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Auto-cleaning your oven takes it out of commission for a number of hours. Still, you probably do it about once a month. In fact, your oven really needs a deep clean, whether it's a full self-cleaning cycle or a manual going-over with oven cleaner, only once every three to four months. Even so, if any food—say, melted cheese or a rogue French fry—drips or drops, wait for the oven to cool and fish it out immediately to avoid that smoky smell and burned-on spills and splatters.
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