A self-cleaning oven can create strong odors during the self-cleaning process. The odor is caused by the oven using extremely high temperatures to burn away spills and food particles.
To help with unpleasant odors, homeowners can open windows to help air flow through the house. An individual also may spend some time outdoors if needed. The odor from the self-cleaning cycle can cause headaches or other side effects among some people.
The fumes from an oven’s self-cleaning cycle can be harmful or deadly for birds. Any pet birds should be moved to a well-ventilated room distant from the oven before operating the self-cleaning cycle. The pet bird can also be moved outdoors if the weather is suitable. Other pet animals may be sensitive to the self-cleaning cycle as well.
An oven’s self-cleaning cycle generally reaches about 900 degrees Fahrenheit to burn up any cooked-on food. It is necessary to check on an oven while it is self cleaning to ensure there are no malfunctions or other problems.
There are some concerns about the effects of self-cleaning ovens on human health. Non-stick chemicals may have harmful effects, especially when heated to high temperatures. If an individual experiences severe side effects, a doctor should be consulted and a different method for cleaning the oven should be used.