Todd Turner

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A general rule of thumb for cleaning is the power of a cleaning chemical doubles every 20 degrees. Starting at 70 degrees F, your cleaner is twice as strong at 90 degrees. Go to 110 degrees (almost too warm to the touch) and you've quadrupled the cleaning power.

Another trick is dwell time. Try warming the oven just a bit, maybe even warm a cleaner on the stove and apply it... allow it to sit on the surface to soak in.

Be careful with the heating trick. Solvents like the orange peel smelling stuff (D-Limonene) has a flashpoint down around 118 to 125 degrees F.

One more trick: If you use a regular oven cleaner, have some vinegar handy. Most oven cleaners use caustic potash/lye (potassium hydroxide). It reacts with the fats and oils on the oven walls and it reacts with the fats and oils in your skin. Washing with water just turns it slimy. Flush with water first, then pour some vinegar over your hands to neutralize the caustic.
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