Oven cleaners can be dangerous to health if not used properly and with proper precautions. These products typically contain chemicals that are designed to dissolve and remove tough, baked-on grease and grime from ovens and stovetops. The primary concerns with oven cleaners are their potential for chemical exposure and the release of fumes. Here are some key considerations:
- Chemical Exposure: Oven cleaners often contain strong alkaline chemicals like sodium hydroxide (lye) or potassium hydroxide, which can be corrosive and harmful if they come into contact with the skin or eyes. Inhaling the fumes or accidentally ingesting the product can also be dangerous.
- Fumes: The fumes produced when using oven cleaners can be irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat. Inhaling these fumes can cause symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, and irritation.
- Skin Contact: Direct skin contact with oven cleaner can lead to chemical burns, skin irritation, and blistering. It’s essential to wear protective gloves and clothing when handling these products.
- Eye Contact: Splashes or contact with the eyes can result in severe eye irritation and potential eye damage. Safety goggles or a face shield should be used when handling oven cleaners.
- Ventilation: Proper ventilation is crucial when using oven cleaners to help dissipate fumes and reduce the risk of inhalation exposure. Open windows and use exhaust fans if available.
- Mixing: Never mix oven cleaner with other household chemicals, as this can create dangerous reactions and release toxic gases.
- Storage: Store oven cleaners out of reach of children and pets in a cool, dry place. Keep them in their original containers with labels intact.
- Read Labels and Follow Instructions: Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the product label. Use the recommended protective gear and follow safety precautions.
- Alternatives: Consider using less toxic and environmentally friendly cleaning alternatives whenever possible. Baking soda, vinegar, or commercially available eco-friendly oven cleaners may be safer options.
Shining Oven recommends using only organic products for cleaning your ovens, as strong chemical solvents contain alkaline ingredients, which is very dangerous for health.
It’s important to emphasize that oven cleaners should be used with care and in a well-ventilated area. If accidental exposure or ingestion occurs, seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, individuals with respiratory conditions or sensitivities should take extra precautions when using such products or consider having someone else perform the cleaning task. If you have concerns about the safety of a specific oven cleaner product, you can consult the manufacturer’s safety data sheet (SDS) for detailed information on its hazards and safe handling procedures.
A list of oven cleaners that we do not recommend using because it can cause health problems as well as damage your oven and other appliances:
- Oven Pride
- Mr Muscle
- Dr Magic
- Easy Off
- Power House Oven Cleaner
Book a professional service
Sometimes greasy build-up in ovens is simply too challenging to be removed. Moreover, a thorough oven cleaning can be time-consuming and not exactly a very pleasant job. Fortunately, Shining Oven has professional range cooker cleaners that have all the necessary tools and skills to deal with any cleaning situation and bring your Rangemaster oven back to life. We offer a range of cleaning services, created specifically to eliminate bacteria, viruses, and carbon residue while improving the overall energy efficiency and performance of your appliances. If you are worried that you don’t have enough time to deal with deep oven cleaning, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to come to your rescue.