Ever wonder how to clean an oven fast with Easy-Off Fume Free oven cleaner (product review)? Today’s #AskaHouseCleaner is an in-depth look at oven cleaning hacks with Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner.
Angela Brown, The House Cleaning Guru gives tips on how to clean an oven fast and how much to charge to clean an oven. She also talks about personal protective equipment when using oven cleaner.
The fastest way to clean an oven is not always a self-cleaning oven. Watch Angela Brown cleaning for tips on DIY cleaning using #RB Easy-Off Oven Cleaner.
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What is the proper way to clean an oven with Easy-Off Oven Cleaner? That’s a great question, and we’re going to talk about that today.
Hi there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a housecleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer. Now to answer today’s question, I’m going to do a quick product review on Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner by Reckitt Benckiser.
Reckitt Benckiser A Global Brand
Now, Reckitt Benckiser is a company that is about an 8.5-billion-pound company. They have 23,000 employees worldwide. And they’re responsible for 19 of the famous brands of things that are already in your home. These are brands like Air Wick air freshener and Scholl’s, shoe supports. Schiff vitamins, Clearasil, Vanish, Finish, and Easy-Off. They’re responsible for a whole bunch of things, and you already know their name.
The Fastest Way to Clean an Oven – Easy-Off
All right, now, the Easy-Off brand is the one that we’re going to talk about today. It comes in several different versions. This one is a Heavy-Duty version, and this one is Fume Free. Now, let’s assume it has fumes.
It’s an aerosol. And in order for the chemicals to be effective when sprayed, there are certain things they have to do to those that create fumes.
There will be fumes, even though it says fume free. Okay? Just so you’re aware of that, I want you to be prepared with your proper work-smart-not-hard tools.
Set Realistic Expectations When Bidding an Oven Job
Now, if you’re a professional house cleaner, there are things that you are going to do when you’re talking to a customer about cleaning their oven.
You probably charge an extra $30 to 50$ for cleaning an oven. And that’s a great price for the consumer because you’re going to need lots of supplies and about an extra hour of labor time.
Now, if a customer has a 15-year-old oven, it’s not going to look brand spanking new when you’re done. You do not want to promise that, even if you have great tools. Set realistic expectations.
You want to make sure that they are aware it’s going to look 95% better, but it’s not going to be a 100% looking brand spanking new. So, don’t promise that.
Work Smart Not Hard – Proper Ventilation
The first thing that you want to do is you want to make sure that in your kitchen you have proper ventilation. Open all the doors and windows before spraying any oven cleaner in your cold oven.
This way the spray won’t suffocate or asphyxiate anyone.
Proper Easy-Off Oven Cleaner Spraying Technique
Take off the lid, shake the container and hold your spray about 9 to 12 inches from the walls and the floor of your oven.
Spray in an even pattern covering all the enamel inside your oven and inside of the oven door.
You can also clean the ceiling of the oven, but make sure that you don’t spray it on the heating element or pilot light.
Check for Damage in the Oven, Element, Bulbs
Before you spray, give the oven a good inspection.
This is also a good chance to check to make sure that the pilot lights are not burned out. If they are making a note of it and take a picture of it before you clean the oven. Pass along the information to the client. Because as a professional house cleaner you don’t want to get blamed for things already broken, burned out or missing.
The Customer Can Spray the Oven the Night Before
Now, if you are able to swing this, get the customer to spray the spray inside the oven the night before you arrive so that it can set all during the night. Then when you get there in the morning, you can do all the dirty work and clean it up.
The reason I chose this fume free version of Easy-Off is it goes on cold. There’s no need to pre-heat your oven before spraying.
In the olden days, you would have to heat up your oven. And one thing that we know about aerosol cans is you do not want to get any aerosol can around heat or flames. It always seemed a little counterintuitive to me that you would heat up the oven and then you would spray an aerosol spray inside the oven.
