A kitchen brings up memories of cooking smells like baked bread, freshly-brewed coffee and fried onions. It’s the heart of the home and the gathering place for many a party. Cooking and eating have traditionally been the glue that binds people together.
Keeping with the spirit of the kitchen, a closer look may reveal harmful substances and cleaning practices that should have gone out with the dish water. One such practice is cleaning the oven with corrisive oven cleaner.
One popular oven and grill cleaner’s msds sheet reads:
DANGER: CORROSIVE. BURNS SKIN AND EYES. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. May irritate respiratory tract. Contains about 4.5% sodium hydroxide (lye). Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing. Wear long rubber gloves and eye protection when spraying and wiping. Do not spray toward face. If product contacts person, immediately follow First Aid procedures. Avoid breathing spray mist. CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE. Do not puncture, incinerate or store at temperatures above 120 deg F (50 deg C). KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Around children and pets, such a product can lead to tragedies and must be treated with extreme caution.
So what can a person use to clean the oven without harmful fumes and exposures to corrosive chemicals? The best option is to spray the oven with water then sprinkle baking soda or make a paste and apply onto the sides. Leave it overnight so it has a chance to work on the grease. In the morning, wipe away the soda with a sponge. For problem spots, try some steel wool. You’ll have to scrub but your lungs will thank you for your efforts.
Copyright Lynn Argent, 2008. Reproduction is not permitted without written consent from the author.