The Truth Behind Store Bought Oven Cleaners

By on 27th January 2016 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Latest News

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We all know how arduous oven cleaning can be but did you know about the dangers of using off-the-shelf-oven cleaners? Just because they’re bought from a known store does not mean that the chemicals used are safe.

Our franchisee, Jonathan Fry (Ovenu Bolton) spoke with Mrs. Brown, from Westhoughton, about the accident that occurred when she used oven cleaner.

Last week I went to clean Mrs. Brown’s oven in Westhoughton. Nothing unusual about that you’re probably thinking but here’s why Mrs.Brown called me…

A few years ago, Mrs. Brown had been cleaning her oven with a very popular, well-known, DIY oven cleaner. As advised, Mrs. Brown was wearing rubber gloves, due to the risk involved when using this type of product; a product which states ‘Danger: corrosive. Causes burns to skin and eyes on contact. Harmful or fatal if swallowed. Contents under pressure.’

Approximately 30 minutes into using the product, Mrs. Brown experienced an intense burning on her arm. She rolled up her sleeve, exposing the cause of her agony – the oven-cleaner had been seeping through a hole in one of her protective gloves; Mrs. Brown’s skin was starting to peel off in large, painful areas.

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Mrs. Brown was rushed to Wythenshaw hospital where she received 11 days of treatment for the horrific injuries. It was then found that the DIY oven cleaning product was to blame, despite Mrs. Brown taking the necessary precautions.

We are delighted that Mrs. Brown made a full recovery but has suffered scarring to her forearm, as pictured.

Mrs. Brown’s case is a clear example that cleaning with caustic-based DIY oven cleaner can be life changing. Of the many oven cleaning products available, bought in-store or online, many still contain caustic soda – some suppliers use the chemical name (sodium hydroxide or sodium potash). Caustic soda based oven cleaners are corrosive and are not suitable for use on painted surfaces, ‘stay-clean’ liners, heating elements, aluminium or polished surfaces, such as aluminium. Breathing the fumes from caustic based products supplied in aerosol tins can also have severed detrimental effects.

This is why, our exclusive range of products are designed to have maximum performance yet minimal environmental impact, if any. We don’t want you cooking with an oven that has used these abrasive oven cleaners as we wouldn’t want any of the chemicals to transfer to the food you cook.

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We are totally committed to an on-going research, investment and development in this field to ensure that our truly unique products are bio-degradable, non-toxic, phosphate free and as eco-friendly as possible.

Mrs. Brown wanted to share her story to ensure that the same doesn’t happy to you. So to avoid injuries by dangerous oven cleaners, call Ovenu today to have you oven cleaned by eco-friendly products.

Alternatively, if you’ve been inspired by this story and want to join the Ovenu team to help stop this happening to someone else, check out our franchise page, we’re looking for people like you.

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.