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How long does a self-cleaning oven take?

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The self-cleaning cycle on an oven takes one and a half to four hours to clean the oven. Additional time is necessary for the oven to cool down before it unlocks, making the entire process last up to six hours.

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How long does a self-cleaning oven take?
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Before the self-cleaning cycle is started, the oven racks must be removed and any liquid spills wiped from the bottom. Once the self-cleaning cycle is turned on, the oven locks and heats up to 880 degrees Fahrenheit for around three hours. When the self-cleaning cycle is over, the oven turns off, cools down and then unlocks the door. Ashes are left behind and should be swept out with a dust pan and broom.

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