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I have an older Whirlpool glass-topped
Old 02-16-2020, 11:02 AM
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self-cleaning oven that only works with water and the cleaning setting. The oven itself works well. I hate glass tops, but cannot afford to replace it right now.

The self-cleaning function works great for junk stuck on the bottom of the oven, but the sides and racks are still disgusting. Directions say to not use oven-cleaning products.

Any brilliant suggestions? I hate dirty ovens, but have already spent a half hour cleaning the glass on the door with a razor blade and glass cleaner. And as everyone knows, I am not a natural-born housekeeper or cleaner. The cleaning gene skipped right over me.


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Old 02-16-2020, 11:03 AM
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Not brilliant, but I use oven cleaner on my self-cleaning oven all the time. No damage done!
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Try pure ammonia.
Old 02-16-2020, 11:05 AM
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It's okay on a self-cleaning oven (according to this site) and has worked wonders for me when everything had to be perfect for a military move-out inspection. Usually, I put the racks in a plastic bag in the warm sun with a generous helping of ammonia, but it's winter time, so you could try the method suggested here.

https://products.geappliances.com/ap...ontentId=18163
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homemade oven cleaner
Old 02-16-2020, 11:48 AM
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This was wonderful and easy for me:

get a spray bottle and a clean damp sponge

in the bottle: 1/4 cup liquid Dawn detergent
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup vinegar
1 and 1/4 cups water

shake gently to combine. spray on sides and bottom. Let sit for a few minutes (not long) and wipe with the sponge.

This really worked well for me!! I may have cut each ingredient in half and still had plenty. It even cleaned the glass part of my oven door.
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Natural Method for Cleaning Oven
Old 02-16-2020, 11:50 AM
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I had good success cleaning my oven with a baking soda and water paste. Buy a large bag of baking soda — like from Costco or Sams — and, in a bowl, add water a little at a time until you have a paste thick enough to brush / smear on to coat the sides of the oven. I didn’t do it, but I’ve read that adding a tiny bit of dish soap helps too. Then leave it overnight — at least 10 hours. Spray with water to re-moisten (as it dries overnight) and wipe out with a scrubber sponge, depositing the excess globs of baking soda into the trash. You might have to do a little scrubbing here and there with a brush but not much. It’s messy and a little time-consuming, but much more natural than using oven cleaner.

The baking soda paste worked really well around my gas burners on my stove as well (overnight again,) to remove the brown baked-on gunk, but I wouldn’t recommend doing it on a stainless steel stove.

There’s also a video for how to clean your oven racks with baking soda and water overnight in the bathtub, but I’ll need to find it. I remember you’re supposed to lay an old sheet down in the tub to protect it from being scratched by the racks... ETA: Found a different video than the original one I saw, but this should work. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1iFZRS3vPbw


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Old 02-16-2020, 02:23 PM
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Ahhh...yes, is that the AquaLift feature(or something like that)? I had the same kind and hated it, also for the reasons you mentioned. When the oven died we bought a new one with the high heat self cleaning. I love a clean oven, also
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I use Easy Off oven cleaner
Old 02-16-2020, 04:10 PM
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that is made to use in a cold oven. It is amazing. One of my oven's manual suggests this as a way to clean it. The other older oven that has self clean does not, but I did recently go to a demo for ovens and there the chefs and reps. from the manufactures also told everyone to not use the self clean mode too often and to use Easy Off for Cold Ovens instead. I love that all I need to do is spray down the racks,place them in a large plastic bag and after a few hours, I leave them over night, just wipe them down.

*don't judge! I am not that boring to spend my time watching people cook and jabber on about ovens. It is free and they serve refreshments including a full meal with beef tenderloin. Wolf demo centers are the best! Okay, I am that boring.
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Thanks for all the information about
Old 02-17-2020, 01:43 PM
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oven cleaning.

I still have not cleaned the rest of it. Went to the Casino today instead. Maybe tomorrow. I may start with the home remedy, and move on from there.
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