How to Steam Clean Electric Stoves

Updated February 21, 2017

The "Steam Clean" feature on electric stoves lets you use water, a 200-degree oven and 20 to 30 minutes of time to do light oven cleaning. Steam cleaning the oven saves you time and energy cost over the traditional self-cleaning feature. The original self-cleaning feature requires two to five hours to complete the cycle. The oven automatically sets at 232 degrees C or higher and gives off fumes that are dangerous to pet birds. Use the "Steam Clean" cycle often to avoid needing to use the more expensive and time consuming self-cleaning oven mode.

Remove the oven racks and any oven accessories from the interior of your electric stove. Pour 236 to 295ml. of room temperature filtered water directly into the bottom of the oven.

Press the "Steam Clean" button on the oven's control panel then press the "Start" or "On" button. The stove's steam clean cycle cleans the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the manufacturer.

Press the stove's "Off" or "Clear" button once the stove beeps to inform you the "Steam Clean" cycle is complete. Open the oven door and remove any water from the bottom of the oven with a sponge. Do not allow the water to remain in the bottom of the oven. If the water dries, it can leave hard to clean deposits on the oven floor.

Remove any remaining soil on the interior walls of the oven using a nylon scrub brush. Wipe any remaining moisture from the inside of the oven and around the oven door gaskets with a soft cloth.

Soak a clean sponge in lemon juice or vinegar to wipe away any mineral deposits on the interior of the oven. Repeat the stove's "Steam Clean" cycle if the initial cycle fails to remove all oven soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Filtered water
  • Measuring cups
  • Sponges
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Soft cloth
  • Lemon juice or vinegar
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Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.