That doesn’t seem right at all. This goes on cold, which is lovely. Your customer can open the door, open the windows, they can spray it inside, close the door of the oven, and leave it for you for the next day. Bam!
Oven Cleaning Recyclable Work Smart Not Hard Tools
All right, now the work-smart-not-hard tools are these. The first thing that you want to do when cleaning an oven is to have clothing protection. For this, I just use this old household apron. It just goes over my head and it protects the front of my clothes. There are disposable and reusable aprons. Both kinds work so which you use is your personal preference.
Then you’re going to also need a great big bowl that you’re going to use on the final stages to rinse the junk out at the end of the cleaning. In the bowl, we’ll have hot soapy water.
And for the final rinse, we’ll use cotton terry cloths. When we’re done, we will toss these in the washing machine, and we save them for projects like this.
Use Disposable Paper Towels
The first part of the cleaning is to remove the spray and the dissolving gunk. I prefer Bounty towels for this project. They’re super strong. They come in the Select-A-Size sheet, and you can use as many or as few as you need.
As soon as you pull out all the junk from the oven, you’re going to want to just throw these away. These I wouldn’t use cloths for, I would use paper towels.
Shopping List Includes Easy-Off & SOS Pads
Another thing that we’re going to use for our oven cleaning is a couple of SOS pads. These come in a box. They say SOS on them.
I’m not going to do a product review on those today, we’ll do that another time. But these are steel wool pads that when they get wet, they are soft enough to scrape anything that’s left on the walls without damaging the enamel.
So, we don’t want to use steel, regular steel scrubbers, and we don’t want to use pumice stones. We only want to use the soft, wet SOS pads. Those are your work-smart-not-hard tools.
OXO Good Grips Deep Clean Brush Set
We’re also going to use our OXO deep clean brushes. We talked about these in another episode. But to scrub the grates on the side of the walls and the oven grates themselves, we’re going to use the strong bristles of the larger of the two brushes.
Then as we clean around the rims of the door and around the seals around the door, we’re going to use the spatula end of the smaller brush. Add these to our work-smart-not-hard tools for the oven cleaning.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Clear Safety Glasses
Now, for personal protection, once we have our apron on and we have all our cleaning supplies, we’re also going to put on a pair of clear safety glasses.
These are just clear glasses that will protect our eyes from fumes. This allows us to do our job without us getting watery eyes and that kind of thing. Because we’re using an aerosol spray there will be fumes. And the fumes will affect your eyes if you are cleaning in the oven for 20 or 30 minutes. So, you just want to protect yourself.
We’re going to protect ourselves also with a pair of nitrile or latex gloves. These are powder-free gloves. These are just regular cleaning gloves, and they’re disposable. At the end of the job, you’ll just peel these off and throw these in the trash. But this is going to protect your hands from anything that might get on there.
Disposable Face Mask
All right, also we’re going to use a disposable face mask, and this has a little tiny wire at the top of it and it has two earpieces. We’re going to stretch this around the face, wrap this around the ears. We’re going to pull this down over the chin, and we’re going to pinch the top of the nose. That just reframes the mask so that it fits your face.
Now you’re good to go with your protective equipment. The safety glasses and face mask protect your face. Your apron will protect your clothing, and the gloves will protect your hands.
That will be our protective equipment while we do this job. Are you ready?
First Aid Measures While Oven Cleaning with Easy-Off
If for some reason you should get this in your eyes while you’re cleaning your oven, make sure that you flush your eyes with plenty of water. And if you’re wearing contacts, take out your contact lenses. Lift the upper and lower eyelids, and flush with water so that you don’t have any debris in there or so that it doesn’t sting.
If you inhale fumes and the air is bothering you, take a break and go outside. Get some fresh air. When you return see if there’s another door you can open to create more ventilation.
Now, Easy-Off is a flammable aerosol. But you shouldn’t have any problems because you’re using it in a cold oven. If you do something stupid and you heat up the oven, while you have the can nearby, there is a risk of a fire, so you don’t want to do that.
