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Nov 1, 2008 10:33 PM

Easy-Off Oven Cleaner - Any Advice?

I have a SMEG oven that gets fairly heavy use and despite prompt cleaning with warm soapy water, inevitably baked-on food residue accumulated on the top and bottom enamel panels.

Getting oven cleaners in Bangkok is not the easiest thing, but after much looking around, I found Easy-Off.

I blogged about that on my website, and got a comment from a professional oven cleaner in England who advised;

1) Wear gloves and avoid inhaling the spray
2) Keep the spray off the 2 (side) self-cleaning liners. Use only on the enamel panels
3) Keep the spray off the paintwork, as it strips off paint (some of the inner panels on the door are painted).

Item 3 was a little scary.

Anyway, I have now got the industrial strength gloves and am ready to use the cleaner.

I reckon there must be many people who have direct experience with using Easy-Off, and I would be grateful for any advice you may have for me.

Only thing is there is no point suggesting other brands - it really is difficult finding oven cleaners in the stores here, and the local distributor for SMEG ovens is of no help whatsoever.


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    1. re: ThreeGigs

      Sigh, slowly slowly it is.

      Coincidentally, someone in England Googled 'oven cleaner damaged finish' and got sent to my blog post, so I take that as an omen to proceed with extreme caution.

      Thanks for the advice.

    2. Unfortunately- if the enamel is of a poor quality you may damage the surface but it will not show up till things stick even far worse. In other words you may end up "micro-etching" the enamel requiring more frequent cleanings.

      Fortunately I have a local commercial source for some very top quality oven cleaner that comes as a concentrate in a gallon jug for the cost of 2 cans of the consumer grade (waste of money) EO.

      1. Easy Off is great if you ever char your stainless steel cookware. I have SS All-Clad and when soaking and Bar Keepers Friend don't work, Easy Off is my last (and trusted) resort. Make sure there's a lot of ventilation when you use it.

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        1. re: OCAnn

          Thanks for this, I'll bear it in mind.