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DIY fans have given the oven cleaner a surprising new use, but it’s so dangerous that’s why you should avoid the hack

FOR do-it-yourselfers, every product has a practical off-label use.

However, according to experts, one trendy DIY hack is way too dangerous for your to-do list. It can sabotage your project, but even worse, it can harm your health.

Do-it-yourselfers are raving about a new application for oven cleaners, but experts warn against it

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Do-it-yourselfers are raving about a new application for oven cleaners, but experts warn against itPhoto credit: Getty
Using oven cleaner spray to remove furniture surfaces is trendy but risky, pros warn

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Using oven cleaner spray to remove furniture surfaces is trendy but risky, pros warnPhoto credit: Getty

Oven cleaner, a kitchen staple, is the new “secret ingredient” behind many furniture renovation projects.

Fans of the hack have posted dozens of videos on social media showing the spray being used to strip or bleach wooden furniture.

While effective in many cases, the home pros at Martha Stewart Living warn against using oven cleaner in home improvement furniture projects.

“There is no denying that this budget formula is a force to be reckoned with,” the experts conceded.

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But that’s because of what the cleaner is made of.

“Most of the iterations are filled with dissolving solvents and sodium hydroxide, which is considered one of the harshest cleaning agents,” the pros added. “In fact, sodium hydroxide is often found in drain cleaners.”

Of course, the chemicals that can break down hair and food clogging your pipes won’t have trouble blasting through some measly coats of paint or varnish.

The problem is that these ingredients can also harm you if you accidentally inhale them or get them on your skin.

“Oven cleaners contain lye, ethylene glycol and methanol, which can be very toxic,” Mark Knutson, renovation expert at furniture startup Oliver Space, told Martha Stewart Living.

You could easily get chemical burns and eye irritation if you interact with the substance.

While spraying it or waiting for it to work, your children or pets could also be seriously injured if they accidentally come into contact, especially since many of the ingredients are toxic when ingested.

Knutson said that stripping furniture with oven cleaner “is not, in my opinion, for the faint of heart or the general consumer.”

His colleague, renovation expert Alton Syrus, gave the outlet another reason why DIY fans shouldn’t try this hack.

“Oven cleaners definitely dry out the wood,” Syrus explained. This is likely to manifest itself in wood chipping or veneer peeling from the furniture, compromising the structural integrity of the piece.

You may also find that your furniture comes out of the process way too faded or stained.

“I think it’s fair to expect a bleaching effect from oven cleaners as well,” Syrus said.

The good news for DIYers is that there are many finish strip formulas on the market made specifically for this purpose.

The experts recommended looking for a gel furniture remover rather than trying to use your oven cleaner for this purpose.

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Gel formulas give you better control and are less likely to splatter or flow over areas you want to avoid, and they’re less expensive than you might think, with many brands landing in the $12-$20 range before they roll out any coupons or deals add business .

When in doubt, speak to a representative at your local hardware store who can help you find the right formula for your project and also guide you to the right safety gear.

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Jessica MacLeish

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