I recently cleaned my oven with something called EasyOff Fume Free. It worked great at getting the crud off my oven, but now, for the life of me, I can't get rid of the smell.

The "fume free" part of their marketing is a joke. If I turn the oven on, even at its lowest setting (~100 degrees), it starts emitting a nauseating odor that chokes me out and makes my throat sore. I opened up all the windows, opened the doors, started a big room fan, and left the house for an hour. I came back and the smell was still there. It only goes away after I turn the oven off.

I tried washing the inside of the oven with water and a sponge, and that didn't seem to help.

Is this normal?!? Has anyone else had a similar experience with this (or similar) oven cleaning products? What was the fix?

  • 3
    I used the same product a couple of years ago, but the smell dissipated after a couple of hours or so, and didn't even need the oven to run. Are you sure you followed all instructions, and cleaned up all residue? – alt Nov 9 '14 at 16:16
  • I haven't even touched EasyOff in 25 years - every oven I've seen/had has a "clean" cycle that works like a champ. – warren Nov 11 '14 at 19:35
  • Dumb question, to get it out of the way: Have you contacted the manufacturer to get their advice? – keshlam Dec 20 '14 at 13:46

I think you're going to have to burn off any residue. This is going to take a very hot temp for several hours. If your oven has a self clean then try using that, otherwise I'd set it to max temp for 2-3hrs and then give it several more hours to cool off before you open it and wipe away any remaining residue.


When I want to get rid of strong odors, I use a tray of vinegar. It doesn't have to be a lot of vinegar. Try to maximize the vinegar to air surface (shallow pan). Leave it in there overnight, and it should do the job.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.