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Re: Oven Cleaner

To: Nicol <>
Subject: Re: Oven Cleaner
From: "W. R. Gibbons" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 10:14:00 -0400 (EDT)
On Sat, 14 Sep 1996, Nicol wrote:

> Just what is the active ingredient in oven cleaner anyway?  It seems as
> if quite a few of us use the stuff for things other than cleaning the
> oven.  How nasty is it?
> John Nicol
> Ewing, NJ
> '74 Datsun 240Z w/ small block chevy power

I'm not sure; in some of the cleaners I think it's NaOH (caustic soda, or 
sodium hydroxide).  Whatever it is, many if not all of the cleaners will 
eat aluminum.

   Ray Gibbons  Dept. of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
                Univ. of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
        (802) 656-8910

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