I cleaned an oven today and it was covered in a well known off the supermarket shelf caustic oven cleaner . This cleaner has on the back on its packet an orange label with two acid bottles picture which means it’s a corrosive product and will burn your skin on contact. I think most people tend to overlook this warning sign when they buy it and only find out the problems of using it when it’s time to use it back home. When you use it you need to be careful and wear proper gloves, eye protection wear, face mask and ideally an apron, open all windows and make sure there is through current of air. Also keep pets and children out of the kitchen. Once it’s been put on don’t leave it on for too long as it does damage the enamel of the oven and if it gets onto any painted part of the oven it will strip the paint off – SMEG owners beware as you have painted sides to your doors and they go a very awful white! Also if you don’t get it off properly it taints the food when you cook it which is very lovely!
For us it’s a nightmare to clean an oven when it’s got this stuff on it – it gets on your hands and in your hair and it really isn’t nice at all. We tend to wipe it all out first and then once we’ve got it all out we then switch over and carry out our normal eco cleaning process – nice and easy, fume free, that is safe for everybody including me. Then really I need a shower as soon as possible to get the stuff out of my hair and off my skin.
So watch out and really don’t buy the oven cleaner from the shop call in the OvenGleam the oven cleaning professionals.
Graham Rogers Started OvenGleamers as one man in a van in Taunton in 2004. The business grew to a five van operation by 2007. OvenGleamers first franchisee started in October 2010. OvenGleamers Became An Associate Member of British Franchise Association in 2012. Now growing National OvenGleamers Network. OvenGleamers are AGA and Big Cooker Cleaning Specialists. Graham writes on this blog and films videos and has a podcast.