We’ve all had to clean our conventional ovens at some time – and it’s not much fun. You wind up kneeling on a hard kitchen floor, with your head in the oven (inhaling who knows what air borne chemicals) scrubbing furiously at the baked on grime that has accumulated since your last unpleasant cleaning experience.
If you’re lucky, you might have a built in oven that’s mounted a little higher – but you still wind up leaning over at an awkward angle and scrubbing like a mad thing! Cleaning the oven has to be one of the worst household chores there is!
Halogen ovens have many advantages (over both conventional and microwave ovens) – and those are covered in more detail elsewhere on this site. So, for the moment, let’s focus on just how easy it is to clean a halogen oven. Compared to standard, or even microwave, ovens, they really are very easy to clean.
At the end of the day, your halogen oven is a big glass bowl with a fancy lid which contains a heating element and a fan – plus some controls. Unless you’ve been cooking something that is especially messy, or maybe you’ve had a bit of an accidental spill, a quick wipe of the bowl with a kitchen towel will probably be all the cleaning that’s required. After all, you don’t clean your main oven after every use do you?
You can also just remove the bowl and wash it, either in the sink or the dishwasher, just as you would with any oven proof glass bowl or dish. More often than not, one of those two methods will keep your oven clean – with a more thorough cleaning once a week or so.
When you want to give your halogen oven a “big clean”, you always have the option of using the “self clean” facility which almost all halogen ovens have these days. It’s really easy to do.
Using The “Self Clean” Function
As mentioned earlier, almost all halogen ovens have a self clean facility. In fact, I’m not aware of any that don’t – but they may exist.
You should follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your oven – but the list below is fairly generic and should be enough to give you an idea of the procedure if you don’t actually own a halogen oven right now.
Don’t forget – if you will be cleaning the oven fairly soon after using it for cooking, give it a little time to cool down to a safe temperature. You don’t want to get burned on the bowl or any of the racks and utensils.
- Remove any crumbs or debris from the oven and its assorted racks, trays etc.
- Give the inside of the bowl a light rub with a paper towel to remove any loose surface debris, grease or oil.
- Add cold water to the bowl to a depth of about 2″ then put a little detergent in (you won’t need too much).
- At this point you can put the trays and racks into the bowl if you like and clean them at the same time. Neat!
- Replace the lid on the bowl and select the “self clean” function.
- Set the timer to somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes depending on just how dirty the glass bowl is.
- Push the handle down to turn the heat and the fan on and let the timer count down.
- Let the oven cool down again before handling it – or any of the racks and utensils.
- Empty the water out and wipe the glass bowl dry.
- If there are any particularly stubborn food deposits, wipe them off by hand (it will usually be pretty easy after the cleaning cycle).
During the cleaning cycle, the water will heat up and become agitated as a result of the halogen heat source and the fan. Don’t be alarmed – that’s perfectly normal. In fact, it helps to mix the water and detergent as well as loosening any dirt and debris.
The short video below shows how to clean a Fagor halogen oven – but the basic principles apply to almost all brands.
And that’s all there is to it. No more smelly chemicals, getting a crick in your neck or giving yourself housemaid’s knee on the cold kitchen floor. It’s just one more of the many advantages of halogen ovens!