There's no doubt about it, oven cleaning is rarely on the top of anyone's "to do" list and is most often relegated to the dreaded task category!

If you dislike using strong chemicals or don't want to spend the time to deep clean your oven manually then ovens with a built-in pyrolitic process can be a real time saver.


The Knowhow:

What does pyrolitic mean and how does it work?

Pyrolytic cleaning uses high temperatures of 500 degrees centigrade or more combined with the absence of oxygen to burn off the accumulated grease and spills from baking and roasting food in your oven, reducing it to a pile of ash that can be wiped up with a moist cloth.

How often should you clean your oven?

Wiping up spills after cooking each time will keep your deep cleaning to a minimum. To avoid greasy build up that takes longer to sort, put aside a couple of hours a month to turn your oven on the self clean setting and you will keep both yourself and your cooker happy!

What's the best way to use this feature?

Choose a day when you won't need the oven for at least 3 hours start to finish. Make sure to take out any pans and the racks which can be soaked and hand cleaned. Generally, the racks should not be left in during this high heat clean.

Brush out any lingering loose crumbs before shutting and locking the oven door to avoid unnecessary smoke. For safety's sake, once the heat cleaning process begins you won't be able to open the oven door until it cools down to a reasonable temperature. When the oven is cool, you can wipe the ash inside out with a damp cloth and replace the racks.

Crack the kitchen window open if it's a nice day outside or turn your extractor fan on to help clear smells, depending on how dirty your oven is inside.

How safe is this type of self cleaning?

All pyrolitic self cleaning ovens are designed with a lock that prevents you from opening the door while it is in cleaning mode. For children's safety and your own, the oven door will automatically lock at a certain temperature. Or, depending on the model, some may have a manual lock to stop it from being opened until the oven has cooled down.

Doesn't it cost more than conventional cleaning?

An added benefit of self-cleaning ovens is that the insulation required for the high temperature cleaning process also makes them more energy efficient for your daily baking. The energy cost for a couple of hours on high heat is still far less than a can of standard oven cleaner. To save extra energy, try cleaning your oven directly after you've finished cooking, while it is still hot.

Formerly a feature associated with high end ovens, many more economical models now also carry this timesaving technology, making the pyrolytic timesaving feature attractive over other self-cleaning catalytic or easy-clean enamel options. Make light work of your oven cleaning chores and put your elbow grease into doing the things you love to do instead!

Updated On:

May 03, 2012

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