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To have never, ever, ever..

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AnyoneforTurps Wed 02-Apr-14 20:15:18

..cleaned my oven. I recently confessed this to a friend who is hardly a domestic goddess herself and she nearly fell off her chair. But the oven doesn't look that dirty and any germs must be killed off by the heat, so why bother?

NB I do keep the oven door clean & shiny to lull visitors into a false sense of bio-security wink.

formerbabe Wed 02-Apr-14 20:22:35

I never clean mine either...I'd rather buy a new one plus I don't clean anything that is hidden from visitors.


I've had my oven for 6 years now and cleaned it once. It didn't look any better, so I now just clean the glass door and put the shelves in the dishwasher occasionally.

I cover food when I'm oven-cooking anyway so it doesn't get really dirty.

TwittyMcTwitterson Wed 02-Apr-14 20:28:59

My mum often comes down with oven pride. That's the only time it gets cleaned.

I think it's quite a bad thing. A lady at work was horrified she hadn't cleaned her oven in three weeks. shock

AnythingNotEverything Wed 02-Apr-14 20:29:26

Me too. I make DH do it occasionally. Only after it's really smoking it he's cooked something super fatty like duck.

I don't understand how the chemicals don't get into your food.

MerryMarigold Wed 02-Apr-14 20:30:23

YANBU. I cleaned my oven yesterday and I've done my knee in! You've also made me feel like a domestic goddess when I am clearly not as SIL won't let her daughter come and stay in my house (am assuming because of cleanliness issues - but that's a WHOLE other thread).

To be fair, my old oven was self cleaning and a lot better. This one requires a lot of Mr Muscle about once every 6 months and even that doesn't get it all off. Aren't your shelves really black?

RhinestoneCowgirl Wed 02-Apr-14 20:30:41

I don't clean my oven either.

Once or twice DH has become overcome by the state of it and has gone 't into a cleaning frenzy. I don't stand in his way...

Skivvywoman Wed 02-Apr-14 20:30:50

Bunch of clarty buggerswink

I do mine every 3 months or so

arethereanyleftatall Wed 02-Apr-14 20:31:43

Me neither.

And like poster above, every time my mum comes to visit she makes a beeline to clean it. Finds chips cooked 40 times, take that Heston.

BikeRunSki Wed 02-Apr-14 20:32:22

I have a man......
Sometimes a woman
Showroom clean oven once a year for £50

MerryMarigold Wed 02-Apr-14 20:32:46

Good, old dh's. My dh's idea of a cleaning frenzy is to go around making PA comments about 'the state of the house'.

NorksAreMessy Wed 02-Apr-14 20:33:05

Cumbria, skivvy?

Ours self cleans, allegedly. I have never watched to see if it really does.

Moonfacesmother Wed 02-Apr-14 20:35:32

Will the special oven cleaning people come and clean your oven if it's in a really bad way? I mean like a REALLY bad way.

KiKiKiKi Wed 02-Apr-14 20:35:48

Don't your ovens stink?

NearTheWindymill Wed 02-Apr-14 20:39:07

I don't clean mine either - Mario from Oven Clean does grin. Mario is luffly.

RiverTam Wed 02-Apr-14 20:39:32

no, I never have, but I don't cook any meat so nothing that's going to spit fat around the inside. The bottom is probably a bit coated with pizza droppings though... Doesn't smell, though.

HappyAgainOneDay Wed 02-Apr-14 20:42:41

Can't remember the last time I cleaned ours. It's about 30 years old and a self-cleaning oven. I just wipe over the top when it needs it.

ItsAFuckingVase Wed 02-Apr-14 20:44:12

I do mine once a month with oven pride. The chemicals don't get in the food as they don't stay on, you wash them off!!

TwittyMcTwitterson Wed 02-Apr-14 20:44:48

No doesn't smell.

mrsleomcgary Wed 02-Apr-14 20:46:13

I clean the hob but never ever the oven - and we've had it 7 years. To be fair its only in the last few months I've thought it could do with it (but not actually done it so clearly isn't bothering me too much!)

Fathertedfan Wed 02-Apr-14 20:46:49

I do mine if we're going on holiday and someone else is house sitting...

Jellymum1 Wed 02-Apr-14 20:47:56

I dont either and we are all fighting fit and well smile but I do clean the door and top and bits people can see!

LowCloudsForming Wed 02-Apr-14 20:49:08

Self-cleaning ovens usually need to be told to self-clean i.e. put it on the Pyro setting.

As for "cleaning" ovens, I'm not a fan of using oven cleaning chemicals in the oven as I'm just a little nervous that they burn off lovely toxic chemicals into the oven and kitchen as I'm cooking.

The interior of a conventional oven must sterilise at over 100 degrees surely? The real reason for cleaning its guts must be to remove grease build up on the fan etc.

TruffleOil Wed 02-Apr-14 20:49:35

My oven is quite a mess. My sister has a feature on her's that's self-cleaning. It has this super-high temperature that burns everything off.

CombineBananaFister Wed 02-Apr-14 20:50:38

Nope me neither, but in all fairness everything goes on a tray anyway so spillages go on that and that gets washed. the oven just needs a quick once over of the doors and cavity every now and then for splashes (no droppings) ??? Hopeful grin ???

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