean?

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