Standard Cleaning Vs. Self-Cleaning Oven

Many homeowners like the convenience of self-cleaning ovens found in wall ovens, convection ovens and double ovens. These ovens break down grease by reaching temperatures as high as 900 degrees. These ovens are carefully insulated so that they do not release the very high temperatures into the home. Mostly, these ovens are highly energy-efficient. Homeowners should not use these ovens, however, if they have pet birds.

Self-cleaning ovens are safe because of their insulation.


Self-cleaning ovens use less energy than standard cleaning ovens because they are highly insulated to resist the high temperatures that the oven generates to clean itself. The heating element does not have to get as hot to raise the oven temperature. You should only use the self-cleaning feature on the oven once a month, however, because using the oven more often will lead to you using more energy given the high temperature that these ovens heat to.

Residual Heat

With standard cleaning ovens, you should wait until the oven has cooled down before cleaning it. With the self-cleaning oven, the best time to activate the self-cleaning feature is after cooking food, since the heating element will not have to heat up as much given the residual heat left over from cooking the previous meal.

Cleaning Supplies

Self-cleaning ovens do not require as many cleaning supplies, as they mostly rely on heat to remove grease and food residue. There are some parts that you need to clean, but you will need less of it, so you will save money. With standard cleaning, you can use either hot water and detergent or hot water and baking soda. Afterward, rinse off with vinegar.

Manual Cleaning

There are some parts of the oven that you will have to clean manually even if you have a self-cleaning oven. You must clean the door frame and the edge of the door outside the gasket. Do not clean the gasket using any cleaning solution, however, since damaging the gasket can cause heat to leak out of the oven. After the oven cools down, you will need to wipe out ash with a rag. With standard cleaning, you will need to manually clean everything.

Food Welding

Unlike traditional cleaning, self-cleaning ovens can get so hot that they can sometimes weld food to the bottom of the oven. Luckily, you can scrape this hardened food off with a metal spatula. If the spatula cannot scrape off the material, then try spraying it with white vinegar.


Self-cleaning ovens kill birds. These ovens are lined with Teflon, which emits gases when the oven reaches 900 degrees. This gas is toxic to birds. Regular ovens do not release any toxic gases. When using the self-cleaning ovens, make sure to ventilate the house.