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My room mate left a silicon baking sheet in the oven and turned on the self clean. once he realized what he had done we turned off the self clean and waited for the oven to cool off enough for the door lock to turn off. when i opened it the silicon was basically ash and the entire oven was coated with a white foam and it released fumes that burned my eyes and made my throat burn and quickly spread through the house. i closed the oven and ran outside because i couldnt breathe, i then held my breath and opened the oven again and got what i could of the silicon sheet out, most of it just fell apart. what is that white foam coating the oven and is it toxic?

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Silicone ash is not toxic, although it will irritate the lungs if inhaled. It should be safe to just clean your oven and use it.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013

Testimonial: "thank you, i turned the self clean back on but my main concern is what that white foam coating the inside of the oven was and why it burned my eyes and throat so bad. i figured the foam was from the oven cleaning its self and I tried searching the web for an answer but none of the answers said anything about a self cleaning oven using anything but heat to clean its self."

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  • john hornick
    john hornick Oct 17, 2013

    I locked the pets in my bed room and was just trying to make sure that those fumes arent going to make me sick

  • Theodore Warren
    Theodore Warren Oct 17, 2013

    im guessing the foam you see is actually a layer of silicone should clean it before you turn on the self clean again. wear gloves and a dust mask.

  • john hornick
    john hornick Oct 18, 2013

    it has been on self clean for about an hour, do you think i should stop the self clean and clean it all out myself once it cools down enough?

  • Theodore Warren
    Theodore Warren Oct 18, 2013

    yes. the self clean wont clean silicone ash out.



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Turns out that the latch is attached to a plastic piece (made by the manufacturer) and the spring melted! To boot, the fuse in the back which aids in heating the oven went out also. Repair man said this was typical after several uses in cleaning cycle. He recommended using a gentle steel wool pad with soap built in to gently remove backed on food instead of using cleaning cycle. It is just too hot for too long, and there seems to be a domino effect with things that will go wrong. Nothing like the old fashioned way and a little elbow grease!

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