The way we were

Last reviewed: May 2011

Oven cleaners

Woman with cans of oven cleaner
Dirty, undignified, and hard on the back. That's how we described oven cleaning in 1980. Brush-on pastes were miserable to use and were not very effective. Aerosols did the job but could burn skin and eyes. Today's self-cleaning ovens deliver excellent results with the push of a button and zero elbow grease, your dignity intact.