What is it?
Oven cleaners are used to help break up the baked on food stuck to the inside of the oven. Oven cleaners are usually kept in the kitchen.
What's in it?
The basic ingredient of oven cleaners is lye (either sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide).
What health and safety precautions do you have to think about when using oven cleaners?
Lye is extremely corrosive, and can burn your skin and eyes. It is usually fatal if swallowed.
Because of the toxicity of these products, only an adult should use them. Remind your parents to always "Read the Label First" to know how to properly use these products and safety information. Always wear an apron, gloves, safety goggles and do not breathe the fumes. Make sure there is plenty of fresh air and ventilation when using these products.
Non-toxic oven cleaners without lye are available.