Self Cleaning Ovens

@babystar1 (4236)
United States
May 30, 2007 5:02pm CST
Is it harmful to smell the fumes of a self cleaning oven.I was at work today and had to clean an appartment with my coworkers. The oven inside was really bad, so one of my coworkers turned the dial to self clean. The smell was so bad that I felt sick in the stomach even got a headache from the smell. It took two hours to self clean the oven. We were in the appartment for 4 hours to clean the rest of it while the oven was on. So I was wondering if the smell is harmful.
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
30 May 07
That is weird. My mom has a self cleaning oven and it never has a bad smell when it is cleaning. It usually smells pretty good. I think it all depends on what cleaning product you use in it. And as far as it being harmful, well you might need to find out what cleaning product was being used first. Some things are harmful and they say when in a closed area it's always good to open a window and also it would of helped some if you would of maybe used the stove fan. :)
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
30 May 07
I dont no what cleaning product would be in the oven.All I no is that my coworker just set the dial to self clean and thats when it smelled so bad. thanks for your rresponse.
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@GardenGerty (71472)
• Marion, Kansas
31 May 07
You do not put a cleaning product in a self cleaning oven. If someone did, then yes, it was probably harmful to breathe it. That is the point of self cleaning ovens. If you read the owner's manual on one, it will say not to use cleaning products in it. The only other thing I can think of that would smell so gross, and I have been around it once, is if there were mouse droppings and urine in it. Or rat droppings and urine. That stinks to high heaven when the stove is turned on.
@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
31 May 07
Umm, in my mom's oven, yes you can put cleaning product in it. There is a slot on the side and that is where she puts her cleaning stuff at. She actually uses a product that smells like lavender and it keeps her oven nice and clean and smelling good. It's for certain self cleaning ovens I'm sure or she wouldn't be using it. Not all ovens are the same you know. But I think I would know if my mom's oven can use cleaning product.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
31 May 07
Here is a tip from a repairman... Use the self-clean feature on your oven a little as possible. It cleans by heating the oven to a very high temperature which burns out the heating element faster in ovens. It is said...To be safe, only self-clean when you can keep the windows open and everyone out of the kitchen. Also have seen where birds are damaged. So err on the side of caution and avoid sharing the air space with a self cleaning oven.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
31 May 07
thanks for telling me the tip from the repairman.How are the birds damaged by it.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
31 May 07
You ever hear of the canaries that were used in the mines. This is the same thing. Birds are real sensitive to the air and the oven goes to 500 degrees and releases things into the air. Not something I would enjoy for sure. Good luck with this situation.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
31 May 07
I would be wary of it. I have never had a self cleaning oven, so I don't know exactly how it operates. What substances do the manufacturers use to do the self cleaning? You could look into it, by ringing the manufacturer. Some of these cleaning products are quite toxic. If you are foreced to do this type of cleaning gain, perhaps wear a mask.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
31 May 07
I dont no anything either about a self cleaning oven that is why I am trying to fine out some information about them, like if you have to leave when the oven is cleaning. thanks for the tip about the mask. This might help the next time we have to clean the oven.
@Grandmaof2 (7605)
• Canada
31 May 07
I have a very good self cleaning stove and I bought it brand new. I was told there would be a smell a strong smell the first time I use the stove and that would be normal, and yes there was an ordor but after that one time there was no more. As far as I know you do not put any cleaner in the oven I never do, that's why it's a self cleaning oven. You set the oven and it does take hours to finish. The extreme heat is what burns the stuff up and you just wipe it out when the oven cools down. You should not be smelling fumes if the oven has been used more than once. I suggest getting it checked by a qualified technican.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
31 May 07
We did not put any cleaners in the oven at all, just turned the dial on but it had a strong smell and went even all through the bedrooms.I had to go ouside it made me sick.
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@Eskimo (2329)
30 May 07
I think you have answered your question yourself, if you feel sick and get a headache from the smell then it will probably be harmful, I don't know what your oven uses to clean itself, but that doesn't sound right to me. Was the oven door left open will cleaning? that could account for it being worse than it should be. Some self cleaning ovens don't use chemicals but just a very high heat to burn off any residue in the oven, this could give a very strong smell. The ovens should also be cleaned regularly, at least once per week, sometimes more often than that. There are reasonable instructions at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-cleaning_ovens which gives details of what to expect from these ovens.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
30 May 07
The door was not left open, it was closed thanks for your comment and the link that you send to me. I will check it right now.
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@daycarepal (1998)
• United States
14 Jun 07
It's so funny that I would come across this discussion today. Just last night we used the self cleaning feature on our new oven for the very first time. I had just a little spill in the oven. I actually could have taken a sponge and cleaned it up myself, but since the oven was new, I wanted to try the new feature. I pressed the button that said "speed clean". It automatically locked the door and began heating up the oven. After about 10 minutes we noticed a smell. We tried to shut off the oven but it wouldn't let us. After about an hour of the smell, my husband shut off the breaker on the breaker box and it shut the oven off. We pulled out the manual for the oven and it said that the speed clean runs for 2 hours. It also warned about a smell and that it could be harmful to birds. Didn't say anything about being harmful to humans! I think next time I will only use the feature if I can have all the windows opens and a fan blowing.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Thank you for your response I am glad to here that it is not harmful to humans. I dont have a seld cleaning oven so I did not no about the smell.Next time we have to clean the ovens at work I will make sure all the ceiling fans are on and the windows are open.
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• United States
9 Jun 07
I am not certain if the smell is harmful. It is nauseating. I use a cleanser and some elbow grease to clean mine. I hate the fumes of the oven cleaners or the smell of the self cleaners. It takes too long to use the self cleaning method.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Yes it is very nauseating. thanks for your response
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I do not know if it is detrimental or not, but I agree that the fumes are awful. If you must do it again make sure you have adequate ventilation. Whenever my mother used to use the clean feature on her oven we would vacate the house for the day. It would make my eyes burn something fierce if we were at home.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
5 Jun 07
thank you for your comment. I am glad that I am not the only onethat had a problem with the selfcleaning oven.
@ozangel82 (757)
• Australia
31 May 07
i have no idea, surely it couldnt be too bad for you or they wouldnt make them? I mean obviously it wasnt too good for you because you felt sick. maybe you are supposed to leave while it does it's business?
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
31 May 07
I dont have any idea if you are to leave while the oven is cleaning. If you can fine out the answer to that, please let me no.Thanks
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
31 May 07
We also have a self cleaning oven and I have not had it smell bad at all. Maybe the previous owners never cleaned it at all ?
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
31 May 07
would that cause the bad smell not being cleaned. thanks for your comment.
@GardenGerty (71472)
• Marion, Kansas
31 May 07
It makes me wonder what was in it that it made such fumes, as I have never had that happen. I would have put on the vent fan, though, and maybe opened a window. If the dirt in the stove was just food, then it should not be harmful. I hope you are feeling better now.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
31 May 07
we had the door open but the smell was really bad. The appartment was small the smell went even into the bedrooms. I am feeling much better now thanks for asking.
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• Pakistan
31 May 07
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
31 May 07
what are you talking about