Ovens – not just for food anymore

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Always be sure to let everyone know if your son is playing with plastic bowls on, near or in the oven! We went to heat up the oven for dinner and were shocked when smoke filled the entire house. And what a refreshing smell…I love the smell of burnt plastic bowls in the morning.

Submitted by: Ted



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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=141500338 Kristin McGee Gates

    Oh, wow… I really would seriously consider a whole new oven, there is no way to clean all that plastic out.  The same rings true for a microwave, burnt plastic smell will stay forever.

    • Anonymous

      A bit of quality time with a scraper should take that stuff off the oven floor. Cleaning the racks and the element would be harder; it would be easier to replace them. If it’s a self-cleaning oven, run the self-cleaning cycle with some windows open and a fan running. If that still doesn’t solve the problem, then send the stove to the scrapyard, and put the few bucks from it toward a new one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.skirkanich Amanda Brooke Skirkanich

    oh man, was it time for a new oven or did this come clean?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-St-Jean-Waterman/1236514359 Jennifer St. Jean Waterman

    Sorry, but who let’s their kid play in/near/around the oven??

  • http://onemomstips.wordpress.com/ Angela S

    I know that stink!  I did it myself when I had pregnancy brain!

  • MrsSandford

    why would you let your child play with items IN the oven?? FYI ovens get HOT and can burn or KILL your child, not to mention your house/apartment… and plastic fumes are toxic, you need to replace that oven.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-M-Hunter/536850454 Valerie M. Hunter

      I am willing to bet money this wasn’t a decision the parent made, like, “Hey! Let’s let the kids play in the oven”… more like the kid threw the bowls in whilst parents pottied, or changed a diaper, or anything else that we have to do as busy parents. I am sure they never would have realized the oven gets hot without your comments. Some people are so rude.

      • MrsSandford

        rude is better than daft. and for the comment above I can honestly say with all four kids I have NEVER let them play alone with or around my oven…

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    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722256248 Ellie Machado

      Ovens get hot?  Who knew?  Meanwhile, in other news, the earth is ROUND!

  • Anonymous

    You are kidding Jennifer. Someday you will see that SH*t happens to the best of us.

  • Anonymous

    You are kidding Jennifer. Someday you will see that SH*t happens to the best of us.

  • http://inappropriateoutburst.wordpress.com/ Tara

    I’m sorry, but there’s no reason to jump on this guy. He clearly said smoke filled the house after he turned on the oven. So it sounds like, earlier in the day, while the oven was OFF and there was little reason to be standing vigil over a cold stove, the son decided to stash some bowls in there. Then, later, they turned on the oven without checking to make sure it was empty because there was no reason to think there was anything in there.
    As a mom who has found toys in my bed, colanders in my shower, and my keys in the play kitchen, I gotta say, kids like stashing things in odd places. Word to the wise, Ted — maybe invest in an oven lock on that new oven you’re going to need 🙂 Glad it didn’t cause a fire and no one was hurt!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracysmestad Tracy Smestad Johnson

    I love how the bowls melted down through the grates into kind of a kiddy potty seat shape! Jennifer and MrsSanford, lighten up… unless you can truly say that you’ve never had a parenting moment that was less than steller.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracysmestad Tracy Smestad Johnson

    I love how the bowls melted down through the grates into kind of a kiddy potty seat shape! Jennifer and MrsSanford, lighten up… unless you can truly say that you’ve never had a parenting moment that was less than steller.

  • Dawn Thomas

    I did that inadvertently when i put a cake pan in the oven.  Another plastic pan was stuck to the bottom of it when I put it in the oven…that was the WORST smell ever!  Good thing that was right before (literally the day before!) my new oven came.  If that had been in my new oven I would have been PISSED!

  • Dawn Thomas

    I did that inadvertently when i put a cake pan in the oven.  Another plastic pan was stuck to the bottom of it when I put it in the oven…that was the WORST smell ever!  Good thing that was right before (literally the day before!) my new oven came.  If that had been in my new oven I would have been PISSED!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JWEVANS1921 Whitney Evans

    are people really asking ‘who lets their kids play in, around or near an oven?’ lol its something that happens – like them playing the bathroom. geesh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JWEVANS1921 Whitney Evans

    are people really asking ‘who lets their kids play in, around or near an oven?’ lol its something that happens – like them playing the bathroom. geesh.

  • Julia Nichols

    When my son misbehaved, I used to take away his bedroom tv privileges (that’s where his playstation was hooked up).  One time I hid the remote in the George Foreman Grill and it was there for several weeks.  I decided to make hamburgers and preheated the grill and yes, the remote was ruined.  The grill was fine, but it cost me $40 to replace to remote!

    • Anonymous

      LOL….I love the hiding place for the remote!!

    • Anonymous

      A Universal Remote solves that nicely. Certainly less than $40.

