Survey: How Do You Clean Your Oven?

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Part of the joy of home cooking, for us, is starting with a clean kitchen. But the inside of the oven is another story—we close the door and forget the chicken fat splatters, pebbles of blackened food on the bottom...

We also tend to clean our oven so infrequently (as in, um, never?) that by the time we finally get around to it, it's so crusty it seems impossible to tackle.

We're thinking of cleaning our oven this weekend, but we don't like our options. The self-cleaning feature never seems to work as well as we expect—it takes hours, and once the super high heat has burned up everything, there's soot all over the inside. We'd much rather do it by hand, but oven cleaners make us feel like we need a hazmat suit.

So, we'd love your suggestions. How do you clean your ovens?

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(Image: Forties Modern Kitchen Stove, $19.99 at AllPosters.com)