If for any reason you start a fire, turn off the electrical outlet where the oven is plugged in. You can do this by either unplugging the oven or by flipping the breaker switch. The breaker box is usually in the garage, near or on the other side of the kitchen.
Storage and Handling
When it comes to safety for handling and storage, this is a pressurized container. So, you want to protect it from sunlight and you don’t want to expose it to temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius. And don’t pierce or burn the can – even after it’s empty.
Physical & Chemical Properties
Because this is a sealed aerosol can, it’s unlikely that someone is going to put something else in the can than what is advertised on the outside of the can.
But just for your own information, it is a liquid, it’s white, and has a lemon scent.
Stability & Reactivity
It is a stable product, and that means under normal conditions and storage and use, no hazardous reactions should occur. But it is hazardous when mixed with other chemicals. If you choose to use Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner – make that your cleaner of choice for this cleaning. You don’t want to use anything else when you’re cleaning your oven. This is the only cleaning solution that to use on this oven today.
The toxicological information is that it is not classified as a long-term toxic product. Because you’re not going to be using it over prolonged periods of time.
The irritation is that it could bother your eyes moderate to severe, it could bother your skin if it gets on your skin.
It did get on my skin, and it just pinched a little bit almost like if you were to put a piece of scotch tape on your arm. It would pinch a bit but it doesn’t hurt.
Then I just realized, “Oh hey, I bumped up against the side of the oven, and I got some on my arm.” Then I just washed it off and I was fine. It didn’t break out or cause hives or anything weird.
That’s kind of about the extent of what you might expect. It’s just enough of a pinch to make you notice you need to wipe it off.
The Ecological Information
The ecological information is this product is not healthy for fish tanks, so you would not use this to clean a fish tank, for example. But other than that, there are no known significant effects or critical hazards that you need to be aware of as far as the environment is concerned.
Disposal – Trash
When you decide to throw the can away for disposal considerations, it says, “Waste packaging should be recycled.”
This means to put this in your regular garbage. Your trash company will process it according to with your federal, state, and local environmental rules.
Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner is regulated by the Department of Transportation.
It is a flammable aerosol, and so you cannot ship it via air. It has to be shipped via ground. So, you are not going to be able to buy this and have it immediately shipped to you the next day. It will take a couple of days if you buy this on Amazon, for example.
Just give yourself a little bit of time between jobs, if you are having it shipped. Or pick up some at your local grocery store so that you can avoid that time delay if you have an oven cleaning job coming up.
This product has been listed with the Clean Air Act. It is a hazardous air pollutant. So, you want to make sure that you use this according to the directions that are on the can. If you use it outside of the regulated conditions, it could cause some air and breathing problems, so you want to use it exactly as directed.
When you’re done with it, you’re done with it. All right, if you follow those instructions, you should be just fine and have a nice, tidy, clean oven.
The Proof is in the Results
The Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner did a pretty good job, right?
I do recommend this product as a quick easy fix to cleaning your oven. Especially after the holidays or between the holidays as a quick easy oven cleaning.
Now, one thing that I do want to mention is this product is safe for self-cleaning ovens. What that means is, if you ever decide you wanted to use your self-cleaning oven again, this will not damage that enamel coating that allows that to do the self-cleaning process.
A Word of Caution
You do want to run your oven for about 45 minutes to kind of burn off whatever chemicals are in there. Do this before running your self-cleaning oven cycle. And run your oven at a high temperature of 400 to 500 degrees.
Also, before your next meal, you may want to run it for a few minutes at a high temperature. This will burn off any chemical residue before you put your food in the oven. Anyway, it’s a great way, great fix for a quick, easy oven cleaning.
The Safety Data is on the Back of the Can
The Safety Data Sheet for Easy-Off says it is designed for industrial use. It’s not designed for consumer use. All the consumer instructions that you need and the warnings are on the back of the can.
If you are unsure or if you forget what we talked about today, read the back of the can and follow the instructions.
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