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Here's How Often You Need To Clean Your Oven
If frequently used, your oven should be given a deep clean every three months — while takeout experts may be able to stretch that timeline to once or twice a year. However, you might not want to rely on your oven’s self-cleaning function, as it is hard on the oven, and you may have a fire hazard on your hands if there’s a lot of food residue and other grime.
Doing a bit of lighter cleaning (wiping down any burnt-on residue, for example) about once a month makes future deep cleaning easier. Before the deep cleaning, remove all the elements that can be taken out, such as the oven racks, and allow them to soak for a few hours in a cleaning solution — which can be a simple mixture of vinegar and baking soda.
For the interior, Martha Stewart recommends using the steam-clean cycle on your oven, or filling an oven-safe pot or bowl with water and allowing it to bake for 20 to 60 minutes. This will create some serious steam to help loosen up all that residue, making it easy to wipe away once your oven cools down.