Oven Pride REVIEW

Oven Pride REVIEW

Being that oven cleaning is regarded as the #1 most dreaded and hated household chore it’s no surprise really that Oven Pride, and similar products like Oven Brite are so well known and popular. But are they really worth using?

Oven Pride / Oven Brite is a cleaning solution that is marketed as being able to transform your oven with “amazing results promised”. And it’s CHEAP.

What are our thoughts on Oven Pride and the similar products like Oven Brite? Well, we run a professional oven cleaning service, Oven Cleaning Sheffield. We clean 1000’s ovens, cookers, ranges, hobs & extractors every year in and around the city of Sheffield, so we hear a lot about this product, especially testimonials from our customers that have used it prior to using our service.  Because of this we are in a good position to give our thoughts on Oven Pride.

How to you use Oven Pride / Oven Brite? According to the instructions taken from the Oven Pride website:

1) Place the racks in the bag and add 1/2 – a3/4 of the solution into the bag. Seal the bag and fold around the racks, then tilt the bag to coat the trays. Leave to soak for 4 hours, ideally overnight.

2) Pour the remaining solution in the oven. Carefully apply with a sponge. Leave to soak for 4 hours, ideally overnight.

3) Remove the racks without reaching inside and rinse carefully with hot soapy water. From inside the oven, remove residue with a sponge and rinse with hot soapy water.

That’s it.

Having heard and seen so many negative story’s to Oven Pride / Oven Brite we feel it’s now necessary to make people aware of them.

Oven Pride is toxic. The solution in Oven Pride / Oven Brite is caustic soda, chemical name “sodium hydroxide”. A powerful and highly corrosive chemical that requires gloves to handle it.

Oven Pride / Oven Brite cannot be used to the following otherwise damage will certain occur:

  • Any part of the Hob.
  • Any part of the Extractor.
  • A hot or warm oven.
  • Cast iron, aluminium, zinc, copper, tin, painted, damaged, self-cleaning or non-stick surfaces.
  • Door seals.
  • Trims.  
  • Heating elements, including grill elements.
  • Fans.

This may or may not come as a surprise but, through all the homes we visit even on a weekly basis we see many ovens, oven parts, and surrounding areas damaged by Oven Pride. On multiple occasions from week to week we are guaranteed to see white looking Burn/scorch marks on the insides of ovens. Yes, this is caused by Oven Pride. Sometimes even by products like Mr Muscle that also contain sodium hydroxide. Only small traces of the chemical need to be present in the oven after cleaning for the sodium hydroxide do damage the ovens enamel once it’s heated up.

We have seen 1000’s of cases of Cast iron, aluminium, zinc, copper, tin, painted, damaged, self-cleaning or non-stick surfaces damaged by Oven Pride. Again, showing as white scorching or even pitted melting of the effected parts.

Even small splashes on door seals and trims is common place. It would be extremely hard to clean an oven without splashing a liquid, even if just a few drops on surrounding areas.  

By now you must be wondering how we as a professional oven cleaning sevice avoid damaging ovens, oven parts, and surrounding areas? We just cover and mask everything off right? Well no. We actually use Eco-Friday products that are specially formulated to be more effective than Oven Pride, but without all the negatives / cons. Now, enough on promoting ourselves, if you do want to see more about us please do visit our Homepage and checkout some of our other pages like our own Reviews section, the before and afters page, or Contact Us.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the negatives don’t end there. The negatives for Oven Pride and similar products made from Sodium Hydroxide don’t end there. Here are a few articles from well known news organisations reporting on the human damage caused by Oven Pride / Oven Brite / sodium hydroxide products:

Caution! Some of these stories can be upsetting and not for the fainthearted.

> This unnamed lady splashed the liquid on her arm while attempting to clean the oven receiving horrific burns: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8925547/terrified-husband-ovenpride-burns-wife/

> Becky Page received a chemical burn on her arm requiring a skin graft after getting the liquid on her arm: https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/8721419/woman-chemical-burns-oven-brite/

> Toddler Aaron Cadder was left with third-degree burns from the liquid that even burnt through his trousers: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5882117/Two-year-old-suffers-degree-burns-spilt-oven-cleaner-legs.html


> Hayley
from Liverpool received chemical burns when she slashed the liquid on herself: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mums-arm-rots-away-after-14239858

> Toddler Elijah Mole burnt: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/469358/Baby-suffers-horrific-first-degree-burns-after-drinking-oven-cleaner

Received a chemical / burn from caustic soda / sodium hydroxide?

Follow the advice on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acid-and-chemical-burns/

1) Call 999

2) Carefully remove any contaminated clothing and rinse the affected area with as much water as possible, trying not to rub or wipe the area/areas.