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How does a self-cleaning oven work?

How does a self-cleaning oven work? It's less of a hot mess and more like heat getting rid of it! Take the temp on your pyrolytic skills with our guide.


By Cleanipedia Team

how does a self cleaning oven work

Key steps

  • For steam self-cleaning ovens, water has to be placed at the bottom.
  • Self-cleaning ovens should be shut and locked before the cleaning begins.
  • They heat to around 500°C.
  • Once finished, they turn themselves off.
  • Allow to cool before opening.
  • Once cool, wipe with a damp cloth to remove residue.

Technology and products in our home are becoming smarter these days, and a self-cleaning oven sounds like magic. Despite this, the principle is actually very simple. If you've found yourself thinking "what is a self-cleaning oven?" or if you want to know how it works, we’ve got you covered right here!

When you are using a self-cleaning oven setting, ensure that the oven is emptied and firmly shut and locked first. This will prevent accidents as it heats to around 500°C!

Self-cleaning oven: frequently asked questions

So, what is a pyrolytic oven, and how does a self-cleaning oven work? Find out everything you ever wanted to learn about self-cleaning ovens here:

  • What does pyrolytic mean? Pyrolytic is an automated function attached to self-cleaning ovens which will allow your oven to self-clean instead of requiring elbow grease from you!
  • What is pyrolytic cleaning? If you want to clean your oven with minimal effort, pyrolytic cleaning is an automatic function to help you do just that.
  • How does a self-cleaning oven work?
  1. Self-cleaning oven interiors are coated with a smooth enamel coating to make them easier to wipe down.
  2. Firstly, the oven needs to be empty of all trays, pans and foil.
  3. If your oven has a steam self-cleaning option, an oven-proof dish of water will need to be placed into the bottom of the oven. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. The oven door must be shut firmly and locked into place.
  5. When the cleaning option is switched on, the inside will heat up to around 500°C.
  6. Once hot, the oven burns off any remains, ready for you to wipe down.
  7. Most will also use a catalytic convertor to eliminate any emissions, as the process often produces smoke and fumes.
  8. Once the process is complete, the oven should switch off automatically.
  9. You should always allow the oven to cool properly before opening it.
  10. Use a damp cloth to wipe off any residue left over from the pyrolytic clean.
  11. Not all ovens have a pyrolytic cleaning function, so if you need to clean a standard oven, you’d do well to read our guide to how to clean an oven.
  • Do self-cleaning ovens actually work? Because of the high temperature, any food remains and other residue inside the oven is decomposed at a fast rate, leaving behind a small amount of ash which is quick and easy to remove. This means they do a good job of cleaning the oven without the need for harsh chemicals.

A pyrolytic oven can be a great investment if you can’t clean the oven the normal way or if you find yourself with very little time to rub away at grease and food stains in your oven. Just ensure you keep the oven off limits while it’s in self-cleaning mode!

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