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An awful lot of grease fell into the bottom of my oven during its last use. Afterwards, it made sense to use Dawn to clean the oven, as it cuts grease so well. After I did that, however, I thought to worry about any ill effects of heating the oven. I did go over everything with a wet rag several times, and believe I got all the Dawn out.

Specifically, I used ultra concentrated Dawn dishwashing liquid which has no phosphates and which carries warnings to not mix with bleach. So, do I have anything to be worried about?

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I haven't looked at the specifics, but does your oven have a self cleaning finish? You have to be careful of harsh cleaners on that. –  BMitch Nov 7 '11 at 12:59

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Considering the kinds of caustic chemicals in commercial oven cleaners (lye, KOH), I would have no fear of using dish soap. Theoretically soap bubbles can trap flammable gas, so it's good that you rinsed thoroughly, but it's certainly less dangerous than a pool of grease.

My experience has been that vinegar and baking soda are fairly effective for cleaning ovens, you might try those next time.

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I think I will try those next time, just because I don't like having to worry. That being said, between this and having called the makers of dawn, I've stopped worrying. –  Ckhrysze Nov 8 '11 at 19:07
There is nothing to worry about. –  Zach Dec 9 '11 at 18:59

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