Safety of self-cleaning ovens. Are they dangerous for pregnancy?
We live in a modern world where even our ovens can clean themselves. We use them every day and the amount of food and grease build-up is amazingly big. So we spend a lot of money for an oven that has a feature of cleaning itself. Most of us already took advantage of it. But then we notice something that is quite bothersome, it smells bad and it’s smoking. And we ask ourselves, is it safe? Especially, when a woman is pregnant, things like that can become worrying. So are they safe for pregnancy? Yes, they are!
Some people make the common mistake to spray on the oven different kinds of chemicals. Yes, chemicals are dangerous, not only when we use them to clean anything in the house. The way that a self-cleaning oven works is to reach a very high temperature to burn off whatever residue there might be inside of the oven. Afterward, all we have to do is just wipe it off.
Because of the high temperature that it reaches, the food remains catch on fire, until they completely burn and turn into ashes. That’s where the fumes come from. When you mix chemicals with that, the fumes that are emitted start smelling worse. That is definitely bothering and it makes people wonder if self-cleaning ovens are safe. Adding chemicals is completely unnecessary when we want to use the feature.
If you need to clean your oven, be it using the self-cleaning feature, or with good old scrubbing, and you’re pregnant, there are somethings that you can do for protecting yourself from the fumes. Always wear gloves, to make sure your skin doesn’t come in contact with the chemicals, and a long-sleeve shirt. The skin is the biggest organ on the human body and it can absorb the chemicals. If you are going to take advantage of the self-cleaning feature, make sure you’ve safely locked the oven.
Another thing that you can do is to open the windows. Make sure that the place is ventilated and has plenty of fresh air. That way you can limit the amount of fumes you can breathe in. You can add a fan which would make the fumes fly out faster.
If you take the right precautions, you won’t have anything to worry about. Even if you’re a pregnant lady, if you make sure that there is always fresh air in the room and you don’t breathe in the fumes, you will be safe.
Also, if you’re using chemicals on cleaning anything, you can turn to less harsh ones. Look for environmentally-friendly products, or make some cleaning solution yourself. There are plenty of recipes online for cleaning solutions made out of vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and water. Using those will never harm your health, especially if you’re pregnant and you still have to clean everything.