  • Julia Nichols

    When my son misbehaved, I used to take away his bedroom tv privileges (that’s where his playstation was hooked up).  One time I hid the remote in the George Foreman Grill and it was there for several weeks.  I decided to make hamburgers and preheated the grill and yes, the remote was ruined.  The grill was fine, but it cost me $40 to replace to remote!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-M-Hunter/536850454 Valerie M. Hunter

    Oh NO!! That stinks. (heheh, I couldn’t help it.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-M-Hunter/536850454 Valerie M. Hunter

    Oh NO!! That stinks. (heheh, I couldn’t help it.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catharine-Brasch-Dunkerson/100000971158307 Catharine Brasch Dunkerson

    My  nephew did the same thing to my sister when he was  about two. She heated the oven to bake her daughter’s birthdaycake and soon smelled something , opened the oven to find a plastic toy pot with a pork chop bone in it. Kids are sneaky and this kind of thing can happen to anyone. My friend has had stuff like that happen to her curtiosy of her 2 austistic sons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1060251290 Christine Armington

    About two weeks ago my husband called me while I was in town to ask me where the bottle brush was, he needed to clean the twins bottles and couldn’t find it. I had to buy a new one while I was out. When I went to cook dinner that night I found it in the oven courtesy of my two year old (before I turned the oven on thankfully!). FYI: I don’t let my kids play in/near/around the oven … two year olds are sneaky little buggers so unless your kitchen is completely closed off or you spend your day stuck to your kids side …. it WILL happen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1822914803 Rose Flynn

    Yep, I have had company over cooking. Which is always a treat. Till they burn your feista tupperware bowl in your new oven :0) But I did get a New bowl out of it…LOL!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/abreakenridge Amanda Bernard

    Oh dear! I’m sure the smell must have been awful! I always try to remember to check the oven, because I leave stuff in there and then forget about it lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002036378166 Kristin Mendel

    Oh sooo sorry!! Thank goodness mine just likes to open it and bounce on the door like a springboard!

  • Molly

    Ugh how terrible! I hope everything came clean. And my kids play in the kitchen all the time. You can’t expect them to stay out of everything. It happens. I’m sure they weren’t letting their child play in the oven. Kids do stuff like that. I found a velcro baseball in my oven a couple months ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1211741963 Tamra South

    I have a rule at my house anyone using the oven must first open it and check for things that don’t belong before turning it on or they will be the one cleaning the mess because things like this have happened before. I also had a screwdriver handle melted to the heating element in my dishwasher I guess he thought it needed to be cleaned.

  • Michelle Mantelle

    O good Lord that’s awful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynn2dove Karen Haddrell

    I have seen adults do this, too. I dated a gentleman who liked to cook for me on the weekends, and EVERY weekend for 4 months, he forgot to take the pans that were stored IN the oven OUT of the oven before preheating.
    One evening he told me how he had finally ruined something this way, so I promptly removed EVERYTHING from his oven, and placed it all in the drawer underneath (which was empty). Why he hadn’t done this himself, I do not know. Go ahead and judge THAT one!

  • Crystal

    It’s people like the two posters who made negative/judging comments that has make this world a crappy place to raise a kid. Thanks to people like these two, we have cps taking our kids away for the stupidest shit and then we have dumb as bricks laws coming out that will eventually put most americans in jail or in the court system at one time in their child’s life. I wish we lived in a simpler time where it was “mind your own damn business and worry about your own kids/life” besides worrying about other peoples’ lives. But anyways, I know how you feel, my kids have destroyed alot of stuff around my house. Just recently my two-year old son has learned to sneak into the kitchen while we are preoccupied with another kid or something important and then climb on the counter and turn our microwave on and yes we usually store opened bags of snacks or food that we have leftover from a few minutes ago in there so now we make sure the microwave stays unplugged when not in use:)lol

  • Anonymous

    My mom has a habit of stashing homemade baked goodies in the oven. One day, when I decided to bake some cookies, I preheated the oven (standard procedure), and when I opened it to put the cookies in, I found my mom’s lidded pan O’ brownies in there. I pulled it out and opened it, and there was a plastic fork in there, needles to say, the fork was forked. Fortunately, no molten plastic fumes had to be dealt with. The brownies were fine; just a little warm. Ever since that night back in the mid 90s, I always check the oven before turning it on.

  • Anonymous

    I had a similar incident with the toaster. My daughter stashed a slice of pretend plastic cheese in there (while it was off and unplugged), it slid down the side of the little thingies that hold your bread and noone noticed it (even if we looked, which we probably didn’t) and then…hey presto melted “cheese” and that awful burnt plastic stench. Two new toasters were purchased the next day – a real one and a toy one. No more playing with Mummy’s toaster!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348622856 Suzie Fortney Hall

    OMG!!  I did that once – We had impromptu company so I grabbed a stack of dirty dishes and threw them in the oven to hide them.   I forgot them.  The next day  I melted my good strainer, ruined a pot, and our house smelled like burnt plastic for a week.