You may think that using the self-cleaning setting on your oven is a great idea because you’re simply heating up the oven and not using any cleaners.
Unfortunately, when your oven reaches over 600 degrees, it can start emitting nasty fumes. These fumes can be from your oven’s interior coating off-gassing or residual food burning and releasing carbon monoxide. Neither is good.
While it is well documented that pet birds can be killed from self-cleaning oven fumes, it’s unclear how toxic the fumes are to humans, with the exception of carbon monoxide.
Why risk it?
You know when you use the self-cleaning feature, your house fills with fumes that last for hours. Do you really want to breathe that?
What should you do instead?
How to Get a Clean Oven Without Fumes
You can clean your oven easily by following these simple steps. Very little elbow grease is involved, really!
Fill the bottom of your oven with an even layer of baking soda. Pour white vinegar over the baking soda.
You’ll hear bubbling as the soda and vinegar react. This is the sound of cleaning taking place in your oven without any effort from you.
Close the oven door and wait for three to five hours. Wait longer for greasier messes. Then, wipe up the vinegar and soda with an absorbent towel. You might have one or two areas to work on, but it won’t be much.
It’s a bit like magic.
Plus, no awful fumes.
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